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One Million B.C. (1940) DVD

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One Million B.C. (1940)


 Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach


 Mickell Novack (original screenplay), George Baker(original screenplay)


 Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr. 
Even taking into consideration Of Mice and MenOne 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!)
Here is the link to the movie at the Internet Movie database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032871/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_40

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  1. Victor Mature and Carole Landis - Must See 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Mar 16th 2017

    The best of the early cave man ( and women )adventures. I like this version better than Raquel's.

  2. Uniquely Entertaining 4 Star Review

    Posted by on May 17th 2016

    Prehistoric cavemen movies are pretty rare. This one is a gem. The special effects are terrific and so is Victor Mature. It even has a great moral lesson to impart. I liked this one better than the remake, One Million Years B.C.

  3. Terrific entertainment. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Oct 19th 2015

    For an enjoyable movie of early mans survival this is a must see film.

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