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British railway workers in Kenya are becoming the favorite snack of two man-eating lions. Head engineer Bob Hayward becomes obsessed with trying to kill the beasts before they maul everyone on his crew.

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Bob Hayward
Barbara Britton ...
Alice Hayward
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Dr. Angus McLean
Ramsay Hill ...
Major Parkhurst
Paul McVey ...
Commissioner
Hope Miller ...
Portuguese girl
John Dodsworth ...
Sir William Drayton
Patrick O'Moore ...
Ballinger
Patrick Aherne ...
Latham
Edward C. Short ...
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Bhogwan Singh ...
Indian Headman
Paul Thompson
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The Dancer
Bal Seirgakar ...
Indian Hunter
Kalu K. Sonkur ...
Karparim
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When the construction of the East African railway comes to a grinding halt Bob Hayward, the chief engineer, undertakes to kill the lion that is terrifying the construction crews and preventing them from working. Hayward isn't very happy in his job. He's been away from his home and his wife for 8 months and has taken to drinking and carousing.As the lion continues to attack the laborers, Hayward seeks the help of the local Masai tribesmen but they too have little success. Despite the arrival of several hunters to assist him - and his wife who unexpectedly arrives from England - the killer beast remains elusive, killing them one by one. It's left to Hayward to overcome his self-doubts and go up against the lion. Written by garykmcd

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A lion in your lap! A lover in your arms!

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30 November 1952 (USA)  »

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Arch Oboler traveled to Africa in 1948 to make audio recordings of native peoples. While in Africa, Oboler met William D. Snyder, a 16mm cameraman with his own industrial filmmaking company in Fargo, North Dakota. During their travels throughout Africa, Mr. Snyder shot the African footage that appears in Bwana Devil. See more »

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Bob: Now I'm in a conspiracy against *him*.
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A little dull and Stack overacted, but it's better than many of the reviews indicated.
17 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I will admit that "Bwana Devil" is not a great movie, but to compare this groundbreaking 3-D movie to "Plan 9 From Outer Space" is utterly ridiculous, as "Bwana Devil" is not bad--but it is slightly below average. The negatives are Robert Stack's overacting and forgetting his accent frequently as well as a few cheesy scenes (seeing a stuffed lion tossed on Nigel Bruce when he was supposedly being attacked was unintentionally funny). The HUGE plus is that this film was made mostly in Africa and looks so much better than the tons of schlocky African films of the 1930s-50s.

The story is a dramatization of a real story of a couple man-eating lions and the man who ultimately killed them. It's the same story you'll see in the newer and better "Ghost and the Darkness"--so my advice is see this film instead. But, if you don't, you'll essentially learn the same story...along with Stack's less than stellar performance. Not a bad film at all--just not one that will bowl you over, either.


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