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Africa Screams (1949)

 -  Comedy | Adventure  -  27 May 1949 (USA)
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Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals...

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When bookseller Buzz cons Diana into thinking fellow bookseller Stanley knows a great deal about Africa they are abducted and ordered to lead Diana and her henchmen to an African tribe. After encounters with lion tamers, giant apes and a wild river, Buzz returns to America. Stanley finds diamonds and buys the store they once worked for, hiring Buzz as its elevator operator. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Adventure Has Never Been Dizzier as Abbott & Costello Invade the Dark Continent! See more »

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27 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Don't Bring 'Em Back Alive  »

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The comment by Boots (Buddy Baer) to Grappler (Max Baer), "I'll hit you harder than Louis ever did", is a reference to boxer Joe Louis who battled both Baers in the 1930s. See more »

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The "Orangutan Gargantua" is in fact a gorilla, portrayed in exaggerated caricatured fashion. True orangutans are found only in Southeast Asia, not Africa. See more »

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Stanley Livington: Stay right where you are. Don't move, stay there now. Steady. Now sit up. Sit up. Sit up you. Up you fool. Up. Sit up I said. Sit up. Up.
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Lots of fun with the loony couple in the African jungle
28 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The frantic duo now as library clerks ( Abbott and Costello ) who become involved in African adventures when an ambitious group ruled by a nasty , evil woman ( Hillary Brooke ) thinks Costello knows a treasure map . They go to a Africa safari which leads a secret treasure , the king Salomon's diamonds . Stranded in Africa happens numerous humorous adventures , odds and risks . The picture contains slapstick, simple humor, parody and is pretty amusing . This is an okay comedy but a cheapie production in low budget developing a sarcastic look to jungle films .

Most entertainment and madcap scheme comes from the animals apparition when are frightening to Costello as a gorilla , Croc and lions , especially when into a cage he believes being Abbott . Besides as supporting cast appears familiar faces joined in the mayhem , thus, Hillary Brooke ( acting alongside with the crazy duo in ¨Against the captain Kidd¨ too) as femme fatal, she is especially known as wicked roles (¨Woman in green¨ against Sherlock's Basil Rathbone ) ; Clyde Beatty and Frank Buck , they were actually lions tamers ; The Baer Brothers, Max and Buddy, real life muscle men heavyweight fighters and Buddy Baer ( playing the giant ) starred with the couple ¨Jack and the bean stalk¨; even appears the one time ¨Stooges¨ ( Howard and Besser ). This middling spoof film is regularly directed by usual director of their films, Charles Barton . The flick will appeal to nutty duo fans.Hilarious and humorous gags make this one of the best from barmy pair . Low-budget comedy could have been better .


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