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Perils of Nyoka (1942)

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


William Witney


Ronald Davidson (original screenplay), Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Aldridge ... Nyoka Gordon
Clayton Moore ... Dr. Larry Grayson
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Red Davis (as William Benedict)
Lorna Gray ... Vultura
Charles Middleton ... Cassib
Tristram Coffin ... Benito Torrini [Chs.1-10]
Forbes Murray ... Prof. Douglas Campbell
Robert Strange ... Prof. Henry Gordon [Chs. 4-15]
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... John Spencer
Georges Renavent 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 John Bagni ... Ben Ali [Ch. 1 ]
Ken Terrell ... Ahmed - Arab Henchman
Kenne Duncan ... Abu (as Kenneth Duncan)


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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Release Date:

27 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nyoka and the Tigermen See more »


Box Office


$175,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


The opening shot shows a caravan wending itself across the desert, but no desert can be seen anywhere in the rest of the film. See more »


Dr. Larry Grayson: There's enough treasure here to open a chain of cancer centers across America. Pre-Cancer Centers of America?
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A strange camel
22 September 2007 | by longrushSee all my reviews

It has been suggested that a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee. I hasten to add that the only camels in this serial, supposedly set in Arabia, are in the same brief shot at the beginning of each serial episode. And as for Arabia, it looks suspiciously like the Iverson Ranch in California, shooting site of countless movie features and serials, so many that I have come to know those great boulders by name.

Add to this is William "Billy" Benedict, the nice, white-haired boy from the East Side Kids series; Clayton Moore, better known as the Lone Ranger; and the most dastardly villain of them all, Charles Middleton, best known for playing Ming the Merciless in three Flash Gordon serials, to say nothing of his many other nasty roles. And lest I forget, the absolute cheesiest man in a gorilla suit ever. EVER seen on film, plus a German shepherd that is actually smarter than most of the humans--and the shepherd is not a man in a dog suit. So--we have an Arabia without sand or camels, an ersatz ape, a dog, and a cast put together, one might think, by drawing straws from a list of those who were out of work. And we haven't even gotten to the plot, the acting, and the dialog.

Action consists of the usual haymaker fistfights without anyone so much as getting a fat lip, a bloody nose, a black eye, or a skinned knuckle. Even the two women get into some real donnybrooks. This might be said of all serials--except for the shapely legs as the two women rassle and pull hair. There are also lots of chases on foot and on horseback, among the boulders of the Iverson Ranch, through caves (where did that light come from?), etc. The stunt work is really find, especially for Nyoka herself. The dialog is pretty much recited right off the cue cards.

The plot is the usual serial silliness. A group of good guys, led by Nyoka compete with a group of bad guys, led by the beauteous Vultura, to find an ancient text that will revolutionize medicine, cure cancer, and make whoever locates it a great humanitarian or fabulously rich. Guess which group fits with these choices.

Did I like it? You betcha. It's just the thing to make one forget for a time one's otherwise drab and wretched life. I recommend it for that purpose.

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