This is a
better release of the serial than most, using 2 discs instead of one
for better picture/sound quality.
Black Whip (1944
The classic film serial "Zorro's Black Whip" introduces us to a female
version of Zorro. The only reference to Zorro ever made in this
film is the title itself. She is just called "Black Whip".
It is set in America in the late 1800s. She's got a pretty
flashy, Zorro-like costume. It's amazing what she can do.
She knows how to use a bullwhip and how to shoot. Out of costume,
she's a completely different person. She's pretty, polite, and
very competent. Of course, this movie was made in the 1940s so
you have a lot of that condescending "this job is too dangerous for
girls" attitude from the male roles. This movie actually
goes against that theory, which was dangerous ground for that
time. This is another ground-breaking female role and although
Linda Stirling played the main character, she did not get top
billing. Linda got second billing under the male lead who spent
most of his time unconscious and waiting for Black Whip to rescue
him. Go figure. The first time a female really got notable
top-billing in a western was Gail Davis in the "Annie Oakley" TV series
Linda Stirling as the Black Whip...unmasked! Publicity photo.
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