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So This Is Africa (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 22 April 1933 (USA)
Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey play a couple of broke, hungry vaudevillians who are holed up in a hotel room with a few (tame) lions. They are hired by a movie producer who wishes to send ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Norman Krasna (story and screenplay), Norman Krasna (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Woolsey ... Alexander
Bert Wheeler ... Wilbur
Raquel Torres ... Tarzana
Esther Muir ... Mrs. Johnson-Martini
Berton Churchill ... Movie Producer (as Burton Churchill)
Henry Armetta ... Street Cleaner
Spencer Charters ... Doctor
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Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey play a couple of broke, hungry vaudevillians who are holed up in a hotel room with a few (tame) lions. They are hired by a movie producer who wishes to send them and their lions to Africa with a great naturalist, in order to make a jungle picture. An earlier expedition by this same naturalist was a failure, because she is afraid of animals. They all head to Africa and the lions are not mentioned again. Once in the jungle they have to fend off the amorous advances of the naturalist, of a vine-swinging native girl, and of a gorilla. They then run into the fearsome Amazon tribe, made up entirely of nubile females. Eventually they disguise themselves as Amazons to avoid being "loved to death." But these disguises lead to further difficulties when the all-male tribe of Tarzans show up for their annual mating ritual with the Amazons. Written by Cameron Majidi <cmaj@prolifics.com>

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Prosper with Columbia Pictures. (Trade paper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

African Jungle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the only film Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey made for Columbia Pictures. All their other features were for RKO Radio Pictures. See more »

Quotes

[Tarzana grabs Wilbur to kiss him]
Tarzana: More!
Wilbur: Hey!
ECHO: Hey!
Wilbur: Stop!
ECHO: Stop!
Wilbur: I'm hungry!
ECHO: I'm hungry!
[Tarzana drags Wilbur towards her cave]
Wilbur: I don't want to go in there with you!
[...]
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Woolsey woos the blonde...and Wheeler!!
25 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've seen most of Wheeler and Woolsey's films and must say "So This is Africa" is their weirdest and nuttiest movie. It's their only venture away from RKO and it makes you wish they'd done more films for Columbia because it's that wacky!!

The first portion of the film is rather conventional by the team's standards. The boys are stuck unable to pay their hotel bill and without jobs...and they're also stuck with five full-grown but friendly lions they won in a raffle! I am shocked Wheeler and Woolsey agreed to act with the lions as it looked very dangerous...and stupid!

After spending much of the film doing nothing in particular, a film director (Berton Churchill) catches up to them and offers them a job. He wants the boys to bring their lions to Africa for a Tarzan- type film. However, soon after arriving in the jungle, all pretense about making a movie is gone. Mostly it consist of the comely Mrs. Johnson-Martini pitching woo with Woolsey and Woolsey inexplicably playing very hard to get! During all this nonsense, Wheeler is rescued by Tarzana and this jungle heroine is really attracted to him. But before either has a chance to make whoopee, they are captured by Amazon women (in Africa?) and then the men arrive and there's a free-for- all and the strangest endings I can recall having seen which seems to be promoting gay marriage...as did the scene where Woolsey was about to marry Wheeler!! It's all VERY pre-code and very strange...and I am not sure how audiences of the day took to this and all the stronger than usual sexual innuendo as well as a bit of cursing. Strange beyond belief but also funny and much better paced than most films by the team.


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