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Abbott and Costello: Africa Screams

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classic comedy has some smoking, stereotyping.

Movie NR 1949 79 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+


Not one of their funniest movies. Weak storyline. My 12 year old loves comedy but these Abbott and Costello movies like this haven't aged well. I think there are better Abbott and Costello movies this definitely isn't one of them.

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For fans of Abbott and Costello, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO: AFRICA SCREAMS is the kind of silly romp you would come to expect, with plenty of sight gags, one-liners, and comedic misunderstandings. For contemporary audiences, some of the humor might be a bit dated, to say nothing of the "special effects." Most troubling for modern audiences will be the portrayal of African tribesmen, who stereotypically grunt, carry heavy objects for the white explorers, and seek to eat Lou Costello, because they are cannibals.

In spite of these moments that firmly place this movie in the 1940s, there are some very silly moments, and some entertaining cameos by the likes of Shemp Howard, lion tamer Claude Beatty, and boxing brothers Max and Buddy Baer. As always, it really is wonderful to watch the comedic chemistry between Abbott and Costello. Kids who are able to see past the stereotyping and dated look will find lots to enjoy.

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