Perils of Nyoka was an unofficial sequel to the previous year�s Jungle Girl (with the beautifully vivacious Frances Gifford), but now the setting had shifted from the jungle to the desert, and her surname changed from Meredith to Gordon (in order to save on royalties to the Burroughs estate). Aldridge�s Nyoka is a little tougher than Gifford�s, as she (well, actually stunt-man Dave Sharpe with a blonde wig) leaps from rocky slags onto horse-riding villains, plunges eighty feet into water, and dangles precariously over bubbling lava. She fights the wicked temptress, Vultura, rescues Larry from Vultura�s Gorilla, Satan, and kills men with deadly marksmanship.
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.
Kay Aldridge .... Nyoka Gordon
(The Lone Ranger) Clayton Moore .... Dr. Larry Grayson
Lorna Gray .... Vultura
Charles Middleton .... Cassib
William 'Billy' Benedict .... Red Davis (as William Benedict)
Forbes Murray .... Prof. Douglas Campbell
George Pembroke .... John Spencer
Tristram Coffin .... Benito Torrini [Chs.1-10]
Robert Strange .... Prof. Henry Gordon [Chs. 4-15]
Kenne Duncan .... Abu, expedition headman (as Kenneth Duncan)
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]
Ken Terrell .... Ahmed, Arab henchman
George J. Lewis .... Batan, Arab henchman (as George Lewis)
Art Dupuis .... Hassan, Arab henchman
Also Known As:
Nyoka and the Lost Secrets of Hippocrates
Nyoka and the Tigermen
The Perils of Nyoka, later rereleased as'Nyoka and the Tigermen' was filmed from March 20 to May 2, 1942.
The story line is, the good guys are trying to beat the bad guys to the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates.
Does that sound familiar? It should do.
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg studied this Saturday matinee before filming their own cliffhanger named,
'Raiders of the Lost Ark'