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30 November 1952 (USA) See more »
A lion in your lap! A lover in your arms! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fairly good action-adventure in Africa fare See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order)

Robert Stack ... Bob Hayward

Barbara Britton ... Alice Hayward

Nigel Bruce ... 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
Miles Clark ... Mukosi

Directed by
Arch Oboler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arch Oboler 

Produced by
Arch Oboler .... producer
Sidney W. Pink .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gordon Jenkins 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
William D. Snyder (uncredited)
Film Editing by
John Hoffman 
Sound Department
Don McKay .... sound
Special Effects by
Henry Maak .... special effects
Russell Shearman .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Hirsch .... assistant camera
Homer Plannette .... gaffer
Howard Schwartz .... assistant camera
Lothrop B. Worth .... camera operator
Music Department
Gordon Jenkins .... conductor
Fred Neff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
O.S. Bryhn .... 3-D technician
Milton Gunzburg .... natural vision supervisor (as M.L. Gunzburg)
Ramsay Hill .... technical advisor
Bhogwan Singh .... technical advisor

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79 min | Germany:85 min
Color (Anscocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1953) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Based on the 1898 Tsavo Lion attacks that were also told in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996).See more »
Dr. McLean:I've seen more game in the streets of Glasgow.See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fairly good action-adventure in Africa fare, 7 November 1998
Author: bux from Tecumseh ok

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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