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So This Is Africa

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So This Is Africa
Directed byEdward F. Cline
Written byLew Lipton
Norman Krasna
Produced byHarry Cohn (executive producer)
StarringBert Wheeler
Robert Woolsey
Raquel Torres
Esther Muir
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Edited byMaurice Wright
Music byBert Kalmer
Harry Ruby
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 22, 1933 (1933-04-22)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States

So This Is Africa is a 1933 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Edward F. Cline and 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.



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.[citation needed] Norman Krasna requested his name be taken off the credits accordingly.[1]


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. ^ "Variety (May 1933)". 1933.
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