One Million B.C. (1940)

80 mins | Drama | 5 April 1940

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HISTORY

According to news items in HR and NYT, D. W. Griffith worked as producer on this film but asked that his name be removed because of a disagreement with Hal Roach. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score and Best Special Effects. Actress Rosemary Theby's surname is spelled "Thebe" in the onscreen credits. According to a modern source, footage from this film was used in the 1950 film Two Lost Worlds. The picture was remade in 1967 as One Million Years B. C.. Twentieth Century-Fox released the remake, which was directed by Don Chaffey and starred Rachel Welch (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70). ...

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According to news items in HR and NYT, D. W. Griffith worked as producer on this film but asked that his name be removed because of a disagreement with Hal Roach. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score and Best Special Effects. Actress Rosemary Theby's surname is spelled "Thebe" in the onscreen credits. According to a modern source, footage from this film was used in the 1950 film Two Lost Worlds. The picture was remade in 1967 as One Million Years B. C.. Twentieth Century-Fox released the remake, which was directed by Don Chaffey and starred Rachel Welch (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Mar 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
16 Apr 1940
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 1939
pp. 5-6
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 1939
pp. 5-6
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
16 Apr 1940
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jan 1940
p. 48
Motion Picture Herald
13 Apr 1940
p. 40
New York Times
27 Apr 1940
p. 9
New York Times
21 Apr 1940
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Variety
1 May 1940
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Barnard Carr
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Pres
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
W. L. Stevens
Set dec
COSTUMES
Wardrobe supv
MUSIC
Mus score
Irving Talbot
Mus cond
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Addl narr
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 April 1940
Production Date:
began early Nov 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
12 April 1940
LP9549
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6079
SYNOPSIS

Trapped in a storm, a group of rock climbers seeks shelter in a cave, and there meet an elderly scientist, who tells them the story of the prehistoric carvings found on the cave walls. The carvings tell the story of a boy, Tumak, and a girl, Loana, from two different tribes. Tumak, a member of the brutal Rock tribe who rule by power and violence, wanders afield from the harsh cliffs of his land to the lush valleys of the gentle Shell people, where he is found by Loana. At first puzzled by the generosity of the Shell people, Tumak is able to repay their kindness by saving one of the Shell children from an attack by a ferocious dinosaur. However, when Tumak steals a spear from a member of the tribe, he is banished, and Loana leaves her people to accompany him. They return to Tumak's people, where Loana's gentleness sets an example that transforms the cruel nature of the Rock people. All is idyllic until a volcano erupts and traps Loana and the other members of the tribe in a cave guarded by a dinosaur. In order to save them, the Shell people join the Rock people, and during a fierce battle to kill the beast, the two tribes are ...

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Trapped in a storm, a group of rock climbers seeks shelter in a cave, and there meet an elderly scientist, who tells them the story of the prehistoric carvings found on the cave walls. The carvings tell the story of a boy, Tumak, and a girl, Loana, from two different tribes. Tumak, a member of the brutal Rock tribe who rule by power and violence, wanders afield from the harsh cliffs of his land to the lush valleys of the gentle Shell people, where he is found by Loana. At first puzzled by the generosity of the Shell people, Tumak is able to repay their kindness by saving one of the Shell children from an attack by a ferocious dinosaur. However, when Tumak steals a spear from a member of the tribe, he is banished, and Loana leaves her people to accompany him. They return to Tumak's people, where Loana's gentleness sets an example that transforms the cruel nature of the Rock people. All is idyllic until a volcano erupts and traps Loana and the other members of the tribe in a cave guarded by a dinosaur. In order to save them, the Shell people join the Rock people, and during a fierce battle to kill the beast, the two tribes are united.

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GENRE
Genre:


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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