The movie is set in the 1820s when California was a Spanish colony. Don Diego Vega (Tyrone Power) is the young scion of a rich family. After being "polished" at the Spanish court, he comes home to California. To his horror, the entire community, the rich and poor, are being terrorized by a vicious dictatorship. The governor taxes the poor of all they own and tortures and kills them when they protest. The rich are too cowed to react. The governor is weak, vicious, and stupid. He is directed by Captain Estaban (Basil Rathbone) who controls the army.
Don Diego is not well known since he has been in Spain. He adopts the pose of a foolish fastidious fop who cares for nothing but finery. But at night he is Zorro terrorizing the governor to force him to abdicate as governor and return to Spain.
In the meantime, he falls in love with the governor's neice (Linda Darnell). She despises the fop as weak and unmanly. But at the same time, she adores Zorro as brave.
Captain Estaban has his eye on Don Diego, suspecting him to be Zorro.
A truly wonderful movie that is great for kids and grownups alike. Excitement, wonderful sword fights between Rathbone and Power, and comedy with the foolish governor and also the priest (Eugene Pallette) who secretly helps Zorro. And of course romance.
The review of this Movie prepared by Fenella