Dear Inman: When I was a teenager growing up in Louisville, I saw a 3D movie at a downtown theatre. I think they touted it as the first 3D movie ever made. The title I believe was “Bwana ———-.” Can you verify or discredit this? – Don, via e-mail
Dear Don: That’s “Bwana Devil,” a 1952 film. It’s set in Kenya, where efforts to build a railroad are constantly being thwarted by two very hungry lions who, in true 3D tradition, leap at the screen a lot.
The non-lion actors in the film include Robert Stack, Nigel Bruce and everyone’s favorite, Kalu K. Sonkur, as “Karparim.” Here’s the preview: