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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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Storyline

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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Best and funniest picture we've ever made! (Trade paper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's Africa 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 and Wilbur are coming out of her tree hut and are seen by Alexander]
Alexander: Where were you last night? What happened? Whose fault was it? Answer me yes or no!
Wilbur: Yes.
Alexander: Just as I expected. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.
Wilbur: I was up a tree.
Alexander: Yeah? What were you doing?
Wilbur: I was doing all right.
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Wheeler and Woolsey's most notorious film
10 June 2001 | by celloreySee all my reviews

This is another classic in Wheeler and Woolsey's long line of slapstick films. However, it is one of the more difficult ones to obtain a copy of. I managed to get the non-TV print (which is 54 minutes) and mine runs 65 minutes. The story, or better, the excuse for their burlesque humor is pretty weak this time. Wheeler and Woolsey play out of work vaudeville performers who are at the end of the line. Their only income stems from their exploitation of several large lions (don't ask). For some reason, they are invited to film an epic African movie on location, and this is officially where the story ends and the sexual double entendres enter. Dorothy Lee is missed, but Raquel Torres (from DUCK SOUP) is pretty good playing a female type of Tarzan. My favorite scenes are where Wheeler and Woolsey encounter a bear in Africa, and the very strange all-female tribe of "Africans." For Wheeler and Woolsey fans, this ranks very high on the must-see list. Also, I think this is their only film not produced by RKO, instead being done at Columbia Pictures.


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