AFRICA SPEAKS! (1930 U.S.) D/P: WALTER FUTTER
Explorer Paul Hoefler is seen crossing Africa in this hit pre-mondo documentary from Mascot. The great wildlife footage includes a vast swarm of locusts. "Duck-billed" women of the Ubangi have plates stretching their lips. A tribe of Pigmys are "darn clever". Less clever is a native made to look foolish by eating a mouthful of salt in one of several staged scenes (occasionally Hoefler and companion can be seen superimposed in front of other footage). Another staged scene has a guide "boy" attacked by a lion (Hoefler doesn`t seem concerned). 58 b/w mins. narrated (comically) by Lowell Thomas. Futter followed with the less well-known INDIA SPEAKS in 1933. Footage from AFRICA was re-used ad nauseum in the BOMBA series of jungle adventures from Monogram, starting in 1949.

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