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Perils of Nyoka (1942)

 -  Action  -  27 June 1942 (USA)
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It's intrepid Nyoka and her friends versus Vultura, Queen of the Desert, on a quest for the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nyoka Gordon
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Dr. Larry Grayson
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Red Davis (as William Benedict)
Lorna Gray ...
Vultura
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Cassib
Tristram Coffin ...
Benito Torrini [Chs.1-10]
Forbes Murray ...
Prof. Douglas Campbell
Robert Strange ...
Prof. Henry Gordon [Chs. 4-15]
George Pembroke ...
John Spencer
Georges Renavent ...
Maghreb - Vultura's High Priest [Chs.1-4,7,9,15] (as George Renavent)
John Davidson ...
Lhoba - Tuareg High Priest [Chs.4-7,12-13]
George J. Lewis ...
Batan, Arab Henchman (as George Lewis)
John Bagni ...
Ben Ali [Ch. 1 ]
Ken Terrell ...
Ahmed - Arab Henchman
Kenne Duncan ...
Abu (as Kenneth Duncan)
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Professor Campbell's expedition into the hills of Libya obtains a papyrus which might reveal the hiding place of the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates, containing lost medical secrets. Also in the region is intrepid Nyoka Gordon, still seeking her father, lost on a previous expedition. She alone can translate the papyrus, which directs our heroes through deadly perils (including the Tunnel of Bubbling Death) into the land of the Tuaregs. Opposing them are Vultura, Queen of the Desert, and her Arab ally Cassib, both greedy for the treasure... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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27 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Nyoka and the Lost Secrets of Hippocrates  »

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$175,000 (estimated)
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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: 1. Desert Intrigue, 2. Death's Chariot, 3. Devil's Crucible, 4. Ascending Doom, 5. Fatal Second, 6. Human Sacrifice, 7. Monster's Clutch, 8. Tuareg Vengeance, 9. Burned Alive, 10. Treacherous Trail, 11. Unknown Peril, 12. Underground Tornado, 13. Thundering Death, 14. Blazing Barrier, 15. Satan's Fury See more »

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In chapter 1 when Larry is fighting the gorilla, the gorilla grabs the saber and breaks it, but the sound when it breaks is wood, not steel, and when it hits the floor, the sound is also of wood. See more »

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Closing credits are written in the sand. See more »

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Referenced in The Mechanic (1972) See more »

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22 September 2001 | by (Warwick, Pa.) – See all my reviews

I miss Clayton Moore. Really. He stars in this Republic serial with Kay Aldridge (another pre-Lara Croft) and does a wonderful job. The plot makes a lot of sense this time. It concerns an American doctor (Moore) who ventures to what looks like a Middle-Eastern country in search of tablets written by Hippocrates that provide a cure for cancer. He meets Nyoka Gordon,(played by Aldridge) who is pitted against Hollywood dust storms, a man in a gorilla suit, funky armpits (when she goes mano-y-mano with the villains in some dirty fighting) and in nasty climactic tussles with Vultura (beautiful Lorna Gray) - and these ain't no hair-pullin' catfights, guys! Republic's stuntwomen were just as tough as the men if not tougher. Vultura and her henchmen do everything in their evil power to stop Nyoka and her handsome hero from getting the tablets, which also lead to a bountiful treasure. During the action Nyoka is even reunited with her long-lost father who is a ruler of some sort. There's even brain surgery going on in one cave while a fight takes place in the next. Hmmm, wonder what would OSHA would've thought of that? Talk about professionalism among the staff! I've heard of office conflicts but this is ridiculous! Seriously, though, this is a good film and well-made. The plot makes sense, the action is good, and it's very easy to follow. It's available as part of Republic's serial collection. Compared to some of the garbage called movie entertainment thrown at us today, I'll take a Republic serial any day.


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