Awash in cliches about black Africans as savages, Trader Horn, directed by W.S. Van Dyke, is not a movie for the politically correct. It tells how an experienced trader and explorer, Aloysius Horn, goes in search of a white girl who has been raised by a hostile tribe, in the company of a young man whom Horn initiates into the mysteries of the jungle. Trader Horn was shot primarily on location long before jet travel made it possible for any jerk with enough money to go on a safari, and the powerfully evocative images--by Clyde De Vinna--convey an unforgettable impression of a journey into a totally strange and truly awe inspiring world that was still largely untouched by modern civilization. Although Trader Horn is no documentary, it is a real document of a past now irretrievably lost.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Dave C