Zorro Rides to the Mission

Season 1 - Episode 3

Airdate: 10/24/57
Starring: Guy Williams (Zorro and Don Diego)
With: Britt Lomond (Capitan Monastario), Henry Calvin (Sergeant Garcia), Romney Brent (Padre Felipe), Gene Sheldon (Bernardo), Jan Arvan (Nacho Torres)
Directed by: Norman Foster
Teleplay by: Teleplay by: Jackson Gillis, Malcolm S. Boylan. Based on the Zorro Stories by Johnston McCulley
Associate Producer: William H. Anderson
Music: William Lava
Set Decoration: Emile Kuri, Hal Gausman
Art Director: Marvin Aubrey Davis
Photography: Gordon Avil, A.S.C.
Film Editors: Roy Livingston, A.C.E., Hugh Chaloupka
Costumer: Chuck Keehne
Make-up: Pat McNalley
Sound: Robert O. Cook
Fencing Master: Fred Cavens
Assistant Director: Vincent McEveety
Production Coordinator: Louis Debney
Acknowledgement: The producer is grateful to the Franciscan Padres of Mission San Luis Rey at Oceanside, California.
Production #5853

The Story Line

Torres' safety at the mission is imperiled when a peasant informs Monastario of his hiding place in exchange for the reward money. Monastario takes the lancers and surrounds the mission, but when he tries to enter the church his path is blocked by Padre Felipe. The strong-willed commandante has met his match in the clergyman, for the padre demands that the soldiers leave without violating the sanctuary of the church. Otherwise, Monastario will face the wrath of the people, as well as the king of Spain and the Pope. With that threat hanging over him, Monastario exits but doesn't give up. Instead, the capitan forces the local Indians to build a road through a rocky area, vowing to make them work until Torres surrenders.

The cries of the slave workers are soon heard at the mission and Torres decides to surrender to spare them further hardship. Just as Torres walks out to give himself up, Zorro arrives and frees the Indians, who flee into the hills. Monastario races up behind Zorro and attacks the masked rider, but after a fierce battle the commandante is defeated and Zorro rides to safety once more.

Production Notes

  • The working title of this episode was Zorro Goes to Church.
  • Location filming took place at the Mission San Luis Rey and Iverson Ranch.
  • The Indian who reveals Torres' hiding place was played by Charles Stevens, a grandson of the famous chief Geronimo.

Scene Images

Monastario blames Garcia for letting Zorro escape
Monastario forces the hapless Sergeant Garcia to accept the blame for the woes of the night before.
Monastario learns Torres is at the mission
It looks bad for Torres when a renegade Indian tells the capitan that the fugitive is hiding at the monastery.
Diego and Bernardo set off to visit Torres
Diego and Bernardo's peaceful ride to check on Torres is interrupted when Monastario races past them with a patrol of lancers.
A tour of the mission grounds
At the mission, Padre Felipe and Torres are relaxing outside, unaware that the soldiers are almost there.
Torres gets a warnring
Luckily for Torrres, one of the mission Indians spots the approaching patrol and sounds the bell to alert him.
Padre Felipe blocks the way
Monastario is visibly frustrated to learn that he cannot remove Torrres from the protection of the church.
Diego reassures Torres
While the capitan plots his next move, Diego tells Torres that his family is safe for the time being.
Garcia orders the Indians to stop working
A commotion develops outside when Garcia, unhappily acting under orders, forces the Indians to stop harvesting the orange crop.
Monastario has another evil plan
Monastario reveals his new plan, forcing the Indians to build a useless road under harsh conditions, hoping it will make Torres surrender to save them.
Padre Felipe tries to salvage the crop
A dispirited Padre Felipe is left alone to salvage the mission's vital crop before it is lost to cold weather that night.
Diego tells Bernardo to get Tornado
Diego tells Bernardo to go back to the cave and to return with Tornado in two hours.
Diego and Padre Felipe can't help the Indians
Diego and Padre Felipe can only watch in sorrow and frustration as the Indians are forced to work on the road.

Scene Images

Monastario threatens to beat the Indians
Diego agrees to tell Torres of Monastario's threat to begin whipping the Indians if he does not surrender.
The Indians are mistreated
Meanwhile, the Indians are being forced to move massive boulders with only primitive tools and their bare hands.
Monastario enters the church
Heedful of the padre's earlier admonition, Monastario stops to remove his hat and make a donation to the poor as he enters the church.
Diego stalls Monastario
Diego delays Monastario by playing a series of songs on the organ while Torres prays for guidance.
Monastario becomes incensed
Furious to learn that several Indians have escaped, Monastario tells Torres what happens next is his fault.
The men can only watch
Unable to stop it, the men watch as the soldiers beat the helpless Indians.
A brutal guard
One particularly brutal guard seems to enjoy whipping the prisoners.
Torees decides to surrender
Unable to watch any longer, Torres decides to surrender.
Zorro rides to the rescue
Just then Zorro arrives on the scene, for Diego had slipped away in the confusion. He then engages Monastario in a fierce battle using whips.
Zorro wins again
Monastario is defeated yet again, and Zorro rides victoriously into the night.

Publicity Photos

All captions are from the Disney syndication publicity kit. Click on the photos for larger versions.

Monastario threatens the Indian

Capitan Monastario (Britt Lomond) takes advantage of a defenseless Indian to arouse the ire of his arch enemy, Zorro.

A stroll in the garden

Padre Felipe (Romney Brent) and Torres (Jan Arvan) stroll in the orange grove of the Padre's mission.

Diego and the padre

Don Diego (Guy Williams) and Padre Felipe (Romney Brent) are justifiably disturbed when the military upsets a bagful of oranges they are carrying.

Preview of this episode

"Be with us next week, when Monastario takes over the famous Mission San Gabriel"

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