Africa Screams (1949)




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The slapstick confusion begins in this Abbott and Costello comedy when the duo are mistaken for experts on Africa, which leads to their kidnapping by a group of diamond hunters. The two are soon stumbling through the wilds of the distant continent, dealing with untamed beasts and other dangers.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy
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Bud Abbott
as Buzz Johnson
Lou Costello
as Stanley Livington
Hillary Brooke
as Diana Emerson
Max Baer Jr.
as Grappler McCoy
Buddy Baer
as Boots Wilson
Clyde Beatty
as Himself
Frank Buck
as Himself
Shemp Howard
as Gunner
Joe Besser
as Harry
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Critic Reviews for Africa Screams

All Critics (5)

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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Classic comedy has some smoking, stereotyping.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Common Sense Media

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Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

A bungle in the jungle.

January 19, 2006
Film Threat

And the continent probably would after viewing one of the weakest of the A&C comedies.

June 12, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Not a great Abott and Costello, but a favorite nonetheless.

February 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Africa Screams


★★1/2 (out of four) I must say that I am not the biggest Abbott and Costello fan. I prefer the Marx Brothers style of humor. I find them more witty and ironic. Abbott and Costello are more obvious, nothing deeper hiding below the surface. That said, "Africa Screams!" is not terrible. It just isn't consistantly funny enough to be recommended. The plot is really just an excuse to get our comedic duo to interact with animals. Diana Emerson (Hillary Brooke) is on a quest to find a lost diamond. Stanley Livingstone (Costello) has the map to the diamond memorized, so he and the shady Buzz Johnson (Abbott) head with Emerson to the African jungles. There is a pretty funny bit with Costello getting locked up with some lions. The animals seem to have the most fun. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

A funny little vehicle with some great laughs and gags. The "Romance" between Costello and a gorilla is hilarious. The ending is both a shock and a gigantic punchline!

Hayden Larsen
Hayden Larsen

Wow...not sure what to say.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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