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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
this is my first time to saw bud abbott and lou costello movie include public domain pictures and the very amazing classic and good, the funniest and the slapstick rest of movie with abbott and costello of their best starring. some with funniest include cannibal village (most funniest and they want costello's role), the gorilla (then late turn large gorilla it like movie "king kong"), costello with the lion, and the henchmens. there 2 "the three stooges" regular cast with shemp howard (gunner) and then joe besser (harry) both starring this film. both bud abbott and lou costello is so amazing funniest actor and performance and im with lou costello is way better funny than bud abbott.
"Africa Screams" is not Abbott and Costello's best movie, but it is a funny movie and I enjoyed watching it. Hey, It is a Abbott and Costello's movie. I grew up watching These Abbott and Costello's movie on a Saturday. As part of the cast of this is Shemp Howard and Joe Besser, at differnt times, they were one of the "Three Stooges". I like the very beginning of the movie with Stanley Livingston (Lou Costello) acting like a big African safari hunter, in the bookstore, trying to tame a little kitty and beginning scare of it. Any Abbott and Costello's movie is good to watch just like this one.