Africa Speaks!

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Africa Speaks!
Africa Speaks poster 1930.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walter Futter
Produced by Walter Futter
Paul L. Hoefler
Written by Walter Futter
Narrated by Lowell Thomas
Cinematography Paul L. Hoefler
Edited by Walter Futter
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 15, 1930 (1930-08-15)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget less than $50,000[1]

Africa Speaks! is a 1930 American documentary film directed by Walter Futter and narrated by Lowell Thomas. It is an exploitation film.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Paul L. Hoefler heads a 1928 expedition to Africa capturing wildlife and tribes on film.


Although the film was shot over the fourteen months of the expedition in the Serengeti and in Uganda, a scene involving an attack by a lion on a native was apparently staged at the Selig Zoo in Los Angeles and involved a toothless lion.[1] Wildlife footage from the film was later reused in the twelve "Bomba, the Jungle Boy" films.[3][self-published source]

Hoefler wrote a book entitled Africa Speaks about the expedition that was published in 1931.[4]

References in popular culture[edit]

The title of the film was parodied in the 1940 cartoon Africa Squeaks and the 1949 Abbott and Costello film Africa Screams.

DVD release[edit]

Africa Speaks was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on July 7, 2015.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Doherty, Thomas Patrick (1999). Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930–1934. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 239–41. ISBN 0-231-11094-4.
  2. ^ Donald Crafton (22 November 1999). The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. University of California Press. p. 388. ISBN 978-0-520-22128-4.
  3. ^ Driscoll, Jim (2008). Reflections of a "B"-Movie Junkie: A Tribute To, and Homage Of, the "B"-Movie Genre Films of the Saturday Matinees, of Primarily the '40's and '50's. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 293–94. ISBN 978-1-4363-5475-2.
  4. ^ Pitts, Michael R. (2010). Columbia Pictures: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982. McFarland. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-7864-4447-2.
  5. ^ "Alpha Video - Africa Speaks". Retrieved 2015-06-26.

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