Have you seen the movie Zorro: The Gay Blade? I watched it long ago in the 80's when I was a kid, and I thought it was hilarious back then. I decided to watch it again. Apparently this is a hot-tick item to rent, or Netflix has only ONE COPY of it, as it took nearly a year for me to get the DVD from Netflix. I gave it a watch last night, and it was as bad/as good as you would think it might be.
Plot summary for Zorro: The Gay Blade
Mexico, 1840s. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, wealthy landowner Don Diego Vega follows in his late father's footsteps and becomes Zorro, the masked man in black with a sword who rights wrongs and becomes a folk hero to the people of Mexico. When Vega sprains his ankle and cannot figure out how to continue his campaign against the corrupt Captain Esteban, luck stays with Vega when his long-lost twin brother Ramon, who was sent off by their father to the British Royal Navy to make a "man" of him, whom is also flamboyantly gay, and now known as Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth, appears for a visit. 'Bunny' agrees to temporarily take his brother's place as Zorro, but wishes to make some changes. Bunny becomes 'the Gay Blade' in which his new suits are lemon, plum, and scarlet colored, and Bunny insists on using a whip. Bunny also becomes the liaison between Don Vega and the liberal American activist/feminist Charlotte a long-time critic of Captain Esteban's policies, and who has a crush on her masked hero.
- Written by John Vogel
Here are a few brief video teasers to give you a glimpse into the movie:
My jaw dropped throughout much of the movie, and I have to admit that I cackled pretty hard a couple of times. I kept thinking that this movie could NOT be made today. But that theory was shot to hell after watching the latest episode of Workaholics: