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Bwana Devil

(Arch Oboler, 1952) 

Preceded by Hypnotic Hick (1953) and Boo Moon (1954)  
Introduced by Bob Furmanek, 3-D Film Archive, and Jerry Beck

3D | Midwest Premiere | New Restoration

An advertisement for Bwana Devil is shown on the left with an image of an audience from 1952 wearing 3D glasses on the right.

Kick off the Columbus Moving Picture Show with a new restoration of the film that launched the 3D craze of the 1950s, plus two cartoon favorites!

The first feature film in color to use 3D technology, Bwana Devil follows the true story of the construction of the Uganda Railway and the railway workers who become the target of a pair of man-eating lions. When big-game hunters sent from Britain are gobbled up too, Robert Stack (pre-Unsolved Mysteries) must take a stand against the killer beasts. Also starring Barbara Britton and Nigel Bruce. The original prologue describing 3D technology is included in the program; watch for cameos by puppets Beany and Cecil, actor’s actor Lloyd Nolan, and Miss USA Shirley Tegge (85 mins., 2K DCP). Preceded by two restored 3D cartoons: Hypnotic Hick with Woody Woodpecker (6 mins., 2K DCP) and Boo Moon with Casper (8 mins., 2K DCP).

Members of the 3-D Film Archive restoration team, including President and Founder Bob Furmanek and acclaimed animation historian Jerry Beck, will join us for the screening. This program is presented in conjunction with the Columbus Moving Picture Show, whose members will receive our member price! The annual gathering of classic film collectors and enthusiasts runs May 23–26 at the Renaissance Hotel. Visit columbusmovingpictureshow.com for more information.

IMAGE CAPTION
Courtesy of the 3-D Film Archive.

"A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!"
Original advertisement for Bwana Devil

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FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Humanities

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Rohauer Collection Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
CampusParc 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation
Axium Packaging
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Mike and Paige Crane 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
David Crane and Elizabeth Dang 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate

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