Africa Screams (1949)

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Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals...


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28 June 2006 | ma-cortes
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| Lots of fun with the loony couple in the African jungle
The frantic duo now as library clerks (Abbott and Costello) who become involved into African adventures when an ambitious group led by a nasty , evil woman (Hillary Brooke) thinks Costello knows a treasure map . They , then , go to an Africa safari which leads a secret treasure , the king Salomon's diamonds . Stranded in Africa happens numerous humorous adventures , odds and risks .

The picture contains slapstick , simple humor , parody and results to be pretty amusing . This is an okay comedy but a cheapie production in low budget developing a sarcastic look to jungle films . Most entertainment and madcap scheme comes from the animals apparition when are frightening to Costello such as a gorilla , Croc and lions , especially when happens into a cage . This is first independently financed film that Abbott and Costello made whilst under contract with Universal , it was released by United Artists . In supporting cast appears familiar faces joined in the mayhem , thus : Hillary Brooke (acting alongside with the crazy duo in ¨Against the captain Kidd¨ too) as femme fatal , she is especially known as wicked roles (¨Woman in green¨ against Sherlock's Basil Rathbone) ; Clyde Beatty and Frank Buck , they were actually lions tamers , in fact world renowned animal trainer Clyde Beatty provided his own animals for the film ; The Baer Brothers , Max and Buddy , real life muscle men heavyweight fighters and Buddy Baer (playing a giant) starred with the mad couple ¨Jack and the bean stalk¨ ; even appears the one time ¨Stooges¨ (Howard and Besser) . Atmospheric cinematography , though a colorized copy of this film was released in 1988 and mostly shot in studio .This middling spoof film was regularly directed by usual director of their films , Charles Barton . The flick will appeal to nutty duo fans . Hilarious and humorous gags make this one of the best from barmy pair . Low-budget comedy could have been better .

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