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Teenage Cave Man (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | July 1958 (USA)
A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

R. Wright Campbell (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... The Symbol Maker's Teenage Son
Darah Marshall Darah Marshall ... The Blond Maiden
Leslie Bradley ... The Symbol Maker
Frank DeKova ... The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Member of the Tribe
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... The Symbol Maker's Wife
Jonathan Haze ... The Curly-Haired Boy
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Fair-Haired Boy / Man from Burning Plains / Tom-Tom Player / Bear
Ed Nelson ... Blond Tribe Member
Robert Shayne ... The Fire Maker
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... Member of the Tribe
Joseph Hamilton ... Member of the Tribe (as Joseph H. Hamilton)
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Storyline

Robert Vaughn stars as a white 25-year-old teenage caveman with styled hair who seeks to discover what is in the uncharted jungles beyond his tribe's campsite. It is against the Word (and the Word is the Law), but he breaks it anyway. Soon he discovers a strange creature which kills with its touch. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Prehistoric Lovers Against Primitive Beasts! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prehistoric World See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Malibu Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During filming Robert Vaughn cut his foot when he stepped on a broken glass bottle which caused him to miss several days of filming. Another day he was bitten by one of the dogs. Again sending him to a medical clinic. See more »

Goofs

Although they are supposed to be "cave men," the men have combed hair and are cleanly shaven. See more »

Quotes

The Symbol Maker: [speaking to his woman] Where's the boy?
[she points her finger out there]
The Symbol Maker: Beyond the river?
[he walks away]
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Will appeal to bad-movie fans
27 April 2017 | by jcorelis-24336See all my reviews

Roger Corman has directed over fifty films (and at age ninety is still active as of this writing as a producer,) some of them, recognized classics of the B-movie genre, such as The Little Shop of Horrors, Bloody Mama, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and the series of Poe-inspired horror movies featuring Vincent Price, but many others so quickly and cheaply made that they are esteemed as classics of the "so-bad-it's good" genre.

This film is firmly in the latter category. Teenage Caveman, obviously made to take advantage of the 1950s brief fad for "I was a teen-age ..." films, is notable mostly for starring Robert Vaughn in what he said was the worst film he ever made. Production values are minimal -- I've seen worse, but not often -- the cast members look more like they belong in a 1950s TV ad for vacuum cleaners than in the Upper Paleolithic, and the acting, if it is no worse than you would expect in a high school play, is not any better. In short, this will appeal to bad movie fans and not to many others.

Probably properly a one or two star movie, but give it an extra star for the camp value.


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