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Kid 'in' Africa (1933)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  6 October 1933 (USA)
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Madame Cradlebait
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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kid'in' Africa  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film includes advertisement for Ex-Lax laxatives. A sign appears on a post in front of the Hotel Squaldorf. See more »


When we first see Shirley and Little Tarzan on the elephant, Shirley is seated to our left. In the next cut, Shirley is seated to our right. See more »


[first lines]
Madame Cradlebait: Rest!
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Spoofs Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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Shirley Gets Potted
1 May 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A BABY BERLESK Short Subject.

Madam Cradlebait, Converter of Cannibals, arrives in the jungle in time to be captured by savages and popped into a big black cooking pot. Can the resident Ape Boy save this KID'IN' AFRICA in time?

Short, mildly amusing and thoroughly racist, this little film (which is a spoof of both TRADER HORN & TARZAN) is notable only as one of the early, pre-celebrity movie appearances by Shirley Temple. As ever, she is abundantly talented & cute as a button. The racism, while rather embarrassing, was not at all unusual in Hollywood films of this period.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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