Trader Horn Reviews

  • Jul 23, 2020

    The racial ides have not aged well.

    The racial ides have not aged well.

  • Jul 26, 2018

    Undeserved Best Picture nominee Trader Horn is groundbreaking in its cinematography as the first movie shot in Africa. It also has a couple of moving scenes and some fine adventurous elements. But the characters and acting are mediocre, the added plot is pretty bad and the whole movie is incredibly dated in its sexism and particularly blatant racism and xenophobia.

    Undeserved Best Picture nominee Trader Horn is groundbreaking in its cinematography as the first movie shot in Africa. It also has a couple of moving scenes and some fine adventurous elements. But the characters and acting are mediocre, the added plot is pretty bad and the whole movie is incredibly dated in its sexism and particularly blatant racism and xenophobia.

  • Feb 28, 2017

    An early talkie, great for its time. Filmed in Africa.

    An early talkie, great for its time. Filmed in Africa.

  • Oct 19, 2014

    Notable primarily as the first Hollywood film to be produced in Africa, director W.S. 'One-Take Woody' Van Dyke's "Trader Horn" (1931) does offer some impressive footage of the so-called 'Dark Continent'. But the racist pejoratives directed at the indigenous population and the unethical treatment of animals make this a difficult pill to swallow.

    Notable primarily as the first Hollywood film to be produced in Africa, director W.S. 'One-Take Woody' Van Dyke's "Trader Horn" (1931) does offer some impressive footage of the so-called 'Dark Continent'. But the racist pejoratives directed at the indigenous population and the unethical treatment of animals make this a difficult pill to swallow.

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    John B Super Reviewer
    May 12, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 23, 2014

    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

    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

  • Feb 09, 2011

    The primitive state of sound film and location shooting mar an otherwise solid jungle adventure. Despite the murky production values and dated melodrama, itâ(TM)s a lively story with some interesting semi-authentic footage of the wilds of Africa. Despite its flaws, an ambitious and influential classic.

    The primitive state of sound film and location shooting mar an otherwise solid jungle adventure. Despite the murky production values and dated melodrama, itâ(TM)s a lively story with some interesting semi-authentic footage of the wilds of Africa. Despite its flaws, an ambitious and influential classic.

  • Apr 28, 2010

    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!

    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!

  • Mar 27, 2008

    Film quality was a bit low but overall an excellant example of Africa in the 1930's

    Film quality was a bit low but overall an excellant example of Africa in the 1930's

  • Oct 19, 2007

    Could have been a lot better.

    Could have been a lot better.