1966 One Million Years BC

One Million Years BC - 1966

A Hammer Film production presented by Associated British Pathe Limited and released through Warner-Pathe Distributors Limited (UK) and Twentieth Century-Fox (USA)

Copyright MCMlXVl Hammer Film Productions Ltd, - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound System 

Made at the Eistree Studios of Associated British Productions Ltd Herts, England 

Technicolor 100 mins


In a time at the very dawn of history, man is not much more than a primitive savage struggling to eke out an existence in the harsh; volcanic landscape; it is a time when huge dinosaurs roam the earth (!) and man is not only the hunter but also the hunted. Against this backdrop, Tumak, the son of the leader of the Rock tribe, battles with his brother Sakana and is banished into the desert. Somehow surviving the rigours of the wilderness, he reaches the shore of a great ocean and there he joins the Shell tribe, a peaceful, more advanced people, and meets the beautiful Loana.....

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Art Director Robert Jones
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager John Wilcox
Editor Tom Simpson
Assistant Director Denis Bertera
Continuity Gladys Goldsmith and Marjory Lavelly
Second Unit Cameraman Jack Mills
Assistant Art Director Kenneth McCallum Tait
Special Effects George Blackwell
Sound Editors Roy Baker and Alfred Cox
Sound Mixers Len Shilton and Bill Rowe
Recording Director A.W. Lumkin
Make-up Supervisor Wally Schneiderman
Hairdressing Supervisor Olga Angelinetta
Wardrobe Mistress Ivy Baker
Costume Designer Carl Toms
Prologue Designed by Les Bowie
Camera Operator David Harcourt
Director of Photography Wilkie Cooper
Music and Special Musical Effects Composed by Mario Nascimbene
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Special Visual Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen
Screenplay by Michael Carreras
Adapted from an original screenplay by Mickell Novak, George Baker and Joseph Frickert
Associate Producer Aida Young
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Don Chaffey


Loana Raquel Welch
Tumak John Richardson
Sakana Percy Herbert
Akhoba Robert Brown
Nupondi Martine Beswick
Ahot Jean Wladon
Sura Lisa Thomas
Tohana Malya Nappi
Payto William Lyon-Brown
Young Rock Man Richard James
1st Rock Man Frank Hayden
1st Shell Man Terence Maidment
1st Shell Girl Mickey de Rauch
Ullah Yvonne Horner


Billed as their 100th film, "One Million Years B.C." turned out to be Hammer's biggest money-spinner. It is a remake of the 1940 Hal Roach production "One Million B.C." (aka. "Man and his Mate"), hence the credit to the original screenwriters of that film.
Anachronistically placing man in a world still populated by dinosaurs, the film features the stop-animation effects of cinema wizard Ray Harryhausen and was nearly a year in production, thanks largely to his painstaking work as well as extensive location filming in the Canary Islands.

 Inspired in his youth by the genius of Willis O'Brien, the man who brought the original "King Kong" to life in 1933, Harryhausen's own creations include "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953). After that he worked mainly with producer Charles H. Schneer on "It Came from beneath the Sea" (1955), "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" (1956), "20 Million Miles to Earth" (1957), "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958), "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver" (1960), "Mysterious Island" (1961), "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), "First Men in the Moon" (1964), "The Valley of Gwangi" (1969), "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" (1973), "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" (1977) and "Clash of the Titans" (1981).

 Hammer needed a director experienced in filming actors doing battle with thin air (the dinosaurs were of course added later) and therefore had no difficulty choosing Don Chaffey, who had directed "Jason and the Argonauts". Chaffey returned to Hammer later in 1966 to direct "The Viking Queen" and again in 1971 for "Creatures the World Forgot". 

After their success with Ursula Andress, Hammer adopted a policy of trying to nurture the talents of largely unknown, beautiful young actresses, not always successfully. With this film, however, they managed to catapult Raquel Welch into the cinematic firmament (with a little help from that prehistoric designer bikini, of course!).

 Actress Martine Beswick had appeared in the James Bond film "From Russia with Love" (1963) and later starred in Hammer's "Slave Girls" (1968). However, her best role for them was to come in 1971, when she played the female half of the mad scientist in "Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde".

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection