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1958 Review of Zorro from TV Guide
Originally donated by Joanne Slappo.
Picture provided by Julie Martin.

Review from TV Guide -- 4 January 1958 or 9 August 1958 (source was unsure)
Credited to R.S.


Zorro is an action-packed series that keeps children and their elders, too, close to their television sets.

ABC insists that it is not a Western, and perhaps rightly so. The hero is not a cowboy but a Spanish don; the villain is not a quick-on-the-draw gunman, but the commander of a Spanish fort in Old California, and the dons live in haciendas not ranch houses. Even if you tag the series as a Western, you certainly can’t label it adult. None of the characters has a psychological problem and the plots are devoted strictly to derring-do.

Guy Williams plays the title role, the poetry-loving son of a Spanish nobleman who rides at night as the masked Zorro. He’s the Robin Hood of Old California, out to protect the dons and their peons from the tyrannies of the greed Army officer. Williams is an acrobatic hero who can swash and buckle with the best.

Britt Lomand cuts a fine figure as the dastardly Capt. Monastario, who it’s obvious Zorro will outwit each week. Henry Calvin draws some laughs as the portly, dim-witted Sergeant. Garcia. Gene Sheldon, a fine vaudeville comedian, is wasted as Zorro’s deaf-mute servant, Bernardo, and George J. Lewis looks the part of a Spanish grandee, as Zorro’s father.

The series is unusual in that the action continues from one episode to the next. The scripts are simple enough, though, so that you can tune in any week without fear of having missed what went before.

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