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Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)

A spaceship crashes upon an unexplored planet, and the rescuers sent to search for survivors discover that decades have passed due to time dilation.


Arthur C. Pierce


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Corey ... Adm. David King
Keith Larsen ... Cmdr. Scott
John Agar ... Dr. Farrell
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Lt. Red Bradley
Merry Anders ... Lt. Karen Lamont
Stuart Margolin ... Chief
Robert Ito ... Tang (as Roberto Ito)
Kam Tong ... Jung
Todd Lasswell Todd Lasswell ... Lt. Charles Anderson - Tang's Father (as Todd Laswell)
Ron Stokes Ron Stokes ... Sgt. Allen
Adam Roarke ... Harris
Paul Hampton ... Wilson
Sally Frei Sally Frei ... Sally
Suzie Kaye Suzie Kaye ... Ens. Stevens
Ronald Lyon Ronald Lyon ... Sgt. Nevins (as Ron Lyon)


A space ship crash lands on the third planet of a distant solar system, killing all hands except for a young boy named Tang. The rescue ship arrives some 20 years later. One of the crew, a girl named Linda meets Tang and falls in love with him. They are attacked by the native humanoids of the planet and many of them are killed off. Also, the crew encounters many strange beasts on this strange, but somewhat familiar world. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Release Date:

15 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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The Prehistoric Planet See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Robert Ito. See more »


Uniform shoulder boards appear to be those of officers of the Navy Medical Corps. See more »


[last lines]
Adm. David King: Mr. Scott, make an entry in the ship's log. On this day, the command ship Cosmos 1 is retiring from the third planet of the Solaris system. As this planet was heretofore unknown, we'll enter its location in the galactic record. From this day forward, the third planet of Solaris will be known as the Blue Planet. We designate it Planet... Earth.
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Look it's a lady Remington …. Fakey
28 June 2006 | by CelluloidRehabSee all my reviews

Somewhere in space, where no one can hear you scream, the Cosmos 1 is heading off to somewhere else. The crew have been on this 6 month mission. They are an advanced space faring race with their futuristic lockers and guitar-looking radar wall screen and the tendency to do space/time conversion formulas. Somewhere else another space vessel, Cosmos 3, has problems. The ship and crew are being held hostage by Centaurians (think of Klingons without the brown paint and sash, but all Asian) and because of it they crash onto a "prehistoric" planet.

The commander of Cosmos 1, Admiral King (played by the walking corpse of the late Wendell Corey), disobeys orders and goes on a rescue mission to Solaris.

3 months later .....

Cosmos 1 arrives at the planet, where 18 years have gone by. A rescue party is sent down, lead by Commander "I don't like Centaurians" Scott with Dr. Farrell (played by the incomparable John Agar), Lt."Why won't he shut up" Bradley, Stuart Margolin as the Chief and some nobody who's expendable (think of the red shirt security officers from the original Star Trek series). At the same time, Linda (Irene Tsu) escapes to the planet to stretch her legs.

On the "prehistoric" planet below, they find the crash site and the lone survivor; a Centaurian named Tang (Robert Ito). The rest of the movie is just a "stew" containing paper machete sets, stock footage of an iguana, a rubber iguana on fire, a sock-like jumping tree snake, a hopping spider plush toy, animal cruelty towards a chimpanzee (Teeko), stock footage, the admiral's slurred confused alcoholic rants and a trio of cavemen brutes. We top this with scenes upon scenes of the lecherous, chauvinistic, sexual harassing, karate practicing Lt. Bradley (who never shuts up). Visualize the Watney Smith character from Outlaw of Gor .... CABOT !!

Though the budget of the movie (and by proxy the intelligence of the write/director) was low, the movie still manages to be infused with a thought provoking plot about race relations, cultural differences, not being understood, being different, going through turmoil and finding a resolution. As a rule, you probably won't need more than 5 or 6 shots of SoCo to be able to see this.

You will probably recognize some of the actors. They had long and fulfilling careers, but you would not have bet on that after seeing this movie. Riveting performances like "crossing the log when we could go around or jump over the liquid" scene and Irene Tsu's unforgettable banana scene. This scene is both erotic, inappropriate and confusing (the skin of the banana ,and by proxy the banana itself, is bite-proof, yet not peel proof). Robert Ito's "hopping" interpretation of Tang will haunt me for the rest of my days.

I highly recommend this movie if you are not alone, not on any sleep inducing medication nor in possession of a dissection kit and are watching the MST3k version of this movie. In my final thoughts I noticed a similarity between this movie and another MST alumni, The Clonus Horror. Now to a bit of SAT deja vu :

The Clonus Horror is to The Island as The Women of the Prehistoric Planet is to ….

a) Star Trek

b) Star Wars

c) None of the above

d) Battlestar Galactica

.... for those even remotely interested the answer will be in my next review.

-Celluloid Rehab

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