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Trader Horn (1931)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 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.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Ethelreda Lewis (based on the book by), Dale Van Every (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Aloysius 'Trader' Horn
Edwina Booth ... Nina Trent - the White Goddess
Duncan Renaldo ... Peru
Mutia Omoolu 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)
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Storyline

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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SHE ONCE ORDER HIM KILLED! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

23 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horn le trafiquant See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,312,636 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcast in New York City Tuesday 9 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Chicago 18 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Memphis 24 May 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by Los Angeles 4 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by New Haven CT 6 June 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Norfolk VA 27 June 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Honolulu 2 August 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia 2 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 16 September 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 30 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Lebanon PA 14 October 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), by Baltimore 26 October 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), by Odessa TX 9 November 1957 on KOSA (Channel 7), by Miami 23 November 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by Indianapolis 11 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), by Fort Worth 12 December 1957 on KFJZ (Channel 11) , and by San Francisco 8 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aloysius 'Trader' Horn: Say, did I ever tell you, Peru, I was the first white man to ever set eyes on this river?
Peru: Yes, several times.
Aloysius 'Trader' Horn: I was about your age then, 18 years old or - or maybe 17.
Peru: Pardon me, I am 23!
Aloysius 'Trader' Horn: Well, I was speakin' not so much of years, lad, as of common sense.
[laughs]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Originally released with a three-minute prologue featuring Cecil B. DeMille discussing the authenticity of the film with the book's author, Alfred A. Horn. Eliminated for the 1936 re-issue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Motion Picture Camera (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Cannibal Carnival
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Music by Sol Levy
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An Amazing Adventure in Africa
9 June 2005 | by D515See all my reviews

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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