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Zorro's Fighting Legion - GREAT serial starts Saturday morning, March 7th


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Zorro was the subject of several Republic serials, but this was by far the very best. *Zorro's Fighting Legion* starred Reed Hadley as Don Diego Vega and was the only serial that was about the original Zorro.

 

This was one of the best Republic serials ever made, and Republic was far and away the best studio making serials. I'd put this in the top five serials from the studio.

 

There is a stunt in chapter 7 which look familiar to fans of "Stagecoach" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Zorro rides alongside a stagecoach, leaps to the horses, drops down underneath them, then on the ground under the stagecoach and grabs the end of the underside and climbs back up. The stunt was very similar to one done the same year in "Stagecoach" by an Indian leaping to the horses and then falling down between the horses and under the stagecoach (but without the climbing back up at the end). They should look similar, both were performed by the same stuntman, Yakima Canutt. (His son, Joe, was the double for Charlton Heston in the chariot race in "Ben-Hur.")

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