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It's Good to Know Edwina Booth Didn't Die


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From making Trader Horn, that is. I've always admired her performance. It's one of the most stunning of any actress. She speaks gibberish, but she is so intense and unselfconscious, you don't for a second doubt her. Too bad she didn't have a bigger career. *Sigh*, just add her to the list of lost opportunities.


Trader Horn was a big hit when it came out. A mark of that can be seen in Hollywood Party, where Lupe Velez parodies Edwina Booth's role and costume. It is surprising that it is so lost to popular memory today. Like Frankenstein for horror, and Metropolis for dystopian futures, so did Trader Horn set the pattern for safari movies. All the elements are there. The intrepid Great White Hunter, his faithful native gun bearer, who almost inevitably ends up sacrificing his life to save that of the Bwana, the Innocents in the Woods, the Expedition to the Great Unknown Region with Nameless Fears. These have remained unchanged through time, even in modern, ostensibly revisionist movies, like White Hunter, Black Heart.

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