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FredCDobbs, February 25, 2008
It looks like a young Marium Hopkins....
Nope. This girl didn't make very many movies. Mostly in the early '30s. I'll give some more clues if you want them.
Not Karen Morley, not Kay Johnson.
The girl was in two major films, one in 1931 that was famous at the time and is still somewhat known to buffs. She doesn?t speak English in the 1931 film. She is very beautiful and plays an unusual character in that film.
A year later she also played in a major movie and she was a pretty girl in that film. The movie was famous at that time, but it has been forgotten because of several more famous re-makes.
The reason her face is not easily recognized is because she was in only about six or seven films all together, between 1928 and 1932.
That should give you a few keywords to search. More clues tomorrow.
Yay! You are right!
That was a hard one, since not many photos were taken of her.
She got sick as a result of filming "Trader Horn" in Africa,
and remained sick for years. She caught some rare
disease in Africa and had to drop out of the movie business.
In Trader Horn, she was a lost white girl who had been raised by
some of the African natives. A safari went to find her, and she
could speak no English. In one scene she chewed out Harry Carey
in a long double-talk rant that sounded like a real African language.
Yes, I remember reading about that illness some time ago ... just didn't remember it was her. I did find a few shots of her on e-bay.
Trader Horn was a famous film in its day and the first sound film actually
shot in Africa among the real native tribes.
I've seen several movies of the 1930s in which various characters mention Trader Horn.
This really was sort of the forerunner of the "King Solomon Mines" type of movies.
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