Monday, August 25, 2008

Windows to the Past: Wilshire Theatre 1931

Mickey Mouse shared the marquee at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles with what was one of the most popular films of 1931, Trader Horn. The adventure movie starred Harry Carey and was notable for being the first major Hollywood production to be filmed on location in Africa. The Mickey Mouse cartoon was likely The Moose Hunt, as both it and Trader Horn were released in May of 1931. Disney would parody Trader Horn the following year with the cartoon Trader Mickey.


Cory Gross said...

Interesting side-note of cinema history and how advertising has improved: the 1932 version of Tarzan the Ape Man starring Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O'Sullivan was intended as a conceptual follow up to Trader Horn, and even blatantly promoted as "The Trader Horn of 1932!"

It's also a little weird that you should have this post when I'm covering 1930's jungle adventure movies all next month at my blog. Except for Trader Horn. I still need to find that one!