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Linda and the Tiger Woman

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Another beautiful face from the world of the pulp serials.

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Her true name was Louise Schultz, but she became famous as Linda Stirling.
In 1944 she was the titular character in the Republic serial The Tiger Woman.

The basic premise – evil white men want to cast the natives out of their stretch of Amazon forest to exploit the land.
Enter Rita Arnold, alias the Tiger Woman – a jungle queen that will defend the rights of the natives.
The lot, in 12 thrilling chapters.

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All in all the serial was not so good – or so they say.
And in fact, it’s pretty taxing, for the viewer’s suspension of disbelief, the fact that the Tiger Woman – that lives in a jungle where there are no tigers – is wearing a costume made of leopard fur.
Why not the Leopard Woman, then?
Confusing confusing.

But Linda Stirling was beautiful – and she was instantly cast as the lead in another 12-episodes serial, called Zorro’s Black Whip, which is noteworthy, among other things, for the fact that there is no Zorro in it whatsoever.
In it, Stirling is The Black Whip, a masked avenger in the Idaho territory, fighting evil land speculators.

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More serials followed.
I’m very intrigued by 1945 Manhunt of Mystery Island, also known as Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine.
Spies! Pirates! Superscience! Linda Stirling!

Stirling appeared in a number of serials in the ’40s, but later married, retired, and got herself a degree in English Literature.
She became a teacher of English and drama in Glendale, California.
Apparently she did keep a low profile, but her students were still liable to remember her as a serial star.

Which is quite fun.
Just imagine discovering your drama teacher actually was the Tiger Woman!

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “Linda and the Tiger Woman

  1. Actually Tiger Woman is correct. In South America, where the serial takes place, the jaguar is called El Tigre . The Tiger Woman is wearing the skin of the jaguar or el tigre

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