Monday, May 13, 2013

ONE MILLION B.C. / Hal Roach Studios - 1940

It's Monsterous Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We gots an ambitious little flick from the LITTLE RASCALS gang that played quite a bit on TV in the fifties, stars Victor Mature and Lon Chaney, Jr. Lon was unable to use his own make up creation for his character because of Cosmetician's Union rules. Parts showing the dinosaurs fighting, etc., were reused in VALLEY OF THE DRAGONS in 1961.

Eegah!! sent over a musical soundclip from this flick, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the invisible force field, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... ONE MILLION B.C!

The movie begins when a group of hikers seek shelter in a cave during a storm, and, it just so happens that there's an archaeologist already in the cave, so, he tells them a story he perceived from drawings on the walls made by ancient cavemen!

The Story's about Tumak, member of the prehistoric Rock tribe. After he's exiled from his tribe, he's injured and falls into a river where he makes his way to the peaceful Shell tribe. There, he meets Loana, who nurses him back to health.

There are plenty of Mastadons and giant lizards to keep the action moving briskly along. Again, though, those poor reptiles were basically tortured in a lot of the scenes, in the name of realism, sad...

Hey, the very first whack-a-mole!!

Tumak is never without his trusty spear!

A classic portrait of Dungeon pal, Lon!

What prehistoric flick wouldn't be complete without an over-active volcano?!..

In order to kill a dinosaur, you have to be smarter than a dinosaur, so, be vewy vewy quiet, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!.. Oh, and, walk this way.

Now, there's plenty of giant lizard meat for everyone, dig in!!

A textbook example of a storybook ending.

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