Jungle Girl (1941)
In recent years, the 15-part Republic serial Jungle Girl has taken on a near-legendary status, due not so much to its quality (as serials go, it's okay) as to its general inavailabilty. Frances Gifford achieved both stardom and cult-favorite status as Nyoka the Jungle Girl, the daughter of kindly African missionary Dr. Meredith (Trevor Bardette). When diamonds are discovered in the region, Meredith's evil twin brother Bradley (also Trevor Bardette) shows up with a batallion of henchmen. To cover up his villainous activities, Bradley kills Meredith and assumes his brother's identity. Upon figuring out that her "father" is a phony, Nyoka is marked for death by Bradley, and soon is subjected to all manner of appalling dangers, ranging from poison gas to human sacrifice. Happily, the plucky heroine is able to emerge from each of her perils unscathed, frequently with the assistance of her perennial rescuers Jack Stanton (Tom Neal) and Curly Rogers (Eddie Acuff). Stock shots from Jungle Girl would pop up dozens of times in future Republic serials, with such actresses as Kay Aldridge and Phyllis Coates donning Nyoka's tastefully skimpy outfits in order to match the old footage with the new. … More
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