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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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It's campy, it's corney and it is so cheesy that it is near great!
23 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

What a serial or film, however you see this film you will see why it was the movie that helped launch the interest in show business by Carol Burnett. Ms. Burnett claimed that after watching the heroine Nyoka Gordon in action that she wanted to be like her in the movies. What a plot and characters-there is Nyoka Gordon, a comely lass raised in the wilds of the studio backlot er I mean Northern Africa. Handsome Larry-our hero, a couple of professor types, a dumb sidekick named Red(played by Billy Benedict on vacation from the East Side Kids), a beautiful villainess named Vultura, her wicked hammy helper-Cassib(played by the guy who gave us Ming the Merciless of Flash Gordon serial fame), a dog named Fang, a goofy little monkey and one poorly designed Gorilla costumed person running around doing Vultura's dirty work. Oh, I almost forgot, it also has Republic perenial of serials Tristam Coffin as Tortellini-the Italian spy for Vultura. This film does not have any Tigermen in it, but it does have a wind tunnel! Tacky looking chariots! that idiotic gorilla guy, some great fist fights! and two beautiful babes in the title roles. After viewing it many times, if Vultura didn't hang with the ghastly looking gorilla-she is the hottest of the two ladies and a better actress. She sure hams it up, but Nyoka looks like she is sleep walking half the time. Watch it at least once, it is funnier if taken as a comedy. If you think of it as serious-you will find it dreadful.


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