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Teenage Cave Man (1958)

 -  Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  July 1958 (USA)
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A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations.

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Complete credited cast:
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The Symbol Maker's Teenage Son
Darah Marshall ...
The Blond Maiden
Leslie Bradley ...
The Symbol Maker
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The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)
Charles P. Thompson ...
Member of the Tribe (as Charles Thompson)
June Jocelyn ...
The Symbol Maker's Wife
Jonathan Haze ...
The Curly-Haired Boy
Beach Dickerson ...
Fair-Haired Boy / Man from Burning Plains / Tom-Tom Player / Bear
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Blond Tribe Member
Robert Shayne ...
Young Tribe Member
Marshall Bradford ...
Member of the Tribe
Joseph Hamilton ...
Member of the Tribe (as Joseph H. Hamilton)
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Robert Vaughn stars as a white 25-year-old teenage caveman with styled hair who seeks to discover what is in the uncharted jungles beyond his tribe's campsite. It is against the Word (and the Word is the Law), but he breaks it anyway. Soon he discovers a strange creature which kills with its touch. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Nuclear holocaust has destroyed the world as we know it--and now the future of humanity is in the hands of TEENAGE CAVEMAN See more »

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July 1958 (USA)  »

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I Was a Teenage Caveman  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Robert Vaughn said in an interview that he considered this to be the worst film ever made. See more »

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Some of the cave men have "farmers' tans." See more »

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Referenced in Fright Night Part 2 (1988) See more »

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Rebellious Cro-Magnon Teens
22 November 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although its obviously low budget and cheesy special effects prevent this early Roger Corman film from a higher rating, Teenage Cave Man actually turned out to be a lot better than I thought it would. It shows that in every generation teens rebel, even back in prehistory.

Robert Vaughn who later turned in performances as rather sophisticated people be they good guys or bad guys, is a rather erudite teen Cro Magnon who does not think the tribal religion has all the answers. His tribe is restricted in its turf by the Word which gives them only certain parameters to live.

Frank DeKova is our villain, a hidebound sort of caveman, a fundamentalist in his beliefs who says death should happen to those who wander out of the tribal area. But Vaughn goes and in the process learns the answers to many things. And the film has a surprise ending, very similar to Planet Of The Apes which many critics have compared Teenage Cave Man with.

Or for me this could easily have been a good Twilight Zone episode, as directed by Roger Corman.


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