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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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A little dull and Stack overacted, but it's better than many of the reviews indicated. 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 (as Pat O'Moore)
Patrick Aherne ... Latham (as Pat Aherne)
Edward C. Short (as Edward Short)

Bhogwan Singh ... Indian Headman
Paul Thompson
Bhupesh Guha ... The Dancer
Bal Seirgakar ... Indian Hunter
Kalu K. Sonkur ... Karparim (as Kalu K. Sonkar)
Miles Clark ... Mukosi (as Miles Clark Jr)

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

Produced by
Arch Oboler .... producer
Sidney W. Pink .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gordon Jenkins 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
William D. Snyder (uncredited)
Film Editing by
John Hoffman 
Makeup Department
Armand Delmar .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Dixon .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Eaton .... properties
Sound Department
Stephen Bass .... sound recordist (as Steve Bass)
Don McKay .... sound
Special Effects by
Henry Maak .... special effects
Russell Shearman .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Hirsch .... assistant camera (as Eugene Hirsch)
Homer Plannette .... lighting
Howard Schwartz .... assistant camera
Lothrop B. Worth .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry West .... wardrobe
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 (as Major Ramsay Hill)
Geraldine Klancke .... executive secretary
Bhogwan Singh .... technical advisor
George Wallach .... producer's assistant

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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) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (nf)

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The film is notable for sparking the first 3-D film craze in the motion picture industry, as well as for being the first 3-D film in color and the first 3-D sound feature in English.See more »
Dr. McLean:As Gladstone said, "stat-us quo, stat-us quo."See more »
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A little dull and Stack overacted, but it's better than many of the reviews indicated., 17 September 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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