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Africa Screams (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Adventure | 27 May 1949 (USA)
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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Those Joy Boys are in hot water again in DARKEST LAFF-RICA! See more »

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Comedy | Adventure

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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So Many Fake Crocodiles...
11 July 2011 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

There is a lot to like about this movie. Two of the stooges are in it. A couple of real-life prize fighters. And, a couple of real-life big game hunters...

The plot is simple, sweet and stupid: Lou has a map memorized and he is forced on safari because everyone assumes it is a different map. He encounters lions, tough guys, crocodiles and big-game hunters. Bud Abbott is in the movie as well, being unbelievably horrible to his best friend...

Not as many "routines" in this one, but a lot of solid comedy. Joe Besser gives a few out-loud laughs, as well. Shemp is great as the blind mobster.

This was from a particularly fertile time for the duo. Well worth a watch...


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