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Release Date:
23 May 1931 (USA) See more »
THE MOST EXCITING ADVENTURE FROM M-G-M's HALL OF FAME! (1953 reissue lobby card). See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harry Carey ... Aloysius 'Trader' Horn

Edwina Booth ... Nina Trent - the White Godess

Duncan Renaldo ... Peru
Mutia Omoolu ... Rencharo - Horn's Gun Bearer
Olive Carey ... Edith Trent (as Olive Golden)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Kortman ... (scenes deleted)
Marjorie Rambeau ... Edith Trent (scenes deleted)

C. Aubrey Smith ... St. Clair - a Trader (uncredited)
Riano Tindama ... Witch Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
Writing credits
Ethelreda Lewis (based on the book by)

Dale Van Every (adaptation) and
John T. Neville (adaptation) (as John Thomas Neville)

Richard Schayer (screen play)

Cyril Hume (dialogue)

Alfred Aloysius Horn  book (uncredited)

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Clyde De Vinna (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
Makeup Department
Miss Gordon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Andrew Anderson .... sound (uncredited)
Bill Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Gordon Nogle .... associate photographer (as George Nogle)
Bob Roberts .... associate photographer (as Robert Roberts)
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ruth Harriet Louise .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: end title music (uncredited)
William Axt .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Other crew
James C. McKay .... production assistant (as James McKay)
Josephine Chippo .... script clerk (uncredited)
John McClain .... press agent (uncredited)
J.H. Barnes .... special thanks: White Hunter (as J.H. Barnes Esq.)
W.V.D. Dickinson .... special thanks: White Hunter (as Maj. W.V.D. Dickinson)
H.R. Stanton .... special thanks: White Hunter (as H.R. Stanton Esq.)
A.S. Waller .... special thanks: White Hunter (as A.S. Waller Esq.)
Crew verified as complete

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122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Not Rated (DVD/VHS release) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1987-R, 23 January 1936 for re-release)
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Did You Know?

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:Don't you understand? White people must help each other.See more »
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Referenced in Miss Nymphet's Zap-In (1970)See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
An Antique Worth Collecting, 21 February 2011
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

As sheer entertainment, the movie more than succeeds. Sure, the storyline seems familiar— intrepid white men leading safari to rescue white girl amid wilds of untamed Africa. But check out all the great vistas and teeming wildlife, even if the beasts-in-combat was filmed later in Mexico-- evidently the Africa end of the production was as much an ordeal as the storyline itself (IMDB).

Carey is convincing as the chief trader. He's got a way of tossing off dialog as though he's just thought of it, and his Trader Horn remains a commanding figure throughout. Booth is almost scary as the tribal white girl, twisting her angular features into grotesque shapes that few Hollywood glamour girls would dare risk. However, the make-up man feminizes Renaldo with enough eyeliner to embarrass Estee Lauder. I realize he needs to be attractive enough to turn the white goddess around, but in the process he's been made pretty rather than safari handsome.

One thing to note is the centrality of sound to the drama. The roar of that spectacular waterfall impresses, as do the native drums and tribal hubbub. Perhaps the sound track is heightened because of the newness of the technology (1927), but it does add a lot.

As a Third World document, however, the movie's very much a creature of its time—the casual slurs, the butt-kicking, the girl's sudden preference for the white world. Such racial assumptions shouldn't be surprising given the time period; at the same time, the rich spectacle remains, including that inspired final shot. All in all and despite the drawbacks, this influential antique remains worth catching up with.

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