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Bwana Devil (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure | 30 November 1952 (USA)
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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Robert Clampett (Time for Beany sequence), Arch Oboler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Bob Hayward
Barbara Britton ... Alice Hayward
Nigel Bruce ... Dr. Angus McLean
Ramsay Hill Ramsay Hill ... Major Parkhurst
Paul McVey ... Commissioner
Hope Miller Hope Miller ... Portuguese girl
John Dodsworth John Dodsworth ... Sir William Drayton
Patrick O'Moore ... Ballinger (as Pat O'Moore)
Patrick Aherne Patrick Aherne ... Latham (as Pat Aherne)
Edward C. Short Edward C. Short ... (as Edward Short)
Bhogwan Singh ... Indian Headman
Paul Thompson Paul Thompson
Bhupesh Guha Bhupesh Guha ... The Dancer
Bal Seirgakar Bal Seirgakar ... Indian Hunter
Kalu K. Sonkur Kalu K. Sonkur ... Karparim (as Kalu K. Sonkar)
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Storyline

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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The world's FIRST FEATURE LENGTH motion picture in Natural Vision 3 Dimension See more »

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Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lions of Gulu See more »

Filming Locations:

Democratic Republic Of Congo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Dr. McLean: There's a good guest... brings his own cook and his own bedroom!
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One of the worst of all time!
22 December 2010 | by gjwslw-2See all my reviews

I was an usher at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, IL when this came out. The first 3-D movie. People were lined up for more than a block and we had to turn away many until the next showing. I was 15 years old and highly impressionable but this movie struck me as simply AWFUL! To this day I remember being embarrassed that people actually stood in line and paid good money to get in. How bad does a movie have to be to turn a 15 year old's stomach? Is there a rating for that. The only excitement was when a spear thrown by a "native" whizzed past the camera and the audience ducked. Avoid at all costs unless you enjoy bulimia.

Jerry Weiland


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