The Mark of Zorro (1920 film)

1920 film by Fred Niblo, Theodore Reed

The Mark of Zorro is a 1920 film about a seemingly idiotic fop who is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Out of the mystery of the unknown - appeared a masked rider who rode up and down the great highway
Directed by Fred Niblo and Theodore Reed. Written by Eugene Miller and Douglas Fairbanks, based on the 1919 story "The Curse of Capistrano" by Johnston McCulley.


  • [passionately wooing Lolita] If this could be - The high Sierras I would level to your feet - The wild waves on Capistrano's shore should pay you homage - I'd make the desert a million roses yield - - to die in shame before your beauty- If this could be!
  • I give you a safe rule, good landlady. Never do anything on an empty stomach - but eat!
  • Justice for all! Punishment for the oppressors of the helpless - from the governor down.
  • Oh, such lips! Turn not away. Your face is heaven - all else is blackness!
  • You idlers! You wasters! You fashion-plates! You sit and sip your wine while the naked back of an unprotesting soldier of Christ is lashed with the whip!
  • The heaven-kissed hills of your native California swarm with the sentinels of oppression! Are your pulses dead? Thank God, mine is not - and I pledge you my blood's as noble as the best!
  • No force that tyranny could bring would dare oppose us - once united. Our country's out of joint. It is for us caballeros, and us alone, to set it right!

Sgt. Pedro Gonzales

  • It's a good thing for that carver of Z's that he keeps out of reach of my sword. I'll carve Gonzales all over his body.


  • Title Card: Oppression - by its very nature - creates the power that crushes it. A champion arises - a champion of the oppressed - whether it be a Cromwell or someone unrecorded, he will be there. He is born.
  • Title Card: Out of the mystery of the unknown - appeared a masked rider who rode up and down the great highway..
  • Soldier: This Zorro comes upon you like a graveyard ghost and like a ghost he disappears.


Zorro: I have a servant - a wonder at the guitar. Tonight I shall order him to come out and play beneath your window.
Lolita Pulido: I have a maid - passionately fond of music!

Lolita Pulido: Why do wear a mask?
Zorro: Perhaps to hide the features of a De Bergerac.

Zorro: Once, in a garden I saw a beautiful rose - I sought to pluck it - quickly. It stung me - Then - - slowly - - cautiously - I reached for it - - and the rose was mine!
Lolita Pulido: Indeed! Then I'm but another rose?
Zorro: An, no señorita. You are too wonderful! I dare not even hope.

Lolita Pulido: Your swordsmanship? Where did you learn the blade?
Zorro: In Spain, señorita, where there are no eyes like yours.

Sgt. Pedro Gonzales: We seek the vulture, Zorro!
Don Diego Vega: You're too fat, Gonzales. Poison the mountain tops and set your traps in the clouds - perhaps you'll have better luck.

Lolita Pulido: I - give you - freely - the kiss he would have taken. [kisses Zorro] I fear for your safety, señor.
Zorro: Fear not - their wits are as slow as their blades. The weapons you use pierce deep, señorita.

Zorro: You trust me, Señorita?
Lolita Pulido: To love is to trust, señor.