The return of El Zorro: five curiosities of a mythical series

With the announcement of El Trece, fans of the fiction released in 1957 celebrated the return of Don Diego de la Vega and his adventures. Pearls of a story that has no expiration.

The strength of the fans was stronger and what was an insistent request on social networks and even a flood of calls to the channel, had its reward. After 16 years of uninterrupted transmission, El Trece had taken El Zorro off the air. It was in November 2019 and now, in quarantine, the authorities decided to reissue the series.

“The story is seen by many children and transmits teachings that help boys and girls acquire human and social values ​​such as the defense of justice, the weakest, respect for authority that seeks the common good and the frank fight, not cunning, against arbitrariness and wickedness. On current television there are few programs that are entertaining and also educate. let’s not lose The Fox!” read the petition posted on, which garnered more than 6,000 signatures.

Five curiosities of a success that has no expiration date.

On his steed, when the moon rises, the brave Zorro appears.

1) Birth

The strip landed on the screen in 1957, but it reached Argentine television in 1968, in black and white (Channel 13). Diego de la Vega was seen for the first time in color in 1992, through the same signal. It only had three seasons (83 episodes), but it seemed like many more, due to the constant repetitions.

2) Prehistory

The series is based on films that years before had starred in the cinema two stars of that time like Douglas Faribanks and Tyrone Power, in different versions. the first film, The Mark of Zorro (The Mark of the Fox) is dumb, 1920, based on the novel by Johnston McCulley The Curse of Capistrano. the other filmof the same title, is from 1940, promoted by 20th Century Fox.

3) Bernardo, that faithful friend

The actor who played the mute character was Gene Sheldon, a comedian. Born in 1908 in Ohio and died in Los Angeles in 1982. He began in art at a very young age, as a stage assistant to his father Earl, a magician. At 17 he was already an announcer for a station in Ohio.

4) Behind the mask

Guy Williams (actually called Armando Joseph Catalano) was an actor born in New York. She won the role after an acting test and was paid $2,500 a week to play it. For that demanding role, she took round-the-clock fencing lessons. He was born on January 14, 1924, in New York and died on April 30, 1989, in Buenos Aires. His remains were for a time in the pantheon of the Argentine Association of Actors. In 1991 his son Steve received his ashes in California and fulfilled his father’s wish that they be scattered in the mountains of California, on the beach in Malibu and in the Pacific Ocean.

5) A long-term investment

To meet Walt Disney’s demands, the most expensive sets ever for a western were built. Several blocks of buildings were erected in the town of La Reina de Los Ángeles, including the police station, the tavern, and the house of the De la Vega family. The budget was more than 100 thousand dollars.

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The return of El Zorro: five curiosities of a mythical series

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