Hal Roach Studios Film Classics
After spending almost a decade within the protective exclusivity of their lucrative contract with Universal Pictures, top screen funnymen Bud Abbott and Lou Costello signed up every classic Hollywood and Vaudeville comedian they could find for their first independent effort, Africa Screams.
Once this gang of idiots assembled under the alleged leadership of producer Eddie Nassour in 1949, the working title should have been changed to Nassour Screams-which is pretty much what the overwrought producer did as he saw the crazed antics of his manic cast blow the already-ample budget out of all proportion and, thanks to the ad hoc pie fights and seltzer bottle squirting, probably put as much top footage into the gag reel as ever emerged in the finished motion picture.
Soon after the production, Nassour succumbed to ill health and there was muttering to the effect that the cause of death was not a bad heart but, rather, the antics of the cast of Africa Screams.
This initial Abbott and Costello independent effort was one of their all-time best. A typically screwy tale involving a lost African gold mine and a giant ape (who falls in love with the rotund Costello), Africa Screams had audiences screaming as well. So, join in the happy crowd. You'll love two of America's greatest comics in one of their best thigh-slappers, Africa Screams.