One Million B.C.

One Million B.C.

Victor Mature
Director: Hal Roach, Hal Roach Jr. Cast: Victor Mature
Victor Mature
, Carole Landis
Carole Landis
Hal Roach, Hal Roach Jr.,


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Even taking into consideration Of Mice and Men, One Million BC was inarguably the most ambitious feature-film project ever undertaken by producer Hal Roach. Told in flashback, this is the highly fanciful tale of the prehistoric feud between the Rock Tribe and Shell People. Tumak (Victor Mature), son of Rock leader Akhoba (Lon Chaney Jr.), defies tradition by falling in love with Shell person Loana (Carole Landis). At first intending to "have his way" with Loana, the rough-hewn Tumak is taught such niceties as moderation and table manners by the girl and her gentle brethren. Any possibility for a permanant détente between the Rocks and the Shells is swept away by a spectacular volcano, which wipes out everyone except the people we really care about. Exercising the usual Hollywood prerogative of suggesting that cavemen and dinosaurs coexisted, One Million BC offers a vast array of awesome dinos, which at closer glance are actually normal-sized lizards going about their business on miniaturized sets; even so, the special effects were considered pretty impressive back in 1940, and still pass muster today despite Ray Harryhausen's slick "dynamation" remake in 1967. In fact, stock footage from One Million BC would be redeployed countless times in the future to enhance the production values of otherwise inexpensive horror films. Though it has since been disproven, rumors still persist that the great D. W. Griffith participated in the direction of One Million BC (it is true, however, that he aided Hal Roach in the casting process, selecting Carole Landis as the heroine because she was the only auditionee who could run properly!)

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2017
UPC: 0089859903021
Original Release: 1940
Source: Vci Video
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 21,354

Special Features

Commentary Track by film expert, Toby Roan; Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Mature Tumak
Carole Landis Loana
Lon Chaney Akhoba
John Hubbard Ohtao
Mamo Clark Nupondi
Nigel de Brulier Peytow
Mary Gale Fisher Wandi
Edgar Edwards Skakana
Inez Palange Tohana
Jacqueline Dalya Ataf
Conrad Nagel Narrator
Jimsy Boudwin Actor
Ed Coxen Actor
Kathy Frye Actor
Robert Kent Mountain Guide
Jean Porter Actor
Henry Sylvester Actor
Audrey Manners Actor
Betty Greco Actor
Norman Budd Rock person
Harry Wilson Rock person
Lorraine Rivero Rock person
Harold Howard Rock person
Ricca Allen Rock person
Adda Gleason Rock person
Ben Hall Shell person
Rosemary Theby Shell person
Chuck Stubbs Shell person
Hal Roach Singer

Technical Credits
Hal Roach Director,Producer
Hal Roach Director
George Baker Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Yakima Canutt Stunts
Bernard Carr Asst. Director
Joseph Frickert Screenwriter
Charles Hall Art Director
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Grover Jones Screenwriter
Mikell Novak Screenwriter
William Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Seawright Special Effects
Mickell Seltzer Screenwriter
Ray Snyder Editor
Walace L. Stevens Set Decoration/Design

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