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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
(as Edward Short)
Bhogwan Singh ...
Indian Headman
Paul Thompson
Bhupesh Guha ...
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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The Lions of Gulu  »

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Based on the 1898 Tsavo Lion attacks that were also told in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). See more »

Quotes

Bob: I don't need any help, I'll get that scurvy lion myself.
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Remade as Rakshak: The Protector (2004) See more »

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Fairly good action-adventure in Africa fare
7 November 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

Bwana Devil is reputedly the first major studio, full length feature filmed entirely in the 3D process. Supposedly producer Oboler went to Africa to shoot a different movie, but after hearing the tale of two man-eating lions, terrorizing railway builders, decided on this one. It's a good story too, almost Hemmingway-like; fear, redemption, the great white hunter and all. It's the telling of the story that seems to drag, almost as though filming in the new process was too weighty for the crew. The action scenes are stiff, almost too staged. But these technical problems appear small in light of the film's dramatic conclusion.


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