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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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Such Drama as Will Make You Gasp! (original herald) 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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 is the film watched by Bigger Thomas and his friends at a segregated Chicago movie theater in the opening scenes of Richard Wright's groundbreaking 1940 novel "Native Son". 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

Spoofed in Trader Hound (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Cannibal Carnival
(uncredited)
Music by Sol Levy
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A wonderful, exciting, evocative antique
1 June 1999 | by Mike-754See 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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