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The Primitive Man (1914)

Brute Force (original title)
A primitive tribe are attacked by apemen and menaced by various prehistoric monsters.


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Robert Harron ... Harry Faulkner (Prologue) / Weakhands (The Old Days)
Mae Marsh ... Lillywhite
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Priscilla's Father (Prologue)
Wilfred Lucas ... Brute Force
Edwin Curglot Edwin Curglot ... Caveman
Alfred Paget ... In Club (Prologue) / Tribesman (The Old Days)
Jennie Lee Jennie Lee ... Cavewoman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
Lionel Barrymore
Harry Carey ... In Womanless Tribe (The Old Days)
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... In Club (Prologue)
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... In Club (Prologue) / Tribesman (The Old Days)
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... In Club (Prologue)
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... In Club (Prologue) / Tribesman (The Old Days)
Elmo Lincoln ... In Club (Prologue) / Tribesman (The Old Days)


A gent in formal wear, amid a club or party, dozes off reading a book about primitive man; we see the dream enacted. Weakhands loses his girlfriend to Bruteforce, but chances upon a design for a weapon to vanquish his rival and win her back. His tribe sees this and sets him up as their leader. With the club, he fends off various creatures (a winged lizard, a snake, a dinosaur) and a rival tribe led by Monkeywalk. The women even manage to repel an attack. But the rivals discover the secret of the club themselves, and capture the women. Weakhands, sitting in despair, chances upon a new weapon: the bow and arrow. With this tool, he slays the rival tribe and restores domestic tranquility. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Short | Adventure | Drama







Release Date:

25 April 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primitive Man See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Perhaps the earliest live-action film to feature dinosaurs and humans. An herbivorous Ceratosaurus is briefly featured in the film. See more »


The Ceratosaurus featured is eating vegetation, while the dinosaur was actually a carnivore. See more »


Features Man's Genesis (1912) See more »

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Interesting Cave Man Movie
1 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There are two tribes at war with each other. One tribe is womanless and is probably doomed. There is research that the Neanderthal's were so cruel to their women, the the women died off, ending any future for the tribes. In this one we have basically a single battle scene where the women are objects to be kidnapped. The one tribe is dominant because they have more stone tomahawks than the other guys, but soon the latter tribe invents bows and arrows and is able to strike from a distance. There are some really hokey dinosaurs thrown into the mix. But overall, this is quite a treat.

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