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Zorro slices through the Silver Screen

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The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues Saturday, July 3, with "The Mark of Zorro," from 1940. The black-and-white film will be shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn. Admission is free. For information, call 530-878-7938. In the movie, villains control Old California, but Tyrone Power's Diego refuses to submit to tyranny, and his outlaw Zorro - the Fox! - comes to the rescue. This masked avenger battles the evil-doers, matches wits and swords with Basil Rathbone, and romances Linda Darnell. Zorro's disguise consists of more than a mask and a black costume. Posing as a fop, expressing less interest in California's politics than he does in the temperature of his bath water, Don Diego convinces the bad guys that he himself poses no threat to their regime. Meanwhile, his Zorro attacks and schemes with underhanded cunning. His brilliance attracts the attention of two people: ambitious Captain Pasquale (Rathbone), watching for his chance at power; and the dictator's young daughter, who finds herself unable to resist the charming outlaw. "Plenty of action," says "Variety" of this movie — "wild riding and rapier-wielding." The next scheduled movie is "Topper," with Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, and Roland Young, on Aug. 7. — Staff report