“Africa Screams” is a comedy film released in 1949 and directed by Charles Barton. The film stars the comedy duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, as well as Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck, and Max and Buddy Baer.
The plot follows Bud and Lou as they work in a bookstore and dream of adventure and riches. They are approached by a shady businessman who convinces them to join an expedition to Africa in search of a lost diamond mine. Unbeknownst to them, the businessman plans to steal the diamonds for himself.
Once in Africa, Bud and Lou encounter a series of mishaps and comedic situations, as they try to navigate the dangerous terrain and avoid wild animals. They also meet up with real-life wild animal trainers Clyde Beatty and Frank Buck, who help them out of several sticky situations.
As the expedition continues, Bud and Lou become suspicious of their employer’s motives and begin to unravel his plan. They ultimately thwart his scheme and return to America with a valuable diamond, but not before encountering one final hilarious obstacle.
The film is a classic example of Abbott and Costello’s trademark humor, featuring their comedic banter, physical gags, and funny reactions to the dangerous situations they find themselves in. The inclusion of real-life animal trainers and exotic African settings adds to the film’s appeal and creates a unique blend of comedy and adventure.
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Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Clyde Beatty