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Africa Screams

USA 1949
produced by
Edward Nassour, Huntington Hartford for Nassour Studios/United Artists
directed by Charles Barton
starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck, Max Baer, Buddy Baer, Hillary Brooke, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, Burt Wenland, and as an ape Charles Gemora
written by Earl Baldwin, music by Walter Schumann

Abbott & Costello

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Somehow Stanley (Lou Costello), without even wanting it, convinces greedy bitch Diana Emerson (Hillary Brooke) that he knows the whereabouts of a diamond mine in deepest Africa, and before you know it, he and his pal Buzz (Bud Abbott) jon her, her gang (Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, Max Baer, Buddy Baer) and world renowned animal trainer Clyde Beatty (himself) on an expedition into deepest, darkest Africa to find the diamonds - even if Diana pretends she is only looking for some legendary giant orangutan.

Eventually of course, Stanley and Buzz mess up everything royally, run into a variety of wild beasts, famous big game hunter Frank Buck (also himself), cannibals, and of course the giant orangutan (Charles Gemora), who has taken a liking to Stanley. And in the end the baddies get their just desserts while Stanley gets the diamonds ...

 

So-so Abbott & Costello-comedy that has some amusing scenes on one hand, on the other sometimes one just gets the feeling they don't even try hard enough: when they play the exact same extended joke on first Clyde Beatty and later Frank Buck, this isn't exactly evidence for inventiveness ... especially since the joke isn't all that good. In all very mediocre.

 

Three Stooges fans will want to see this movie anyhow because both Shemp Howard and Joe Besser (both Stooges, but never at the same time) are in it, however, of the two only Howard has some really funny scenes.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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