Bwana Devil (1952)
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as Bob Hayward
as Alice Hayward
as Dr. Angus McLean
as Maj. Parkhurst
as Major Parkhurst
as Portuguese girl
as Sir William Drayton
as Indian Headman
as The Dancer
as Indian Hunter
Critic Reviews for Bwana Devil
In the case of Oboler's film, the story is, for once, not the most important thing about it. Rather, the manner in which it is presented becomes of prime interest.
Audience Reviews for Bwana Devil
I gave the movie a good rating for even attempting to tell this fantastic true story and for keeping a few elements of the original; story in...unlike the Ghost and the Darkness which is a joke as to historical accuracy.. 1952 was a different cinematic time, but today, the movie itself is no more than a dull absurdity. (Really missing Hedy Lamarr or even here.) No one seems to have a clue as to how to tell this story...or write a script, act, edit. Having found and read the book this movie is very loosely based on, the true story is a magnificent saga that is best left unaltered, however this era of Hollywood was rather careless with any story, and to alter even one sentence of Patterson's great work is criminal. My words would be useless to convey the true magnitude of the ACTUAL event as told by the person who was there, namely Patterson, The lions who killed around 40 people before they were killed by Patterson, were like supernatural monsters from a Hollywood Horror flick in their ability to prey on the railroad workers, natives, and others. Imagine the most horrific predatory monster you have ever seen in a movie and I guarantee it will not come close to the real story. Maybe Michael Cimino could have pulled it off...but I'm feeling Kevin Costner...oh well. Read JH Patterson "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo". It's awe inspiring... As if anyone still reads books anymore.
Later remade as the superior "The Ghost and the Darkness". This has the distinction of being the 1st color film released in 3D.
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