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One Million B.C. (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance | 5 April 1940 (USA)
Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.

Directors:

Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach

Writers:

Mickell Novack (original screen play), George Baker (original screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Tumak
Carole Landis ... Loana
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Akhoba
Conrad Nagel ... Narrator
John Hubbard ... Ohtao
Nigel De Brulier ... Peytow
Mamo Clark ... Nupondi
Inez Palange Inez Palange ... Tohana
Edgar Edwards ... Skakana
Jacqueline Dalya ... Ataf
Mary Gale Fisher Mary Gale Fisher ... Wandi
Norman Budd ... Rock Person
Harry Wilson ... Rock Person
John Northpole ... Rock Person
Lorraine Rivero Lorraine Rivero ... Rock Person
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Storyline

Tumak, member of the prehistoric Rock tribe, is exiled and makes his way to the more peaceful Shell tribe, where he is taken in and taught manners by the lovely Loana. Forced to leave the Shell tribe for fighting, Tumak, along with Loana, return to the Rock tribe, where Loana shows them the error of their brutal ways - until the volcano erupts! Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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So amazing you won't believe your eyes! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Originally, D.W. Griffith was supposed to direct the film. However, he quit in the middle of filming so Hal Roach and his son completed the project. See more »

Goofs

The cave people speak in a made-up language, but Lon Chaney Jr. slips after he throws Victor Mature out of the cave. His wife rushes forward, and Lon clearly says "Get back! Get down! Get back!" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mountain Guide: This shelter will have to do until the storms over. Better take your wet things off and make yourselves as comfortable as possible.
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Crazy Credits

Conrad Nagel is in the opening credits as "Narrator," but not in the comprehensive end credits. Because of this, the opening credits are used first in the IMDb listing and the rest of the cast is filled in with the end credits. See more »

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Featured in The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) See more »

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Interesting Prehistoric adventure
5 January 2006 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I've seen One Million BC a couple of times and enjoyed it, although its remake, One Million Years BC with Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen special effects is much better. This was released on video in Germany, of which I have a copy which a mate ordered for me from Amazon.

A group of explorers go into a cave and look at some cave paintings done by Stone Age Man. The movie then goes back in time and we learn how these people lived. One of these, Tumak meets a girl from a rival tribe and falls in love with her. After getting up to different adventures including battles with dinosaurs and other prehistoric life (more of which later), a volcano erupts and there is also an earthquake towards the end.

Now to those creatures, starting with those "dinosaurs". These are enlarged lizards and alligators with sails stuck on their backs to resemble Dimetrodons. We also see a T-Rex which is just a man in a monster suit and seems to be dancing. At the beginning, the cavemen kill a rubber Tricertops for food. Other creatures we see are Woolly Mammoths which I think are just elephants covered with fur, a giant armadillo, aardvark and snakes. Some of these creatures look OK and some look rather shoddy.

Stock footage from this movie was to appear in many others in years to come, including Teenage Caveman, Tarzan's Desert Mystery and King Dinosaur.

The cast includes Victure Mature in his first movie, Carole Landis, horror star Lon Chaney Jr (The Wolf Man) and John Hubbard.

Though not fantastic, One Million BC is certainly worth a look and is a worthy addition to any collection, especially for fans of dinosaur movies like myself.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Giants See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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