Africa Speaks!

Africa Speaks!

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 dates
  • 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.

Plot summary

Paul L. Hoefler heads a 1928 expedition to Africa.


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.[2]

Hoefler wrote a book entitled Africa Speaks about the expedition that was published in 1931.[3]

DVD release

Africa Speaks was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on July 7, 2015.[4]

References in popular culture

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


  1. 1 2 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. 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.
  3. Pitts, Michael R. (2010). Columbia Pictures: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982. McFarland. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-7864-4447-2.
  4. "Alpha Video - Africa Speaks". Retrieved 2015-06-26.

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