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Trader Horn (1931)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 23 May 1931 (USA)
Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess.



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Complete credited cast:
Nina Trent - the White Goddess
Mutia Omoolu ...
Rencharo - Horn's Gun Bearer
Olive Carey ...
Edith Trent (as Olive Golden)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Edith Trent (scenes deleted)


A veteran white trader in the darkest Africa of the 1870s mentors a younger companion on the mysteries of the Dark Continent. After meeting a missionary, they go in search of Nina, her kidnapped daughter, who was abducted by natives when she was young and now reigns over the savage tribe, regarded by them as a goddess. When the two men are captured and slated for horrible death by her people, she rescues them, and the trio flees the pursuing tribesmen through savage country. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Adventure | Romance


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Release Date:

23 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horn le trafiquant  »

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Box Office


$1,312,636 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director W.S. Van Dyke and many of the crew contracted malaria and were treated with quinine. Two fatal mishaps occurred during the African filming: a native crewman fell into the river and was eaten by a crocodile, and a native boy was killed by a charging rhino (which was captured on film and is in the movie). Other misfortunes also plagued the production, including flash floods, sunstroke, swarming locusts, and tse-tse fly and ant attacks. See more »


Peru: There are cannibals?
Aloysius 'Trader' Horn: Aye. A God-fearing race they are. Except, as you say, in the matter of diet.
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Crazy Credits

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is indebted to the governmental officials of The Territory of Tanganyika, The Protectorate of Uganda, The Colony of Kenya, The Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, The Belgian Congo, whose co-operation made this picture possible - and to White Hunters Maj. W.V.D. Dickinson, A.S. Waller, Esq., J.H. Barnes, Esq., H.R. Stanton, Esq., for their courageous services through 14,000 miles of African veldt and jungle. See more »


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A wonderful, exciting, evocative antique
1 June 1999 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The first full-length movie ever filmed on location, this African adventure features exceptional wildlife footage, and a nice acting job by Harry Carey. True, it's an antique -- but it's a wonderful, exciting, beautifully-photographed antique, with a wonderful use of the language.

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