Abbott & Costello: Africa Screams

1949 G 1h 19m DVD

Abbott & Costello: Africa Screams

1949 G 1h 19m DVD
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Hoping to impress attractive adventuress Diana, scheming Buzz introduces his friend Stanley as a veteran safari hunter. Thinking the men may be able to help her exploit a remote diamond mine, Diana ropes the duo into joining her African expedition.
Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck, Hillary Brooke
Charles Barton
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Abbott and Costello: Africa Screams is a 1949 movie in which the legendary comedy duo finds themselves deep in the jungles of Africa dodging alligators, lions, bears, and cannibals. The most troubling aspect is the stereotypical portrayal of native Africans, who do little more than grunt, carry heavy objects for the white adventurers on safari, and try their best to cook Lou Costello in a boiling pot of water. Aside from this, many of the characters are frequently shown smoking cigarettes (which is accurate for the 1940s), and characters point guns at one another. The rest of the "violence" -- such as it is -- is both too slapsticky and too obviously done by, say, men wearing lion costumes, to be anything but silly.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


While there are numerous scenes in which characters have close calls with lions, bears, and alligators, the special effects make it obvious to even the youngest of kids that this is only a movie.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

As a movie about farcical misadventure in Africa, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are constantly shown smoking cigarettes, which is accurate for the period.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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