So This Is Africa

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So This Is Africa
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Produced by Harry Cohn (executive producer)
Written by Lew Lipton
Norman Krasna
Starring Bert Wheeler
Robert Woolsey
Raquel Torres
Esther Muir
Music by Bert Kalmer
Harry Ruby
Cinematography Leonard Smith
Edited by Maurice Wright
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 22, 1933 (1933-04-22)
Running time
64 mins.
Country United States
Language English

So This Is Africa is a 1933 comedy film starring Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Raquel Torres, and Esther Muir. It was Wheeler and Woolsey's only film for Columbia Pictures.


Film studio "Ultimate Pictures" plans on producing an animal picture in Africa. The studio gets the help of animal specialist Mrs. Johnson Martini. There's just one problem: she's afraid of animals. Martini and the studio soon learn of Wilbur and Alexander, a couple of down on their luck vaudevillians with a trained lion act. The duo agree to join Martini on an expedition to Africa. While there, the trio finds themselves captured by a tribe of violent Amazons.


Norman Krasna says he wrote the script in three weeks.[1]

The Motion Picture Division of the Education Board of New York State felt that several lines of dialogue and other sequences in this film were inappropriate. As a result, Columbia Pictures was forced to delete sections of "So This Is Africa" prior to its release.


To date, "So This Is Africa" has not been released into the home video market. It is currently owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film has been shown on Turner Classic Movies in the past.



  1. ^ *McGilligan, Patrick, "Norman Krasna: The Woolworth's Touch", Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age, University of California Press,1986 p219

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