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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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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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:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1987-R, 23 January 1936 for re-release)
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Halfway through filming, MGM sent a sound crew to Africa because of the public's desire for all-talking sound pictures. However, the sound quality was so poor almost all the dialogue sequences were reshot at MGM's Culver City Studio. African natives Mutia Omoolu and Riano Tindama were brought back to Hollywood for some additional filming. When this activity caused rumors to circulate that the entire production was filmed on the back lot, MGM scrapped much of the new footage, including scenes with Marjorie Rambeau, who was replaced by Olive Carey as Edith Trent.See more »
Aloysius 'Trader' Horn:Aye, you needn't think there isn't beauty to be found in Africa - beauty and terror.See more »
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Referenced in Trader Horn: The Journey Back (2009)See more »
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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
An Amazing Adventure in Africa, 9 June 2005
Author: D515 from United States

I woke up in the middle of the night in my apartment in New York City, turned on Turner Classic Movies, and here is this amazing adventure in Africa captured on film that deserves a "10" for tremendous.

What an effort making this movie must have been for everyone involved. The sheer magnitude of the undertaking is something that would never get produced today. Only though the magic looking glass of film can we witness fiction and nonfiction brought together on such scale.

For kids who love "Star Wars" or "Lord of the Rings" or the new crop of video-game movies, imagining what it was like for the cast and crew of "Trader Horn" to accomplish what they did is something entirely different. There's nothing digital here; it's all real. You can SMELL the animals on the plains of the old (and gone) Africa, a brutal and far more primordial place than it is today, all filmed without CGI or green-screen gimmickry.

The cast includes Harry Carey in the title role (who performed in more than 250 films) along with the arrestingly beautiful young actress, Edwina Booth, playing a bizarre White Goddess, and who, like many of the cast and crew, was so wiped out and sick from what must have been grindingly grueling conditions on location in Africa, in 1930, that it basically ended her acting career. Two of the crew died during filming; one consumed by crocodiles, and one native boy charged by a rhino in a scene captured and kept in the film. Duncan Renaldo (who played the Cisco Kid years later on television) adds another dimension to the ensemble of the four leading players, completed by Mutia Omoolu, a native African playing Trader Horn's gun bearer in the only role of his life, plus hundreds of extras and other African actors whose names are lost to history.

Fortunately, the remarkable effort of the people who created "Trader Horn" is not lost. Today, and for generations to come, we can experience this truly amazing adventure in Africa and "miracle of pictures."

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