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"Africa Screams (1949) ... Abbott & Costello ... Legend Films (2006)",
This review is from: Abbott & Costello in Africa Screams [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)Legend Films present "ABBOTT & COSTELLO IN AFRICA SCREAMS" (released: 27 May 1949) (79 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- Under Charles Barton (Director), Edward Nassour (Producer), Earl W. Baldwin (Screenwriter), Charles Van Enger (Cinematographer), Walter Schumann (Composer (Music Score), Frank Gross (Editor), Lewis H. Creber (Production Designer), Ray Robinson (Set Designer), Robert Pritchard (Sound/Sound Designer), Carl Lee (Special Effects), Joseph E. Kenny (First Assistant Director ) - - - - our story line and plot has Bud and Lou as they become part of an African expedition led by the scheming HillaryBrooke --- there are plenty of lions and other jungle beasts that get tangled up with our famous duo --- Frank Buck and Clyde Beatty also appear as themselves --- Brooke and the Baer brothers (Max & Buddy) as her henchmen, make their end of things work well, and there are also some good moments from Shemp Howard and Joe Besser --- But, Joe Beseer steals almost every scene in which he appears, take note of the scene where Beseer interrupts Abbot and Costello by running into a tent to get cup after cup of water , when the boys finally ask him why he needs so much water, he responds by telling them that his tent is on fire, a classic moment that gives the film one of the biggest chuckles --- Abbott & Costello, who are in fine form brings side splitting laughter to all their fans.
the cast includes:
Bud Abbott ... Buzz Johnson
Lou Costello ... Stanley Livington
Clyde Beatty ... Himself
Frank Buck ... Himself
Max Baer ... Grappler McCoy
Buddy Baer ... Boots Wilson
Hillary Brooke ... Diana Emerson
Shemp Howard ... Gunner
Joe Besser ... Harry
Burt Wenland ... Bobo (as Burton Wenland)
1. Bud Abbott (aka: William Alexander Abbott)
Date of Birth: 2 October 1895 - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Date of Death: 24 April 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
2. Lou Costello (aka: Louis Francis Cristillo)
Date of Birth: 6 March 1906 - Paterson, New Jersey
Date of Death: 3 March 1959 - East Los Angeles, California
Specal footnote, Abbott and Costello William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them one of the most popular teams in the history of comedy --- Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?" -- whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines -- the team is, as a result, featured in the Baseball Hall of Fame --- The two comedians first worked together in 1935 at the Eltinge Burlesque Theater on 42nd Street in New York --- the duo built an act by refining and reworking numerous routines from their former vaudeville and burlesque sketches into the long-familiar presence of Abbott as the devious straight man, and Costello as the stumbling, dimwitted laugh-getter.
Universal signed them to a long-term contract, and their second film, Buck Privates, (1941) secured them as box-office stars --- The duo made over 30 films between 1940 and 1956 --- Abbott and Costello's films were saving Universal, which the duo are believed to have pondered buying themselves at the height of their success --- They were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II --- Their other film successes included "Buck Privates" (1941), "Hold That Ghost" (1941), "Pardon My Sarong" (1942), "Buck Privates Come Home" (1947), "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) and "Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man" (1951).
In 1942, Abbott and Costello were the top box office draw with a reported take of $10 million --- They would be a top ten box office attraction---helped in no small manner by their popular radio shows---until 1952. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO & CTO) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 79 mins on DVD ~ Legend Films Video. ~ (3/01/2006)