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Awesome Clayton Moore Swordfight

This comes from Chapter 1 of the movie serial, “The Perils of Nyoka” (1942). Clayton Moore is really very an action star, and he moves like a monkey in this spectacular swordfight scene! Seven years later he would take on his most renowned role as TV’s “The Lone Ranger”. So renowned, in reality, 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 identified 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 had been a lot of swordfights in Golden Age Hollywood, but I’ve noticed absolutely nothing as rough and tumble as this 1, where he’s truly 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 portion.

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