One Million B.C. (1940)

80m, 6979 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording), English

An American fantasy film directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr.

Plot Summary

Caveman Tumak is exiled from the Rock Tribe and falls in with the more advanced Shell people, forming a bond with Loana. Together they need to unite their tribes to better survive the prehistoric creatures that surround them and an erupting volcano.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Hal Roach presents. Released through United Artists
Assistant Director: Bernard Carr
Original Screen Play by: Mickell Novak, George Baker, Joseph Frickert
Descriptive Narration by: Grover Jones
Director of Photography: Norbert Brodine
Edited by: Ray Snyder
Music Score by: Werner R. Heymann
Sound Recording by: William Randall
Wardrobe Supervision: Harry Black
Photographic Effects: Roy Seawright
Art Direction: Charles D. Hall
Associate [Art Director]: Nicolai Remisoff
Set Decorations: W.L. Stevens [real name: William L. Stevens]

Victor Mature (Tumak)
Carole Landis (Loana)
Lon Chaney Jr (Akhoba)
Conrad Nagel (narrator)
Mamo Clark [Nupondi] *
Nigel De Brulier [Peytow] *
Mary Gale Fisher [Wandi] *
Edgar Edwards [Srakana] *
Inez Palange [Tohanan] *
Conrad Nagel [archaeologist] *
John Hubbard [Ohtao] *
Jacqueline Dalya [Ataf] *

Alternative Titles

1.000.000 hronia p.H. – Greek title
Anul 1.000.000 înaintea erei noastre – Romanian title
Battle of the Giants – alternative title
The Cave Dwellers – UK title
Cave Man – US re-release title
El despertar del mundo – Mexican, Peruvian title
O Despertar do Mundo – Brazilian title
En försvunnen värld – Swedish title
Hace un millón de años – Spanish title
Man and His Mate – UK, working title
Um Milhão de Anos Antes de Cristo – Brazilian, Portuguese title
Milion lat przed nasza era – Polish title
Millionen Jahre zurück – Austrian title
Øglernes Kamp – Danish title
Het Recht van de sterkste – Dutch title
De strijd om het leven – Flemish Belgian title
Sul sentiero dei mostri – Italian title
Tumak – luolaihminen – Finnish title
Tumak, der Herr des Urwalds – West German title
Tumak, fils de la jungle – French, French Belgian title

Extracts included in
The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984)
Aventura al centro de la tierra (1965)
The Costume Designer (1950)
Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970)
The Incredible Petrified World (1959)
Jungle Manhunt (1951)
King Dinosaur (1955)
One Million AC/DC (1969)
Robot Monster (1953)
She Demons (1958)
Space Ship Sappy (1957)
Tarzan korkusuz adam (1974)
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)
Teenage Cave Man (1958)
Two Lost Worlds (1951)
Untamed Women (1952)
Valley of the Dragons (1961)

See also
One Million AC/DC (1969)
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
When Ruled the Earth (1970)



  • Filmfax no.48 (January/February 1995) pp.32-36 – illustrated article (Long, long ago before Jurassic Park by Stuart Galbraith IV)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.10 no.112 (April 1943) p.41 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Positif no.160 (June 1974) p.34 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.35 no.1 (Winter 1965/1966) p.48 – review
  • Starburst no.70 (June 1984) p.30 – note
  • Today's Cinema vol.60 no.4855 (23 March 1943) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.72 no.5773 (4 March 1949) – credits, review