BEST VERSION OUT THERE
David W. Wagner | 05/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"AFRICA SCREAMS has been in the public domain for years. This dusted-off version looks and sounds the best of a-n-y version I've seen. This is the first version I've seen with the Nassour Studios logo opening the film and it has closed-captioning, as well. I skip the colorized version, as I oppose that sort of thing. However, Legend Films has made this one worth the wait. The scene where the tribal chief is scared white by the giant gorilla is here intact, as well, whereas I've often seen it where his face has been blurred over with darkness. I've found this to be a fine film of the team's, as opposed to, say, MEXICAN HAYRIDE or LITTLE GIANT. If you're still hunting a fine print of AFRICA SCREAMS for your A & C collection ... well, here it is."
Acute Observer | Jersey Shore USA | 07/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The film starts with a comic scene in a bookstore. Two men offer $1,000 for a map in the book "Dark Safari". A woman offers $2,500 for the same map. Stanley Livington remembers that detail very well (too good to be true?). [The story and its subject are certainly dated.] Clyde Beatty plays himself. Shemp Howard plays another near-sighted character (like his role in a "Blondie" movie). There are plenty of gags to amuse the viewers. Buzz overhears Diana talking about the real purpose of the expedition - its not for a giant orangutan. Frank Buck plays himself. There are comic situations, most are still funny. There is a very comic scene with a lion skin and a real lion. Clyde Beatty does his lion taming act.
After this the boys find diamonds just laying on the ground. They follow the trail to where it leads. The natives have them over for dinner. A secret friend unties them. There is more intrigue and comic chases. More fun results from a failure to communicate. The natives are appalled by a giant gorilla, and flee. Buzz takes off down the river on a raft. What will happen to poor Stanley now?
Back in Manhattan Stanley is living large in a big building with his name on it. Then we see his partner and the cause of his wealth. [Is there a moral here?] This film is not as funny as earlier films.
Not one of their best
Robert S. Gartner | Cottekill, NY | 07/09/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The basic plot of the film has Hillary Brooke looking for a book about an African safari containing a map leading to a fortune in diamonds. Department store employees Bud Abbott and Lou Costello bluff their way into her confidence and then travel to Africa, along with her team of explorers, including Joe Besser, Max and Buddy Baer, Shemp Howard, Frank Buck and Clyde Beatty, eventually running into a tribe of cannibals. The film is not any where near the best work that Abbott & Costello have done; in fact, to call it one of their `lesser' efforts is an overstatement. It is a one-joke film with Abbott & Costello doing their usual, yet funny, shtick. Hillary Brooke and Shemp Howard are wasted in minor roles, as is Joe Besser, although both he and Howard are funny as always in the brief time they have on screen. The Baer brothers, Frank Buck and Clyde Beatty are there simply to show off the talents of each of them and do not add much of anything to the film, which, incidentally, feels less like a movie and more like an extended television episode for their future television show. Only for die-hard, nothing-they-do-is-bad fans."
A&B TWO STOOGES AND A GIANT GORILLA! BUY THE HAL ROACH STUDI
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 10/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been on a Abbott and Costello kick lately and I have been buying their films that weren't included in the massive box set. I have found them all but one(A&B meet Captain Kidd) and hope that one will make its way to DVD soon. Africa Screams is actually a very good A&B film with plenty of fun and action. There are many releases of this film and I tried a few before I came across my Ammie friend's review Paul J. Mular(Thank you!). His suggestion for buying the Hal Roach Studios release is spot on. The film looks about as good as we will probably ever see it and it is not altered which most of them are. The scene were the natives are scared white is intact.
The film has the boys going on a safari to Africa because it is thought that Lou knows how to draw a certain map that will of course lead to riches. We throw in some lions, monkeys, a giant gorilla, Max Baer, Shemp Howard and Joe Besser for good measure! How can you go wrong with that line up?"