- Zorro's Black Whip
name =Zorro's Black Whip
Spencer Gordon Bennet Wallace Grissel
Basil Dickey Jesse Duffy Grant Nelson Joseph Poland Ruth Roman Johnston McCulley(Original Zorro Novel)
Linda Stirling George J. Lewis Lucien Littlefield Francis McDonald
released = Flagicon|USA
16 November 1944
runtime =12 chapters (211 min)
budget = $134,899 (
negative cost:$145,251)"Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement"; Mathis, Jack, 1995, ISBN 0-9632878-1-8]
amg_id = 1:65415
"Zorro's Black Whip" was a 1944
Republic Picturesfilm serial starring Linda Stirling. The film was made after the popular 1940 20th Century-Foxremake of " The Mark of Zorro" and Republic was unable to use the character himself, but still wanted to capitalize on it. However, and despite the title, Zorro does not feature in this serial. The hero(ine) is actually called The Black Whip throughout.
The serial is set in pre-statehood
Idaho, and involves a fight to prevent and ensure statehood by the villains and heroes respectively.
Parts of this serial were reused as
stock footageto pad out later serials such as " Don Daredevil Rides Again" ( 1951) and " Man with the Steel Whip" ( 1954) - despite the fact that both of those serials had male leads.
In "Zorro's Black Whip" the word
Zorronever occurs, but a female who behaves like Don Diego in Idahofights a cabal of corrupt politicians as "The Black Whip" after her brother (the original Black Whip) is killed. Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoachline and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idahobecoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it. Meredith's sister Barbara, expert with a bullwhipand pistol, dons Randolph's 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 US government agent Vic Gordon, Barbara confronts Hammond in a final showdown just as the town votes on whether or not to accept statehood. Linda Stirlingas "The Black Whip" is quite obviously female but, even after a bout of wrestling, the villains do not realise they aren't fighting a man. Some reference is made to this in the script, however, when the villains are trying to determine who the Black Whip's secret identity could be:cquote2|Hammond: Barbara Meredith, she's the Black Whip!Baxter: She couldn't be! The Black Whip's got to be a man! He's outshot us, outrode us, and outfought us, stopped at us every turn!|Chapter Nine: AvalancheThe day is saved when Vic Gordon discovers Barbara's secret and removes her from suspicion by appearing in her costume. From this point on he, despite relinquishing the costume, tends to assume the hero role while Barbara becomes slightly more of a traditional damsel in distress.
Linda Stirlingas Barbara Meredith, The Black Whip and newspaper proprietrix
George J. Lewisas Vic Gordon, a US government agent allied with the Black Whip. In a related role, Lewis later portrayed Zorro's father in the Walt Disneytelevision series "Zorro"
Lucien Littlefieldas "Tenpoint" Jackson, the comic relief newspaper typesetter working with Barbara Meredith
Francis McDonaldas Dan Hammond, villainous owner of the town's Stagecoach company
Hal Taliaferroas Baxter, one of Hammond's henchmen
John Mertonas Ed Harris, one of Hammond's henchmen
Stanley Priceas Hedges, Hammond's Clerk-Henchman
The surnames of the two lead characters, "Meredith" and "Gordon", are an in-joke. They are the surnames of both versions of
Nyoka the Jungle Girlin the, otherwise unconnected, Republic serials "Jungle Girl" and " Perils of Nyoka".
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This was one of two 12-chapter serials released in 1944, along with Linda Stirling's serial debute, "The Tiger Woman". It had been Republic's standard pattern to produce two 12-chapter serials and two 15-chapter serials each year since 1938 but 1944 was the last year that occurred. In fact, Republic would only produce two more 15-chapter serials, "
Manhunt of Mystery Island" and " The Purple Monster Strikes", both in 1945and both starring Linda Stirling.
tunts & Effects
Babe DeFreestas The Black Whip (doubling Linda Stirling)
Dale Van Sickelas Vic Gordon/Rock Heavy Karl/Camp Heavy/Danley (doubling George J. Lewis)
*Tom Steele as Baxter/Ed (doubling
Special Effects by Republic's in-house team of the
Filming on "Zorro's Black Whip" took place between
29 Julyand 26 August 1944under the working title"The Black Whip". the production budget was $134,899 but the negative costrose to $145,251 ($10,352, or 7.7%, over budget compared to $8,199.55, or 5.7%, over all Republic serials). This was the cheapest serial Republic released in 1944.
Republic's overall spending on serials in 1944, $782,204, was actually the second largest in its history. Only 1949, $815,683, would exceed it, although that was split over five productions rather than 1944's four.
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* [http://www.serialexperience.com/showarticle.php?fldRecNum=259 Zorro's Black Whip at Todd Gault's Movie Serial Experience]
* [http://www.stomptokyo.com/movies/z/zorros-black-whip.html Stomp Tokyo review of Zorro's Black Whip]
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