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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Directed by

Robert Jones
James Needs
John Wilcox
Tom Simpson
Denis Bertera
Gladys Goldsmith and Marjory Lavelly
Jack Mills
Kenneth McCallum Tait
George Blackwell
Roy Baker and Alfred Cox
Len Shilton and Bill Rowe
A.W. Lumkin
Wally Schneiderman
Olga Angelinetta
Ivy Baker
Carl Toms
Les Bowie
David Harcourt
Wilkie Cooper
Mario Nascimbene
Philip Martell
Ray Harryhausen
Michael Carreras
Mickell Novak, George Baker and Joseph Frickert
Aida Young
Michael Carreras
Don Chaffey


Young Rock Man
1st Rock Man
1st Shell Man
1st Shell Girl

Raquel Welch
John Richardson
Percy Herbert
Robert Brown
Martine Beswick
Jean Wladon
Lisa Thomas
Malya Nappi
William Lyon-Brown
Richard James
Frank Hayden
Terence Maidment
Mickey de Rauch
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