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Teenage Cave Man (1958)

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

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Cast

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Darah Marshall ...
The Blond Maiden
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The Symbol Maker
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The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)
Charles Thompson ...
Member of the Tribe
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
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The Fire Maker
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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$70,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The fight between two dinosaurs is the same sequence used for Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was released soon after Teenage Cavemen. A baby alligator was fitted with a fake sail-fin crest on its back and it actually was made to fight a small monitor lizard. They really were biting each other and rolling around. See more »

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Although they are supposed to be "cave men," the men have combed hair and are cleanly shaven. See more »

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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Thought-provoking atomic age parable which rises above its limited ambience to yield a memorably moving and intelligent filmic experience.
20 May 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Conceived in the era of the 1950's nuclear holocaust scare, TEENAGE CAVEMAN is an inspired (albeit low-budget) reflection of this period's fears and a worthy attempt by producer/director Roger Corman to present more serious subject matter in the sci-fi genre.

On the plus side is the noteworthy script by R. Wright Campbell. Mr. Campbell's association with Roger Corman includes scripts for FIVE GUNS WEST, MACHINE GUN KELLY, THE YOUNG RACERS, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (in which he re-wrote "Twilight Zone" fantasist Charles Beaumont's submitted script for this film) and THE SECRET INVASION. Borrowing heavily the plot and ideas from Stephen Vincent Benet's short story, "By the Waters of Babylon," Campbell presents the intelligent, inquisitive and introspective son of the "symbol maker" (earnestly played by a 26 year old Robert Vaughn), who attempts to extend the boundaries of knowledge and existence well beyond the immediate environs. Most of this remarkable film's meaningful dialogue is conveyed through the Robert Vaughn character and writer Campbell invests the story with a profundity and poignancy which is sadly lacking in most of the bland, dismal pap usually served up as entertainment.

In addition to the casting coup of Robert Vaughn and R. Wright Campbell's exceptional script, praise must also be extended to composer Albert Glasser's well-crafted and inspired music score (particularly effective during the climatic denouement). Glasser is one of the unsung maestros of film scoring in the sci-fi "B" genre (along with his contemporaries such as Ronald Stein, Paul Dunlap, Raoul Krausher, Marlin Skiles and Walter Greene) and many a low-budget feature has benefited considerably from his skilled and gifted contribution.

TEENAGE CAVEMAN quietly presents its message to the viewer with sincerity and dignity. It stands as an honourable effort to enlighten as well as to entertain and exemplifies that in good film-making with the constraints of time and budget, the necessity of more creativity, ingenuity and talent to fill the gap.


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