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Africa Screams (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 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...

Director:

Charles Barton

Writer:

Earl Baldwin (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Buzz Johnson
Lou Costello ... Stanley Livington
Clyde Beatty ... Clyde Beatty
Frank Buck ... Frank Buck
Max Baer ... Grappler McCoy
Buddy Baer ... Boots Wilson
Hillary Brooke ... Diana Emerson
Shemp Howard ... Gunner
Joe Besser ... Harry
Burt Wenland Burt Wenland ... Bobo (as Burton Wenland)
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Bring 'Em Back Alive See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Features the only on-screen pairing of Joe Besser and Shemp Howard. Shemp was an original member of the three stooges. He left the group, and was replaced by his younger brother, Curly Howard. Shemp later returned, replacing Curly, and is generally considered "the fourth stooge". Besser later replaced Shemp, and is considered "the fifth stooge". See more »

Goofs

Stanley's real eyebrows are visible and obviously covered with makeup during the high eyebrow raise scene. 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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Crazy Credits

End Credit - The Gorilla spells out The End from some lettered blocks. See more »

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Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

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Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: Africa Screams (2015) See more »

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Generally Enjoyable Light Comedy
28 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a generally enjoyable Abbott and Costello comedy, with a light and often silly feel that nevertheless works well enough. Hillary Brooke adds an elegant presence as their antagonist, and the story makes relatively good use of its comic possibilities.

The plot has the kind of deliberately implausible setup that Bud and Lou usually handled well, as their two characters become part of an African expedition led by the scheming Brooke. Once there, there are plenty of lions and other beasts that get tangled up with the characters. Frank Buck and Clyde Beatty also appear as themselves, although they are mostly only incidental to the story.

Brooke and the Baer brothers, as her henchmen, make their end of things work well, and there are also some good moments from Shemp Howard and Joe Besser. Not all of the comedy ideas are of the same quality, but most of it works well enough as long as you don't take it too seriously.


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