Hammer’s 100th Film

One Million Years B.C.

On its release early in 1967, 'One Million Years B.C.' was proudly publicised by Hammer as their 100th film. If you've ever tried to verify this assertion you've probably run into trouble. At last, I can reveal all! At the time, this puzzled me also, so I wrote to the Company, shortly after its release, and asked them. Their response was to send me a list of their productions, which justifies their claim.

The trick is to ignore their 1930's films, all three 'Dick Bartons' and to number their featurettes separately from their feature films. There are probably some more slight discrepancies from any other list you might have (notably the omission of 'Don't Panic, Chaps!'), but the following is the list which Hammer themselves used to calculate 'One Million Years B.C.' as their 100th film.

This is the list Hammer sent me to justify their claim:

 
 

1935

Ignore The Mystery of the Marie Celeste

1936

Ignore Song of Freedom

1948

Ignore Dick Barton Sp. Agent

1949

1. Doctor Morelle & the Missing Heiress
Ignore Dick Barton Strikes Back
2. Adventures of PC 49
3. Celia
4. Meet Simon Cherry

5. The Man in Black
6. Room to Let
7. Someone at the Door

1950

8. What the Butler Saw
Ignore Dick Barton at Bay
9. The Lady Craved Excitement

10. The Black Widow
11. The Rossiter Case
12. To Have and to Hold
13. The Dark Light

1951

14. Cloudburst
15. A Case for P.C. 49
16. Death of an Angel
17. Whispering Smith Hits London
18. The Last Page

19. Wings of Danger
20. Stolen Face
21. Never Look Back

1952

22. Lady in the Fog
23. The Gambler and the Lady
24. Mantrap
25. The Four-Sided Triangle
26. The Flanagan Boy
27. Spaceways

1953

28. The Saint's Return
29. Blood Orange
30. 36 Hours
31. Face the Music
32. The House Across the Lake
33. Life with the Lyons
34. Murder by Proxy
35. Five Days

 

1954

36. The Stranger Came Home
37. Third Party Risk
38. Mask of Dusk
39. Men of Sherwood Forest
40. The Lyons Abroad
41. The Glass Cage
42. Break in the Circle
43. The Quatermass Xperiment


1955

44. Women Without Men
Ignore Cyril Stapleton and the Showband (F1)
Ignore
 Just for You (F2)
Ignore 
The Right Person (F3)
Ignore
 The Eric Winstone Band Show (F4)
Ignore
 Parade of Bands (F5)
Ignore A Man on the Beach (F6)
Ignore
 Dick Turpin - Highwayman (F7)
Ignore
 Stagecoach (F8)
Ignore
 The Edmundo Ros Half-Hour (F9)
Ignore
 Copenhagen (F10)

 

1956

45. X - The Unknown
46. Quatermass II
47. The Steel Bayonet
48. The Curse of Frankenstein
Ignore
 Day of Grace (F11)

1957

49. The Abominable Snowman
50. The Camp on Blood Island
51. The Snorkel
52. Dracula ('Horror of Dracula')
53. The Revenge of Frankenstein
Ignore Clean Sweep(F11)
Ignore Danger List (F12)
Ignore Man with a Dog (F13)
Ignore Operation Universe (F14)
Ignore The Seven Wonders of Ireland (F15)
Ignore Italian Holiday (F16)
Ignore 'Tales of Frankenstein' (TV Pilot)

1958

54. Ten Seconds to Hell
55. I Only Arsked!
56. The Hound of the Baskervilles
57. The Man Who Could Cheat Death

1959

58. Yesterday's Enemy
59. The Mummy
60. The Ugly Duckling
61. The Stranglers of Bombay
62. Never Take Sweets From a Stranger
63. Hell is a City
64. The Two Faces of Dr. Jeckyll
Ignore Ticket to Happiness (F18)

1960

65. The Brides of Dracula
66. The Terror of the Tongs
67. Visa to Canton (Passport to China)
68. The Full Treatment (Stop Me Before I Kill)
69. Sword of Sherwood Forest
70. Curse of the Werewolf
71. Weekend with Lulu
72. Taste of Fear (Scream of Fear)
73. Shadow of the Cat*
*(a strange inclusion, this one, as it does not normally appear on lists of Hammer films)

1961

74. Watch it, Sailor!
75. Cash on Demand
76. The Damned (These are the Damned)
77. Pirates of Blood River
78. Captain Clegg (The Night Creatures)
79 The Phantom of the Opera
Ignore Highway Holiday (F19)

1962

80. The Old Dark House
81. Maniac
82. Paranoiac
83. Kiss of the Vampire
84. Nightmare

1963

85. The Scarlet Blade (The Crimson Blade)
87. The Devil Ship Pirates
88. The Evil of Frankenstein
89 The Gorgon

1964

90. Hysteria
91. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
92. The Secret of Blood Island
86.** She
93. Fanatic (Die, Die, My Darling!)
94. The Brigand of Kandahar
** I know - but this is exactly as listed by Hammer

1965

95. The Nanny
96. Dracula - Prince of Darkness
97. Rasputin - the Mad Monk
98. The Plague of the Zombies
99. The Reptile

 

100. One Million Years B.C

So there you have it - the rather arguable basis for the film's publicity - Phil Alexander