Milquetoast by day and Superman at night, Tyrone Power outdoes Doug Fairbanks' earlier characterization of Diego Vega (alias Zorro), the Spanish Robin Hood of sixteenth century California. He rescues peasants, puts villains to the sword, and woos fair ladies with swashbuckling bravado. But porcine Engene Pallete steals acting honors as a he-man parish priest who crosses himself with one hand while wielding a wicked cudgel with a other. Basil Rathbone, who dictates to the local Franco, meets the just desserts of sneering down a long nose; and Linda Darnell drops in just long enough for two kisses. All of which goes to make "Mark of Zorro" a colorful, exciting mellerdrammer.
Second feature, "Dancing on a Dime," is a lot of catchy music and clever dancing centered about a defunct W.P.A. theatre project with Bob Paige and Grace McDonald, a couple of young unknowns, finding some way to finance the show when Uncle Same decides not to compete with Shubert or Minsky.