Trader Horn (1931)




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Trader Horn is the story of a young widow who encounters a tribe of hostile natives while exploring in Africa with a bunch of traders. Trader Horn is the first Hollywood film ever shot in Africa, as well as being one of the first talkies ever made. It was later re-made in 1973.
Action & Adventure , Classics
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Harry Carey
as Aloysius 'Trader' Horn
Edwina Booth
as Nina Trent, the White Godess
Olive Golden
as Edith Trent
Mutia Omoolu
as Rencharo
Olive Fuller Golden
as Edith Trend
Olive Carey
as Edith Trend
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Critic Reviews for Trader Horn

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A good-looking animal picture.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

This shrewdly fashioned jungle melodrama proved to be thoroughly exciting to the spectators last night and it seemed as though many of them were a bit nearer than they ever wanted to be to a big game hunt.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The picture is a magnificent record of wild life in Central Africa, abounding in thrilling episodes and in scenic splendors.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
The Nation

The first time Hollywood brought its cameras to the Dark Continent was for this adventure film that was probably more dangerous for the film crew than it was for the characters in the story.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide

By today's standards, Van Dyke's jungle adventure contains both racist and sexist elements, but at the time it was a stirring picture due to on-location shooting.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008

Remains interesting as a curio.

Full Review… | February 21, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Trader Horn

Known for producing some of the best wildlife footage of its time, Trader Horn unfortunately decides to give us a story line as well. It's a white man defeats the jungle sort of inappropriate thing.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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this pic supplied so many other films from 'mogambo' to 'king solomon's mines' with stock footage filmed during the making of this pre-code early talkie

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

The first drama filmed on location in Africa. Racist and very dated but my relative, Edwina Booth, shows up with flaring nostrils halfway through so I have to mention it!

Bev L. Royer
Bev L. Royer

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