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Safari (1940 film)

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Directed byEdward H. Griffith
Produced byAnthony Veiller
Written byDelmer Daves
Based onstory by Paul Hervey Fox
StarringDouglas Fairbanks Jr.
Madeleine Carroll
Tullio Carminati
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Edited byEda Warren
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
June 14, 1940
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Safari is a 1940 American adventure film directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Madeleine Carroll and Tullio Carminati.[1][2]

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegté.


Millionaire Baron de Courland arrives in West Africa in order to hunt for big game. He is accompanied by his girlfriend, Linda Stewart.

De Courland hires Jim Logan to be his guide. During the safari, Linda falls for Jim, causing De Courland to be jealous.



Paramount bought the story in May 1938. In May 1939 they announced Madeline Griffth would star under the direction of Edward Griffith.[3] Her co-star was going to be Joel McCrea who had just signed a two-year contract with Paramount.[4] Another lead role was given to Whitney Bourne who Paramount were grooming for stardom.[5]

In July W. P. Lipscomb was reportedly working on the script.[6]

In August Carroll announced she would be getting the boat back from England to start making the film in October.[7] By this stage Douglas Fairbanks Jr had replaced McCrea as her co star.[8]

Second unit footage was shot in Africa.[9]


  1. ^ Cameron p.117-18
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  3. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: New York Times". May 20, 1939. p. 16.
  4. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Carole Lombard Selected by Selznick for the Lead Role in 'Flashing Stream' JOEL M'CREA IN 'SAFARI' To Co-Star With Madeleine Carroll". New York Times. May 31, 1939. p. 30.
  5. ^ Schallert, Edwin (June 3, 1939). "DRAMA: Whitney Bourne to Be Groomed for Stardom". Los Angeles Times. p. A9.
  6. ^ Schallert, Edwin (July 8, 1939). "Preston Foster Lead in Sweepstakes Expose: Muni's Son Selected Swing King in Movies Nancy Kelly Assigned Meredith Reappears Stand-in Turns Author". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
  7. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Aug 30, 1939. p. 22.
  8. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (Sep 16, 1939). "DRAMA: Mary Pickford Will Produce Gish Story". Los Angeles Times. p. 24.
  9. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (Sep 7, 1939). "SCREEN: Priscilla Lane Earns Stardom in 'Episode'". Los Angeles Times. p. 13.


  • Kenneth M. Cameron. Africa on Film: Beyond Black and White. Continuum, 1994.
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