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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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Complete credited cast:
The Symbol Maker's Teenage Son
Darah Marshall ...
The Blond Maiden
Leslie Bradley ...
The Symbol Maker
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
Blond Tribe Member
The Fire Maker
Marshall Bradford ...
Member of the Tribe
Joseph Hamilton ...
Member of the Tribe (as Joseph H. Hamilton)


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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July 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Was a Teenage Caveman  »

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$70,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Referenced in The Village (2004) See more »

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Prehistoric Nonsense Corman Style
1 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was made in two WEEKS, not two days as someone else's review stated. Please get the facts straight. Read Robert Vaughn's autobiography, he has some choice information about the background of the making of this movie.

Robert Vaughn recalled the filming of it. It took place entirely in Griffith Park in California and the animals involved refused to cooperate. Also, he was sent to the hospital twice. once when an animal bit him, and once when he fell off a log and stepped on broken glass. The glamor of show biz, it is intoxicating.

It was eventually released on a double-bill with the Michael Landon classic.....wait for it....."I Was a Teenage Werewolf."

Oh, Roger Corman, you've done it again!

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