One Million Years B.C. (1966)

One Million Years B.C. (1966), directed by Don Chaffey.

When you see a smoking volcano in a caveman-and-dinosaurs picture, it had better erupt with big lava flows before the end or there is going to be trouble in the theater. No problem here: it looks like the end of the world when the mountain explodes.

An adventure fantasy probably intended for young people, this is worth reviewing because:

Welch had just done Fantastic Voyage (1966), but it was a dramatic photo and poster that made her a worldwide sensation:

She was on location in the spectacularly primeval-looking Canary Islands for weeks and did not know she had become a famous sex symbol until she returned home.


Finally, something to think about: in comparing the brutish Rock Tribe with the more advanced and pleasant Shell Tribe, we gather that caveman utopia is just being with people you can trust. This is probably the key component of Utopia in all ages.

Available on Blu-ray from Kino: both the US and International versions on separate discs. The US edition cut 9 minutes, partly for running time, but also to shorten some violent sequences and one sexy dance by Beswick.

A film scholar gives a very good commentary track, both loaded with production details and unexpectedly insightful about the differences between the two tribes.