The Bold Caballero

The Bold Caballero is a 1936 adventure film written and directed by Wells Root. It is based on the character Zorro, created by Johnston McCulley. The characters Don Alejandro Vega (Don Diego's father) and Bernardo are notably absent. Native American stars include Chief Thundercloud as Don Diego Vega/Zorro's aide and Charles Stevens as Captain Vargas. John Merton appears uncredited in this film as a First Sergeant. Merton also appears in Zorro's Fighting Legion as Manuel and Zorro's Black Whip as Harris. The film is notable for being the first "talking Zorro movie", as the first two Zorro movies were silent films, and the first in color (Magnacolor). It was shot in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. The film was released on December 1, 1936, by Republic Pictures.[1][2]

The Bold Caballero
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWells Root
Produced byNat Levine
Written byWells Root
StarringRobert Livingston
Heather Angel
Sig Ruman
Robert Warwick
Emily Fitzroy
Music byKarl Hajos
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Alvin Wyckoff
Edited byLester Orlebeck
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 1, 1936 (1936-12-01)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States


Zorro (Robert Livingston) has been captured and set for execution, charged with the murder of the new Governor (Robert Warwick) in Spanish California, as the governor was marked with a "Z". Zorro escapes, and reveals his identity to the governor's daughter, Isabella (Heather Angel). However, Isabella then has Don Diego arrested. He convinces Isabella that the Commandante (Sig Ruman) was the real killer, as the "Z" on the Governor was backwards. Eventually, Isabella helps free Don Diego, the Commandante is killed, and Diego and Isabella are reunited.



  1. "The-Bold-Caballero - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  2. "The Bold Caballero (1936) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
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