1969 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth - 1969

A Hammer Film production released by Warner Brothers 

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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 Recording 

Made at Shepperton Studios Limited, Shepperton, Middlesex, England and on location in the Canary Islands 

Technicolor 100 mins 


As a portion of the Sun breaks away to form the Moon, creating a fiery ball which causes violent upheavals on earth, Sanna, a beautiful young maiden of the primitive Rock Tribe, escapes the sacrifice for which she has been prepared and is swept out to sea by tremendous winds. She is eventually rescued by Tara, a fisherman of the Sand tribe, but her troubles are only just beginning. For Tara's woman, Ayak, jealously provokes her people against Sanna, who flees into the wilderness and finds shelter in the egg of a dinosaur.....

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Production Manager Christopher Sutton
Editor Peter Curran
Art Director John Blezard
Assistant Director John Stoneman
Continuity Josephine Knowles
2nd Unit Cameraman Johnny Cabrera
2nd Unit Continuity Susanna Merry
Construction Manager Albert Blackshaw
Sound Recordist Kevin Sutton
Dubbing Editor Frank Goulding
Make-up Supervisor Richard Mills
Hairdressing Supervisor Joyce James
Wardrobe Master Brian Owen-Smith
Costume Designer Carl Toms
Special Effects Allan Bryce, Roger Dicken and Brian Johncock
Special Visual Effects by Jim Danforth
Director of Photography Dick Bush
Music and Special Musical Effects Composed by Mario Nascimbene
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Written for the screen by Val Guest
Treatment by J.B. Ballard
Produced by Aida Young
Directed by Val Guest


Sanna Victoria Vetri
Tara Robin Hawdon
Kingsor Patrick Allen
Ayak Imogen Hassell
Kano Sean Caffrrey
Ulido Magda Konopka
Khaku Drewe Henley
Ammon Patrick Holt
Yani Carol-Anne Hawkins 
Omah Maria O'Brien
Rock Girl Jan Rossini
Sand Mother Connie Tilton
Rock Mother Maggie Lynton
Fisherman Jimmy Lodge
Hunter Billy Cornelius
Hunter Ray Ford


The special effects for this film earned Hammer their one and only Academy Award Nomination.
Victoria Vetri was another of those curvaceous young beauties whom Hammer appeared to be grooming for stardom. Again, though, like so many others she seems to have disappeared without trace after this film.
 Actor Patrick Allen was well known to TV audiences for his role in the ITV drama series "Crane". His films include the Planet Films sci-fi thriller "Night of the Big Heat" (1967, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee).

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