Zorro, Luckiest Swordsman Alive

Season 1 - Episode 12

Airdate: 12/26/57
Starring: Guy Williams (Zorro and Don Diego)
With: Britt Lomond (Capitan Monastario), Henry Calvin (Sergeant Garcia), Romney Brent (Padre Felipe), Gene Sheldon (Bernardo), Than Wyenn (Licenciado Piña), Tony Russo (Carlos Martinez)
Directed by: Norman Foster
Teleplay by: Lowell S. Hawley. Based on the Zorro Stories by Johnston McCulley
Associate Producer: William H. Anderson
Music: William Lava
Art Director: Marvin Aubrey Davis
Photography: Gordon Avil, A.S.C.
Film Editor: Roy Livingston, A.C.E.
Set Decoration: Emile Kuri, Hal Gausman
Costumer: Chuck Keehne
Make-up: Pat McNalley
Sound: Robert O. Cook
Fencing master: Fred Cavens
Unit Manager: Roy Wade
Assistant Director: Vincent McEveety
Production Coordinator: Louis Debney
Production #5862

The Story Line

With Martinez in jail for the botched robbery, the capitan has another scheme to discredit Zorro and fakes the prisoner's death, burying a coffin full of rocks in his place. This will allow the fake Zorro to rob the villagers and then vanish, finally discrediting the masked rider.

That night, Martinez steals a jeweled crown from the mission. Martinez slashes a bold "Z" across the altar to frame Zorro for the crime, and while fleeing, kills an Indian who saw the crime. Monastario's plan appears to be working, for the people begin to turn against Zorro, believing their former hero to be a villain. Even Padre Felipe is convinced that Zorro was behind the theft and murder.

Diego is confused, for he, too, believes Martinez to be dead. In an attempt to find the new impostor, he visits the tavern. There, he secretly tosses a fake ruby at the feet of a dancer, followed by other gems which could have come from the stolen crown but are actually Diego's possessions. The resulting confusion upsets the commandante, for he suspects Martinez of having broken his promise to stay in hiding.

Monastario rides to where the killer is staying to check on him. Martinez denies the capitan's allegations and in turn accuses Monastario of trying to cheat him. The two draw their swords and begin to battle, with Martinez soon defeating the capitan. Diego wants to capture Martinez, but he has to pretend to be clumsy with a sword to protect his secret. His plan to capture Martinez almost works, but Monastario shoots the outlaw to death to stop him from revealing the capitan's involvement.

Production Notes

  • George J. Lewis appears as Don Alejandro but is not listed in the credits. Elvera Corona (Pilar Fuentes), Pat Hogan (Benito), Roque Ybarra (Innocente), and Nestor Paiva (Gonzales) also appeared but were not listed.
  • This episode was the last appearance of Padre Felipe, Benito, and Innocente.
  • The Disney Treasures DVD set incorrectly lists this episode as Zorro, The Luckiest Swordsman Alive.
  • The Bell Ranch was used again for the location scenes.
  • Lou Roberson was the stunt man who took an impressive fall when Martinez is shot.

Scene Images

Monastario claims Martinez was shot while escaping
Monastario's newest scheme to discredit Zorro begins as a squad of lancers loads a coffin on a cart.
Monastario convinces Garcia to go along with his story
Monastario convinces Sergeant Garcia to tell everyone that he shot Martinez when the prisoner tried to escape.
Garcia spreads the lie
Garcia then leads the squad to the graveyard, boasting that he killed Martinez with a single shot.
Bernardo hears the news
Bernardo is surprised to hear the news and rushes home to tell Diego of the strange events.
Diego tries to figure it out
Diego tries to make sense of the situation, surmising that Monastario may have murdered Martinez to keep him from talking about the robbery.
Martinez is actually alive
It turns out that Martinez is very much alive, for Monastario had a coffin full of rocks buried.
Martinez gets his orders
Monastario meets with Martinez and tells him he is to impersonate Zorro yet again to discredit the masked rider.
Martinez rides to the mission
Martinez then rides to the mission dressed as Zorro and slips inside.
Martinez is arrested
Monastario's plan is simple - Martinez will steal the jewels from the mission and the people will turn against their hero.
Diego trains Tornado
Things take a deadly turn when one of the mission Indians tries to stop Martinez and is killed.
Benito brings disturbing news
Diego is enjoying a quiet night playing his guitar when Benito arrives with word that Zorro was seen near the mission.
Diego finds a way to leave
Surprised at the news, Diego fakes a broken guitar string and quickly leaves the room.
Alejandro is confused
Looking at the guitar, Alejandro is surprised and confused when he realizes all of the strings are intact. Is Diego up to something?
A nasty surprrise
At the mission, Zorro is astonished when the formerly friendly Indians try to kill him and he barely escapes with his life.
Diego discovers why
Returning home, Diego learns of the murdered Indian and stolen jewels.
Diego realizes there is a fake Zorro?
Diego realizes that Monastario must have had someone impersonate Zorro again.

Scene Images

Diego hatches a plan
Diego shows Bernardo a box of fake jewels, saying he plans to use them to trick Monastario into leading them to the fake Zorro.
The tavern is busy
The two men ride to the cantina, where Pilar is entertaining with a lively flamenco dance.
Diego baits the trap
While watching the dance with Licenciado Piña, Diego tosses one of the fake jewels onto the floor without being seen.
Pina takes the bait
Everyone is amazed when several of the jewels are discovered - especially Piña, as Diego suggests that whoever stole the jewels may be behind it.
Monastario thinks he has been double-crossed
Piña rushes to tell Monastario of the strange development. Monastario is outraged at the news and vows to find out what Martinez has been doing.
Diego and Bernardo follow Monastario
Diego and Bernardo are waiting when Monastario rides out of the cuartel to confront Martinez and they follow him into the hills.
The villians argue
As they watch, the two villains argue with each other then begin a spirited battle.
Monastario is wounded
Martinez ends the fight by stabbing Monastario in the hand, then prepares to flee.
Diego tries to capture Martinez
Unable to change into Zorro, Diego rushes out and challenges Martinez with a sword, astonishing both the killer and Monastario.
Diego pretends to be clumsy
Determined to hide his skill with a sword, Diego seemingly flails wildly as he charges at Martinez.
Martinez is shot
Despite the handicap, Diego has Martinez fleeing for his life when a shot runs out. Martinez falls, mortally wounded.
Monastario has silenced Martinez
Monastario has silenced him forever to keep the killer from revealing the capitan's involvement in the robberies.
Diego claims to have been lucky
Diego attributes his success against Martinez as his being "the luckiest swordsman alive."
Monastario looks suspicious
Diego's luck may be running out, though, as Monastario looks thoughtfully after him when he heads home.

Publicity Photos

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

Monastario strikes a pose

Sultry Elvera Corona, a shapely flamenco dancer, essays a Spanish dance.

Zorro heps Alejandro

Hired as the deadliest swordsman in all California, Carlos Martinez (Tony Russo) is given a lesson in the lethal art by Don Diego, alias Zorro the Fox. Discomfited killer was to be the tool of the vicious Monastario, local military tyrant.

Monastario strikes a pose

Don Diego (Guy Williams) appraises stolen jewelry with Capitan Monastario (Britt Lomond).

Preview of this episode

"Next week, driven to desperation, Monastario throws caution to the wind!"

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