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One Million B.C. (1940)

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the remake One Million Years B.C. (1966), Robert Brown wore identical make-up when playing Akhoba to that worn by Lon Chaney Jr. in this film. 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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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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Edited into One Million AC/DC (1969) See more »

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Always a Halloween Favorite
8 November 2005 | by xerses13See all my reviews

My brother and I first saw ONE MILLION B.C. in the 1960's. It was always shown in our area as part of a one (1) week Halloween celebration on the local channel. We liked it then and I still think highly of it now. This is a fun and for its subject matter gentle film and find it more enjoyable then the technically superior Ray Harryhausen remake. It is very easy on the eyes in B&W compared to the rather harsh color of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. It also boasts a very enjoyable and sentimental musical score.

The acting is credibly done to the level of the subject matter. Mr. Chaney, Mature and Ms. Landis are not performing RICHARD III. We believe in their characterizations because they are sincere and not over the top. The Special Visual Effects of course could have used Willis O'Brien (yes, we knew they were lizards even back then in the 60s) but there are several convincing scenes. The drift down the river with various creatures in the background, the march through the jungle pursued by what appears to be a Armadillo, duel of the dinosaurs in the desert and finally the Volcano and the saving of the Shell People. All are well mounted and succeeded in their intent which we don't believe was to scare the audience but to involve them in the story line. You wanted these characters to succeed against nature and each other.

So take a chance on this one (1). In fact watch both versions and I bet you will come back with a better appreciation of what the Hal Roach Studio presented. Hopefully they will reissue (restored) on DVD. It needs it badly since like KING KONG it suffered much in re-releases and sale to television and bits and pieces that have been grafted into so many 1950's horror/sci-fi films. Like THINGS TO COME it would be nice to see it in its original premier release.


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