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Africa Speaks! (1930)

Explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.

Director:

Walter Futter

Writer:

Walter Futter
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Credited cast:
Harald Austin Harald Austin ... Himself
Paul L. Hoefler Paul L. Hoefler ... Himself (as Paul Hoefler)
Lowell Thomas ... Himself (narrator)
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Explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.

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Plot Keywords:

africa | safari | pygmy | locust | lion | See All (37) »

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See the real Africa - HEAR the real Africa! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afrika spricht! See more »

Filming Locations:

Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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In 1930 RCA Victor released 'African Serenade', described on the label as "based on native rhythms as heard in Columbia picture Africa Speaks". It was written by Harry DeCosta and Nathaniel Shilkret and recorded by The Victor Orchestra under Shilkret with vocal refrain by Frank Luther. The disc can be heard at The Internet Archive site. See more »

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Spoofed in Africa Squawks (1939) See more »

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Great footage, bad narration...
16 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In some ways, there is a lot to like about this documentary. After all, it's one of the film to use sound footage--after many previous silent African safari films. In addition, the footage is excellent--well filmed and not chock full of stock footage like some documentaries. I liked seeing and learning about the pygmy tribes and the various animals. However, at the same time, there is an often annoying narration. Too often, the narrator tries to sound clever--making terribly unfunny jobs and supposedly glib comments. But they all come off badly and seem, at times, a bit condescending towards the subject matter--though I must also admit that the narration about the pygmies is not. It's really a shame, as with better narration, this would have been an exciting film to watch---especially since I learned some wonderful things about the animals and people of this continent....when I wasn't groaning at the narration! If you want to see it, follow the link on IMDb and you can copy it free to your hard drive since it's in the public domain.


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