Wednesday, June 11, 2008

June 11: Dangerous! Daring! Devil-May-Care!

On this day in 1960, Disney released the live-action feature The Sign of Zorro, starring Guy Williams, to U.S. theaters. (The film had been released overseas in 1958.) The Sign of Zorro was actually put together from episodes of Disney's half-hour TV series Zorro.
Based on the character originally created by Johnston McCulley back in 1919, Disney's Zorro first premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC-TV. During its run, 78 episodes were produced as well as 4 hour-long specials. Zorro was very popular with kids and its theme song (written by Norman Foster and George Bruns) was first recorded by the Mellomen (a singing quartet featuring Thurl Ravenscroft).
The Sign of Zorro finds the masked avenger up against Captain Monastario, a corrupt military governor who wants to make Southern California his own!

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