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Don Diego de la Vega opposes the corrupt tyrants of Spanish California as the masked swordsman, Zorro.
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Complete series cast summary:
Guy Williams ...  Don Diego de la Vega / ... 82 episodes, 1957-1961
Gene Sheldon ...  Bernardo 82 episodes, 1957-1961
Henry Calvin ...  Sgt. Demetrio Lopez Garcia / ... 81 episodes, 1957-1961
Don Diamond ...  Corp. Reyes / ... 52 episodes, 1957-1959
George J. Lewis ...  Don Alejandro de la Vega / ... 48 episodes, 1957-1961


The only son of Don Alejandro returns to 1820s California to fight the corrupt local military. He plays the foppish dandy by day and the masked swordsman Zorro who slashes "Z"s everywhere by night. His horses (black and white) are Tornado and Phantom. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Interestingly in this Spanish Western series, Don Diego de la Vega has a mute servant named Bernardo who pretends to also be deaf. In "The Mask of Zorro", Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) is called Bernardo by Don Alejandro Murrietta (Antonio Banderas). No doubt playing a part he knew all too well, acting out his role almost the same way probably from experience with his friend. See more »


Theme Song Singers: [theme Song] Out of the night/When the full moon is bright/Comes the horseman known as Zorro!/This bold renegade/Carves a "Z" with his blade/The "Z" that stands for "Zorro!"/Zorro!/The fox so cunning and free!/Zorro!/Who makes the sign of the "Z!"/Zorro! Zorro! Zorro! Zorro!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


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An all-time favorite of children's television
17 March 1999 | by Jill-30See all my reviews

It is 1820 and a ship approaches the coast of Spanish California with young Don Diego de la Vega returning to his father's hacienda in the pueblo of Los Angeles. Recalled home after 3 years at University in Spain, Diego learns from the Capitan that the trouble his father hinted at in his letters is due to the political oppression of the new Commandante, Capitan Monastario. Realizing that he cannot hope to fight the soldiers as himself, Diego decides that "if one cannot wear the skin of the lion, put on that of the fox." By day he will appear to be a lazy, bookish, pacifist dandy. By night he will don the black clothes, a cape, and a mask and become the "Friend of the People", El Zorro, the Fox.

Although "Zorro" aired in the early days of television in B&W, it retains a fresh, modern quality, especially in the colorized version. In one half-hour show we get plot, action, comedy, drama, music, and even Spanish dancing. Everything was done under the guidance of Walt Disney and director Norman Foster with attention to detail, high production values, and Spanish flavor. The cast was wonderful, especially Henry Calvin as Sgt. Garcia, Gene Sheldon as the "deaf"-mute servant, Bernardo, George L. Lewis as Don Alejandro, Don Diamond as Cpl. Reyes, and co-star Britt Lomond as the evil Capitan Monastario. The author and inventor of Zorro, Johnston McCulley felt that the pages of his books had come to life in this show. Guy Williams, in the dual role of Diego/Zorro will never be surpassed as either. He remains for a generation of Babyboomers the real Zorro.

"Zorro" airs nightly on the Disney Channel. The 78 episodes are shown alternately all in B&W and then again in the colorized version. Even today it remains my favorite program on television.

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10 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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$82,000 (estimated)
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