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SKJAM2011-02-26 10:27:03

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As promised at the end of my lb for Zorro's Fighting Legion, I'll now be watching another Zorro-related serial, Zorro's Black Whip.

If you've read the previous blog, you can skip the next couple of paragraphs.

Back before television, if you wanted to see moving pictures, you went to a movie theater or cinema. And that's the way theater owners and the major studios (which often owned theater chains) liked it. But then as now, if the movie showing that week didn't sound good, people found other things to do with their dimes. To combat this, especially among kids, the studios came up with the conceopt of weekly serial films.

Each week, the hero would engage in exciting adventures, and each week at the end of the chapter, he or some other important person would be in imminent peril. Naturally, you just had to come back next week to see how they resolved this Cliffhanger.

Zorro's Black Whip was the third of Republic Picture's Zorro serials, though its connection to the Zorro continuity is...tenuous. Nevertheless it has a twist on the formula that makes this serial memorable—you may already know it but don't spoil it in the comments.

So, get ready to return to 1899 Idaho, and let me know you're here!

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