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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by patina » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:13 pm

Wednesday, June 21 (Zorro Fights His Father)

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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by Adamant » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:00 am

Fights his own father? I assume he just used defensive strokes--not offensive ones. Do you know if the actors did their own sword work as D'Arcy and Angeville (can't remeber the actors' names except Dolenz) did in "Marie, My Love?"
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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by ponderosagirl » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:48 am

Why is he fighting his father?

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Post by Calamity » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:41 am

Oh no!
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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by Krycha » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:10 pm

It looks dangerous!

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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by patina » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:25 pm

Adamant wrote:Fights his own father? I assume he just used defensive strokes--not offensive ones. Do you know if the actors did their own sword work as D'Arcy and Angeville (can't remeber the actors' names except Dolenz) did in "Marie, My Love?"
Guy Williams was doubled by his stuntman, Buddy Van Horn, in this scene as Zorro's fencing was done from horseback. Walt Disney couldn't take a chance on his leading man getting injured.

George J. Lewis (Don Alejandro) appears to be doubled a few times in this scene.

The majority of Zorro's fencing scenes in the series were done by Guy Williams. Early in his acting career (in the early 1950s), he took up fencing under a world-famous master because he enjoyed it (GW's father had taught him the basics) and he thought it might someday be useful in his acting career. He was doubled a few times in the course of the series, as in this scene from Zorro Fights His Father, due to a stunt being part of the duel.

Britt Lomond did his own fencing the majority of the time because he was both an Olympic-level fencer and he'd been doubling actors in fencing scenes in motion pictures for several years. After Britt Lomond left Zorro, almost all of Zorro's opponents in duels were doubled by Buddy Van Horn, Fred Cavens, or Al Cavens.

Fred Cavens was a fencing master who coached actors such as Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, and Tyrone Powers for swashbuckling movies. He developed screen fencing with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. in the 1920s Zorro movies. Cavens choreographed the duels in blockbuster swashbuckling movies such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Captain Blood. Interestingly, Cavens coached the three actors who played Zorro onscreen--Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Tyrone Power, and Guy Williams. Al Cavens, Fred's son, began fencing as a little boy under his father's instruction and he doubled many actors in dueling scenes in swashbuckler movies as well as guest stars and bad guys on Zorro.
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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by patina » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:35 pm

Thursday, June 21 (Adios Senor Magistrado)

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Post by ponderosagirl » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:26 am

With Alejandro backing him, Zorro saves the day!

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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by Calamity » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:49 am

:very happy They look so good.
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Re: Zorro and Alejandro POD, June 18-22

Post by Krycha » Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:36 pm

They both are very handsome men !

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