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Africa Screams (1949)

Approved  |   |  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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The main character's name "Stanley Livington" seems to be a play on "Stanley & Livingstone" - that is, Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone, two British explorers who had a momentous crossing of paths in 1871 in what is now Tanzania, and gave rise to the popular saying "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Note that the latter name is changed slightly; it is unknown whether this results from a typist's error or a deliberate obfuscation. 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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[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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Lots of fun with the loony couple in the African jungle
28 June 2006 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The frantic duo now as library clerks (Abbott and Costello) who become involved into African adventures when an ambitious group led by a nasty , evil woman (Hillary Brooke) thinks Costello knows a treasure map . They then go to an 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 results to be 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 such as a gorilla , Croc and lions , especially when happens into a cage . This is first independently financed film that Abbott and Costello made whilst under contract with Universal , it was released by United Artists . In 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 , in fact world renowned animal trainer Clyde Beatty provided his own animals for the film ; The Baer Brothers , Max and Buddy , real life muscle men heavyweight fighters and Buddy Baer (playing a giant) starred with the mad couple ¨Jack and the bean stalk¨ ; even appears the one time ¨Stooges¨ (Howard and Besser) . This middling spoof film was 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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