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This wraps up Zorro Rides Again. I hope you enjoyed the old popcorn movie chapter plays. I know I did when they originally came out.
Below is a wikipedia info on the movie for those interested in learning more.
Zorro Rides AgainFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zorro Rides AgainDirected byWilliam Witney
John EnglishProduced bySol C. SiegelWritten byFranklin Adreon
Johnston McCulley (original Zorro novel)StarringJohn Carroll
Noah Beery, Sr.
Richard AlexanderMusic byAlberto Colombo
Eddie Cherkose (aka Eddie Maxwell)
Lou HandmanCinematographyWilliam NoblesEdited byHelene Turner
Edward ToddDistributed byRepublic PicturesRelease dates
68 minutes (feature)
6 26½-minute episodes(TV)CountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget$98,110 (negative cost: $110,753)Zorro Rides Again (1937) is a 12-chapter Republic Pictures film serial. It was the eighth of the sixty-six Republic serials, the third with awestern theme (a third of Republic's serials were westerns) and the last produced in 1937. The serial was directed by William Witney & John English and starred John Carroll as a modern descendant of the original Zorro. The plot is a fairly standard western storyline about a villain attempting to illicitly take valuable land (in this case a new railroad). The setting is a hybrid of modern (1930s) and western elements that was used occasionally in B-Westerns (such as the western feature films also produced by Republic).
PlotIn contemporary (for the 1937 production) California, villain J. A. Marsden aims to take over the California-Yucatan Railroad with the aid of his henchman El Lobo. The rightful owners, Joyce and Phillip Andrews, naturally object. Their parter, Don Manuel Vega summons his nephew, James Vega, to help them as he is the great grandson of the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega. He is disappointed, however, to find that his nephew is a useless fop (presumably Don Manuel had not paid too much attention to his family history).
Nevertheless, James Vega installs himself in the original Zorro's hideout and adopts the Zorro identity to defeat Marsden and El Lobo. This Zorro uses twin pistols and (like the original Zorro) a whip as his main weapons of choice, rather than a more traditional sword.
It was shot in Bronson Canyon, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Angeles National Forest, and Chatsworth, Los Angeles.
StuntsIn the opinion of Cline, one of the most memorable stunt scenes in the history of film serials is shown in Zorro Rides Again. Stuntman Yakima Canutt plays Zorro as he gallops up to the cab of a moving truck and swings from the saddle to its running board. Even a small mistake during this sequence would have been lethal for Canutt.
ReleaseTheatricalZorro Rides Again's official release date is 20 November 1937, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges. A 68-minute feature film version, created by editing the serial footage together, was released on 22 September 1938 and re-released on 16 January 1959. The feature film had a working title of Mysterious Don Miguelbefore returning to the original name Zorro Rides Again. This was one of fourteen feature films Republic made from their serials.
TelevisionIn the early 1950s, Zorro Rides Again was one of fourteen Republic serials edited into a television series. It was broadcast in six 26½-minute episodes.
The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale; no one can prove their connection to profiteer Marsden....
Directors: John English, William Witney
Writers: Barry Shipman (original screenplay), John Rathmell (original screenplay)
Stars: John Carroll, Helen Christian, Reed Howes