Bwana Devil (1952)

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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:
Bob Hayward
Barbara Britton ...
Alice Hayward
Dr. Angus McLean
Ramsay Hill ...
Major Parkhurst
Paul McVey ...
Hope Miller ...
Portuguese girl
John Dodsworth ...
Sir William Drayton
Patrick O'Moore ...
Patrick Aherne ...
Edward C. Short ...
(as Edward Short)
Bhogwan Singh ...
Indian Headman
Paul Thompson
Bhupesh Guha ...
The Dancer
Bal Seirgakar ...
Indian Hunter
Kalu K. Sonkur ...


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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Release Date:

30 November 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lions of Gulu  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Dr. McLean: There's a good guest... brings his own cook and his own bedroom!
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Referenced in Modern Marvels: '70s Tech (2007) See more »

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3 D Excitement
10 December 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film is worth seeing since it is a classic in the sense of being the very first full length film released in the process of three demention. It was not very good in its acting or story plot, but can be a great movie quiz question from an historical standpoint. It should be seen in the 3 D process with polarized lenses.

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