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One Million B.C. (1940)

One Million B.C.





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Hal Roach and his son were primarily responsible for this fun-filled prehistoric fantasy, but it is rumored that a few of the scenes were directed by D.W. Griffith. The featherweight story chronicles the struggle of a group of cave people to survive in an ancient, brutal world populated by fearsome dinosaurs and other terrors.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: George Baker, Joseph Frickert, Grover Jones, Mickell Seltzer, Mikell Novak
In Theaters:
United Artists


Mamo Clark
as Nupondi
Robert Kent
as Mountain Guide
Adda Gleason
as Shell People
Rosemary Theby
as Shell People
Audrey Manners
as Shell People
Patricia Pope
as Shell People
Ed Coxen
as Shell People
Creighton Hale
as Shell People
Ben Hall
as Shell People
Jimsy Boudwin
as Shell People
Chuck Stubbs
as Shell People
Boots Le Baron
as Shell People
Richard Simons
as Shell People
Jean Porter
as Shell People
Kathy Frye
as Shell People
as Shell People
Ricca Allen
as Klang People
Harry Wilson
as Klang People
John Northpole
as Klang People
Harold Howard
as Klang People
Henry Sylvester
as Klang People
Norman Budd
as Klang People
Lorraine Rivero
as Klang People
Aida Hernandez
as Klang People
Betty Greco
as Klang People
Frank Tinajero
as Klang People
James Coppedge
as Klang People
Conrad Nagel
as Bearded, Narrator
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Critic Reviews for One Million B.C.

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you can dig all the nonsense, you might find it pleasing as silly entertainment.

Full Review… | November 5, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not great and it never was, but it's interesting.

September 9, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for One Million B.C.

One of the great adventure films ever with a simple plot of "what it must've been like living way back when" and by now antiquated special effects. Still it's a rousing tale told with vigor, expected to garner the wow factor from the outset, which it does. Of course it would be easy to sit back, sneer and call out the obvious inaccuracies of the story - too many to number - or even the age of the piece, but my answer to that would be "wet blanket!" or "killjoy!"
What film is ever truly accurate? Huh?
This is nothing but a fun work. If you can remember the eleven year old inside you, before you got to be all sophisticated and everything (with your automatic ice cube dispensing refrigerators and your French bidets!), this is as good as King Kong.
Warning: Several animals were hurt in the making of this! We're talking about the 1930's here, before we were advanced enough to know better.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Tumak is a caveman that is punished for his behavior and kicked out of his tribe. He wanders through the jungle where he sees and avoids multiple prehistoric creatures. Eventually, he comes across a peaceful tribe that takes him in and teaches him their ways. He falls for the beautiful Loana who eventually leads him back to his original tribe to teach them the error of their ways when a volcano explodes putting all their lives at risk.

Hal Roach Jr (Calaboose and Prairie Chickens) and Hal Roach (Captain Fury, Little Rascals Varieties, and The White Sheep) collaborate to deliver One Million B.C. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward but fun to watch unfold. The special effects are dated but entertaining in a fun/funny kind of way. The acting was fairly mediocre and the cast includes Victor Mature, Lon Chaney Jr, Carole Landis, and Conrad Nagel.

I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and was excited to see this Chaney old school classic. This was fairly average with some fun sequences and solid action scenes. This is not a must see film, but is worth a viewing if you're a fan of the classics like the Sinbad and Hercules films from this era.

Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins

While it may not be as appealing to the eyes as the remake, it still tells a solid story. While most of the dinosaurs are lizards, and the ones that aren't are pretty terrible looking, it adds a sense of fun to the film. The characters are a bit silly, and there are some slow moments. In the end though, I was quite satisfied with it.

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