Africa Screams

Africa Screams

Bud Abbott
Director: Charles Barton Cast: Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott
, Lou Costello
Lou Costello
, Hillary Brooke
Hillary Brooke
Charles Barton

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello temporarily leave their usual Universal stamping grounds to star in the Huntington Hartford production Africa Screams. Costello plays the colorfully inept Stanley Livingstone, a meek book salesman who poses as a big-game hunter at the behest of his shifty pal Buzz Johnson (Abbott). It's all part of a scheme to extract some money from adventuress Diana Emerson (Hillary Brooke), who intends to search for a lost diamond mine in the heart of Africa. It seems that Stanley has committed to memory a long out-of-print book which contained a map to the mine. Despite his mortal fear of wild animals, Stanley accompanies Buzz, Diana, and Diana's henchmen on the African expedition. The subsequent comic complications involve a legendary giant gorilla, a cannibal tribe, and a friendly orangutan who falls in love with Stanley. Animal trainer Clyde Beatty and big-game tracker Frank Buck make cameo appearances while character comics Shemp Howard and Joe Besser provide laughs as, respectively, a nearsighted gunman and a sissified flunky. Also on hand are boxer brothers Max Baer and Buddy Baer, who engage in an amusingly unconvincing display of fisticuffs. But the film belongs to Abbott & Costello, who are in fine form.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2020
UPC: 0851968007484
Original Release: 1949
Source: Classicflix
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 15,783

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Abbott Buzz Johnson
Lou Costello Stanley Livingston
Hillary Brooke Diana Emerson
Max Baer Boots
Buddy Baer Grappler
Clyde Beatty Himself
Frank Buck Himself
Shemp Howard Gunner
Joe Besser Harry

Technical Credits
Charles Barton Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
Lewis H. Creber Production Designer
Frank Gross Editor
Huntington Hartford Producer
Jane Huizenga Production Designer
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Carl Lee Special Effects
Edward Nassour Producer
Robert Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Walter Schumann Score Composer
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer

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