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Cliffhanger Serials (Republic) (1937-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Louis H. Allgood, Sal Crisanti
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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Republic Serial #8. Zorro Rides Again (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by William Witney
Starring John Carroll

Republic Serial #16. Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Reed Hadley
This is the serial that featured an identical death each episode. Each informant, trying to reveal the identity
of the main villain would utter the phrase "Don del Oro is..." and then be shot by a golden arrow (wielded by
Don del Oro himself, hidden behind a curtain) and die with a grunt before being able to name the villain's alter ego.

Republic Serial #35. Zorro's Black Whip (1944)
12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Linda Stirling
Despite the title the name 'Zorro' does not appear in the film. The Zorro-like character is referred
to throughout as The Black Whip and is actually female.

Republic Serial #43. Son of Zorro (1947)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Starring George Turner

Republic Serial #50. Ghost of Zorro (1949)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Clayton Moore .

Republic Serial #57. Don Daredevil Rides Again (1951)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Ken Curtis
Includes footage from Zorro's Black Whip
Loosely based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley. The character of Don Daredevil was
created for this serial as the rights to Zorro belonged to Disney by 1951.

Republic Serial #64. Man with the Steel Whip (1954)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Starring Richard Simmons
Man with the Steel Whip used stock footage from all of the previous Zorro serials produced by Republic
Pictures. The result of this is that the costume and body shape of the hero, El Latigo, keeps changing
between scenes, even becoming female in scenes taken from Zorro's Black Whip.

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