AFRICA SCREAMS (1949 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Africa Screams may not be the best of Abbott and Costello, but it’s classic comedy that deserves a ‘sit back and let the show roll.’ Great work for all involved.

Storyline

Abbott and Costello look for diamonds in Africa, encounter dishonest people, run from cannibalistic people, and find that sometimes man’s best friend is a gorilla.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Charles Barton for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Donald Crisp for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Buzz Johnson (Bud Abbott), Stanley Livington (Lou Costello), Clyde Beatty (Clyde Beatty), Frank Buck (Frank Buck), Grappler McCoy (Max Baer), Boots Wilson (Buddy Baer), Diana Emerson (Hillary Brooke), Gunner (Shemp Howard), Harry (Joe Besser), Bobo (Burt Wenland), The Ape (Charles Gemora), Mr. Mercer (Arthur Hecht), and Interpreter (Bill Walker).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film serves as an excellent academic study and begs the question: Why isn’t there a re-write, a sequel, or a prequel for this story? The script needs some brushing, but the foundation is solid.

Ben Meyers

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