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Zorro's Black Whip (1944)

Approved | | Western | 16 November 1944 (USA)
Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vic Gordon
... Barbara Meredith - The Black Whip
... 'Tenpoint' Jackson
... Dan Hammond
... Baxter - Henchman
... Ed Harris - Henchman
... Mr. Walsh - Banker [Chs.1-3,10-12]
... Crescent City Councilman
... Commissioner James Bradley [Ch.1]
... Marshal Wetherby
... Randolph Meredith [Ch.1]
... Zeke Hayden [Chs. 6-7]
... Hedges - Hammond's Clerk-Henchman
... Ed - Henchman [Chs. 1, 9, 12] / Rancher [Ch. 7]
Duke Green ... Evans - Trail Heavy [Chs. 1-2, 8] / Ranchhouse Heavy Brown [Ch. 9]
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Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it. Meredith's sister Barbara, expert with a bullwhip and pistol, dons a black costume and mask and becomes "The Black Whip", dealing a blow to Hammond and his gang each time they perform some heinous act in their efforts to keep the town, and their power over it, unchanged. Aided by government agent Vic Gordon, Barbara confronts Hammond in a final showdown just as the town votes on whether or not to accept statehood. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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WHIP OF VICTORY! Wielded by an avenger who feared no man...and fought with the courage of the Fabulous Zorro, Champion of Justice! See more »

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Western

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16 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer mit der Maske  »

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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although this serial carries the credit "based on characters created by Johnston McCulley", none of the Zorro characters appears in this film. It was released as a Zorro film apparently so that the studio could be sure the moviegoers would come to watch the serial. Also, George J. Lewis, who plays the male hero, had usually played villainous roles to the moment. He will later play the role of Zorro/Diego's father, Don Alejandro de la Vega in the defining TV show Zorro (1957). See more »

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Chapter three: At the mob scene at the Marshal's office, a brick is thrown through the window and travels downward, but it hits the Marshal straight on. See more »

Quotes

Vic Gordon: Glad to know you, Zeke.
Zeke Hayden [Chs. 6-7]: That makes it unanimous!
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Its not Zorro its the Black Whip
3 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Zorro is gone and replaced by the Black Whip. Its 1880 something and one of the territories in the American west wants statehood to bring law and order but a band of outlaws doesn't want it. So the black whip rides to the rescue. At first its the publisher of the paper in disguise but when he dies his sister takes on the role. Good western serial and one of the few real action ones with a woman in the lead. Linda Sterling makes a dynamite action queen, even if she was doubled for most of the action. If there is a flaw it's that its that Republic was moving toward the machine like precision in the construction of their serials. The construction is Spartan and there is nothing extraneous anywhere so things can feel rather sparse. You can almost guess what the cliffhanger is going to be (especially if you've seen other serials since many are lifted from others in the Republic canon). Still its a very good serial, better if you aren't tearing through a great number in a short period them like I am.


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