Teenage Cave Man (1958)

35mm film, black and white, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Roger Corman.

Plot Summary

A teenage caveman decides to break the strict legal code of his tribe by exploring the uncharted jungles that surround his village. He battles a monstrous creature that kills by touch – but is the creature quite what it seems?


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
© 1958 Malibu Productions
An American-International picture
Executive Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Roger Corman
Production Manager: Maurice Vaccarino
Screenplay by: R. Wright Campbell
Assistant Director: Jack Bohrer
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Film Editor: Irene Mora
Music by: Al Glasser
Sound: Herman Lewis
Recorded by: Ryder Sound Services, Inc.
Costumer: Margo Corso
Beastman Costume Designer: Paul Blaisdell *
Dinosaur Sequences: Ellis Burman *, Roy Seawright *
Title Design: Bill Martin
Property Master: Karl Brainard
Locations: Arcadia, California, USA *; Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA *; Bronson Caverns, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA *; Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA; Bronson Canyon, Hollywood, California, USA *

Robert Vaughn [the symbol maker's teenage son]
Darah Marshall [the blonde maiden]
Leslie Bradley [the symbol maker]
Frank De Kova [the black-bearded one]
Charles Thompson [member of the tribe]
June Jocelyn [the symbol maker's wife]
Jonathan Haze [the curly-haired boy]
Beach Dickerson [fair-haired boy/man from burning plains/tom-tom player/bear]
Ed Nelson [blond tribe member]
Robert Shayne [the keeper of the small fire]
Marshall Bradford [member of the tribe]
Joseph H. Hamilton [member of the tribe]
Barboura Morris [young female tribe member] *

Alternative Titles

El adolescente de las cavernas – Venezuela
Adolescente delle caverne – Italy
Out of the Darkness
Prehistoric World
Teenage Caveman
– alternative spelling

Teenage Caveman (2001)

Includes extracts from
One Million B.C. (1940)
The She-Creature (1956)



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