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Published on Jul 19, 2010
This comes from Chapter 1 of the movie serial, "The Perils of Nyoka" (1942). Clayton Moore is really quite an action star, and he moves like a monkey in this spectacular swordfight scene! Seven years later he would take on his most famous role as TV's "The Lone Ranger". So famous, in fact, that his name will forever be linked with that character. In this clip, Clayton is the hero, Dr. Larry Grayson. The heroine Nyoka Gordon is played by Kay Aldridge (the one clobbered by the pot). Lorna Gray, later known as Adrian Booth, played the vixenish villainess, Vultura. Watch how Moore moves in this scene, and just how physical he really is in this role. There were a lot of swordfights in Golden Age Hollywood, but I've seen nothing as rough and tumble as this one, where he's actually throwing stuff, kicking baskets into the air, jumping over and under tables...Clayton makes use of just about all his surroundings. You can tell he really got into the part.