One Million, B.C. (The Cave Dwellers)

BB

(out of 5)


Nothing like killing a giant lizard to really bring a family together. In this laughable adventure film, a prehistoric warrior () is ejected from his clan and eventually accepted into a community of more advanced, peaceful people. One lady in particular () takes a liking to him, so when Mature’s violent ways get him kicked out of this neighbourhood as well, she goes with him and follows him back to his much harsher tribe. An earthquake and a few fights with magically enlarged reptiles later, however, Landis is able to convince the lowly cro-Magnons to live in peace and harmony (and with less fighting over mastodon meat) as her people do. This 80-minute borefest features some pretty nifty visual effects, particularly the excellent miniatures, but its view of prehistoric life would have seemed ridiculous even at the time that it was made. The men sport short, shaggy hair and trimmed beards and the women wear tastefully cut, fashionable deerskin dresses; it looks more like a live-action episode of The Flintstones than Quest For Fire. Remade, quite famously, in the sixties with Raquel Welch.


Hal Roach Studios

USA, 1940

Directed by ,

Screenplay by , , , descriptive narration by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1940

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