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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.


Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach


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




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


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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When the film was released in Britain, it was heavily edited due to their strict laws against animal cruelty. See more »


In some of the later scenes Loana's modern bra strap can be seen. See more »


[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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One Million B.C. , while old-fashioned, can still entertain today
31 January 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this classic Hal Roach production on the TCM site. It's the story of a man and woman and how they get their previously enemy tribes together. Actually, what I just said made the movie sound simplistic which, despite the prehistoric setting, it's not. In fact, I was surprisingly enthralled by the story, the acting of Victor Mature and Carole Landis (though Ms. Landis is also good eye candy), the fights of the "dinosaurs" (actually lizards, alligators, and armadillos), and the exciting special effects concerning the volcano eruption. Roy Seawright deserves mega-kudos for that last sequence and possibly for Mature's fight with what looked like a model dinosaur worthy of Willis O'Brien. Also loved the music score that was played throughout. That score might have broken whatever monotony the slower scenes may have had. So with all that said, I'm recommending One Million B.C. for anyone interested in these old-fashioned effects movies.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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