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Zorro's Black Whip (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 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 »

Directors:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Wallace Grissell

Writers:

Basil Dickey (screenplay), Jesse Duffy (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George J. Lewis ... Vic Gordon
Linda Stirling ... Barbara Meredith - The Black Whip
Lucien Littlefield ... 'Tenpoint' Jackson
Francis McDonald ... Dan Hammond
Hal Taliaferro ... Baxter - Henchman
John Merton ... Ed Harris - Henchman
John Hamilton ... Mr. Walsh - Banker [Chs.1-3,10-12]
Tom Chatterton ... Crescent City Councilman
Tom London ... Commissioner James Bradley [Ch.1]
Jack Kirk ... Marshal Wetherby
Jay Kirby ... Randolph Meredith [Ch.1]
Si Jenks ... Zeke Hayden [Chs. 6-7]
Stanley Price ... Hedges - Hammond's Clerk-Henchman
Tom Steele ... Ed - Henchman [Chs. 1, 9, 12] / Rancher [Ch. 7]
Duke Green Duke Green ... Evans - Trail Heavy [Chs. 1-2, 8] / Ranchhouse Heavy Brown [Ch. 9]
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

MASK OF MYSTERY! Who is this daring figure who conquers villainy and evil with the crack of a blazing black whip! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer mit der Maske See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Chapter three: position of Harris changes as he is taken back to town by The Black Whip. See more »

Quotes

Henchman Baxter: It ain't so easy to stop a gold rush.
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A Female Zorro
11 July 1999 | by beejerSee all my reviews

This serial from Republic is one of a long line of Zorro epics. This one is different in that the the Zorro character is played by the lovely Linda Stirling and the hero by veteran character actor/villain George J Lewis. The chief baddies are played competently by Francis MacDonald and Hal Taliaferro (aka Wally Wales). Roy Barcroft must have been busy.

The second unit direction is handled by Yakima Canutt so you know that

you will be treated to the best stunt work the industry had to offer.

With the usual narrow escapes, rides to the rescue, fisticuffs and explosions, this serial is one of the better efforts from the Republic thrill factory.


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