Ghost of Zorro

Ghost of Zorro is a 1949 Republic Movie serial. It uses substantial stock footage from earlier serials, including Son of Zorro and Daredevils of the West. This movie was shot in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.

Ghost of Zorro
Directed byFred C. Brannon
Produced byFranklin Adreon
Written byRoyal K Cole
William Lively
Sol Shor
StarringClayton Moore
Pamela Blake
Roy Barcroft
George J. Lewis
Eugene Roth
Music byStanley Wilson
CinematographyJohn MacBurnie
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • March 24, 1949 (1949-03-24) (U.S. serial)[1]
  • June 30, 1959 (1959-06-30) (U.S. feature)[1]
Running time
12 chapters / 167 minutes (serial)[1]
69 minutes (feature)[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$165,086 (negative cost: $164,895)[1]


It's 1865 and the telegraph is heading west. George Crane, wanting to keep law and order out of his territory, is out to stop the construction. One of the main engineers on the job is Ken Mason, the grandson of the original Zorro. As Crane hires his men to stop the work, Mason finds himself in the legendary role his ancestor originated.



Ghost of Zorro was budgeted at $165,086 although the final negative cost was $164,895 (a $191, or 0.1 percent, under-spend).[2]

It was filmed between January 11 and February 2, 1949.[1] The serial's production number was 1702.[1]


  • Tom Steele as Ken Mason/Zorro (doubling Clayton Moore)

Special Effects

Special effects by the Lydecker brothers.



Ghost of Zorro's official release date is March 24, 1949, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

A 69-minute feature film version, created by editing the serial footage together, was released on June 30, 1959. It was one of fourteen feature films Republic made from their serials.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Bandit Territory (20min)
  2. Forged Orders (13min 20s)
  3. Robber's Agent (13min 20s)
  4. Victims of Vengeance (13min 20s)
  5. Gun Trap (13min 20s)
  6. Deadline at Midnight (13min 20s)
  7. Tower of Disaster (13min 20s)
  8. Mob Justice (13min 20s)
  9. Money Lure (13min 20s)
  10. Message of Death (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  11. Runaway Stagecoach (13min 20s)
  12. Trail of Blood (13min 20s)


See also


  1. Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 110–111. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. Foguel, Israel, ed. (2016). Zorro: Astuto Como A Raposa (1st ed.). p. 31. ISBN 978-85-920512-4-2.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 248–249. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc (1948)
Republic Serial
Ghost of Zorro (1949)
Succeeded by
King of the Rocket Men (1949)
Preceded by
Son of Zorro (1947)
Zorro Serial
Ghost of Zorro (1949)
Succeeded by
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