Set in the 1860s in the Australian outback, Whiplash is a western loosely based on the life of American Freeman Cobb, the founder of Australia’s first stagecoach line, Cobb and Co. Peter Graves (of later Mission Impossible fame) plays Boston-born Christopher Cobb, who arrives in Australia from the Californian goldfields to build a stagecoach business.
Whiplash stands out from other television western series of its era in that the entire cast, besides Graves, were Australian actors including some of the best of the day – Leonard Teale, John Fegan, Chips Rafferty, Chuck Faulkner, Terry McDermott, Stuart Wagstaff, Lionel Long. Additionally, even though some white actors appeared in “blackface”, it was the first television series featuring actual aboriginal actors including Robert Tudawali (star of “Jedda”), [George] Henry Murdock and Nosepeg Juburula.
Produced by the Seven Network, ATV, and ITC Entertainment, the series was filmed in 1959-60 and first broadcast in September 1960 in the United Kingdom followed by Australia in February 1961. The series, which features four episodes written by Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek), was picked up by a number of countries and in 1961 it became one of the original twelve programs aired by the new CTV network in Canada (and the only one produced in Australia).
“This series has almost everything. Action-packed excitement; adventure; colourful scenery; unusual fight scenes and Peter Graves in the leading role.” [‘Whiplash’, The Stage, 15 September 1960, pg. 24.]
Total Running Time: 13 hours and 26 minutes
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