Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Top Billed Actors: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Renaldo
IMDb Rating: 6.6
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 0 Oscars
Nominated for 1 more:
Plot: A couple of white guys in Africa walk around and look at animals while running away from savages.
The novelty of shooting a sound picture outside must have been present when this was premiered. Trader Horn takes it to the next level, showing off nearly every major mammal the plains of Africa has to offer. It was very interesting to witness all of these animals throughout the film, especially when they interact with the actors. One gets a sense of adventure as Harry Carey, who trades with the African natives, and Duncan Renaldo traverse the wilderness and witness some of nature's greatest achievements. A lush waterfall, packs of wildebeest, and a river full of snapping crocodiles are just a few examples of how this film is so enterprising.
These shots of nature and the feel of adventure does get dragged down by the boring drama. The white woman who grows up with an African tribe, Booth, is only present for about 40% of the film. The majority of the story is simply the two men, an African "gunman," and her running away from the tribe she grew up in. The romantic subplot is very forced and Booth's and Renaldo's acting is dreadful. And because the movie tries to always throw in the nature elements throughout the story, it drags and drags.
Overall, the nature shots and the overview of animals couldn't pull the horrible story elements out of the African mud.
My Score: 5/10