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Africa Screams (1949)

Passed | | Action, 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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Trivia

The first independently financed film that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made while under contract with Universal. It was released by United Artists. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in Hail to the King - A King named Kong (2014) See more »

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"Africa Screams" offers some funny moments
14 February 2001 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

"Africa Screams" was Abbott and Costello's independent production for 1949, filmed at Nassour Studios. A&C are booksellers who find themselves on an African expedition; the leader of the expedition (lovely Hillary Brooke) is after diamonds. Hilarity ensues as A&C dodge lions and gorillas; Will A&C get their share of the diamonds?

"Africa Screams" boasts one of the finest supporting casts A&C worked with. In addition to Hillary Brooke (who later co-starred on their TV show), the movie is aided greatly by the appearances of legendary funnymen Shemp Howard and Joe Besser. An air of authenticity is given with the appearances of Frank Buck and Clyde Beatty. The tough-guy roles are nicely handled by boxers Max and Buddy Baer.

Bud is given more to do in this film, and he shines - he shows again that he would have made a wonderful character actor. He stands up to Hillary Brooke and her goons, and cuts deals for himself. Although he takes advantage of Lou once again, I can report that Bud does get his in the end! (How, I won't reveal. Watch for yourself and see.)

What prevents me from giving this film a higher rating than "6" are the low-budget sets at Nassour. Bud and Lou never had a big-budget film at Universal, but this film looks paltry by comparison. What also hampers the enjoyment of the film is the fact that it appears to still be in public domain; low-grade, scratchy prints are usually what can be found in the bargain section of the video store. All in all, though, a fun film. 6 out of 10.


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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)

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1.37 : 1
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