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movies about robots, cyborgs, computer geeks, the internet,
artificial intelligence, and-or alternate/quantum realities

Robbie the Robot, from 'Forbidden Planet' [1956]             here on page 1:

brief history


famous film & TV robots

books & other media

non-fiction movies & TV

selected movies & TV

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            A.I. experiment Ava, from 'Ex Machina' [2015]

"In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization."
scientific visionary Nikola Tesla [1856-1943]

          Automatons - self-operating machines - existed or were merely dreamt of as far back as the Ancient Greeks (VIIIth Century BCE) and Ancient China (IIId Century BCE). There are many accounts of mechanical humans and animals from Medieval Arabia, Italy, and China. Leonardo da Vinci sketched a 'mechanical knight' automaton around 1495 that was not rediscovered until the 1950s. Clockwork automatons were popular among the nobility of Europe and Japan during the XVIIIth & XIXth Century. The Golden Age of Automata produced many singing birds; collectors especially desire those made in Paris, France. Many automatons were exhibited as part of travelling shows, and simpler mechanical toys were marketed to the public. (Oddly, neither French author Jules Verne [1828-1905] nor American author Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950] seem to have written about automatons.)

          More recently, scientific visionary Nikola Tesla [1856-1943] demonstrated the first radio-controlled toy-sized mechanical boat in 1898, which he called a 'teleautomaton'. The 1921 stageplay "R.U.R." coined the term 'robot' (R.U.R. stands for manufacturer Rossum's Universal Robots, based on the Czech word for slave). Westinghouse Electric exhibited the Elektro robot at the 1939 World Fair, and added his robot dog Sparko at the 1940 fair.
          The first general-purpose electronic computer 'Whirlwind' was designed and built by M.I.T. in 1946 for the U.S. Navy. Walt Disney designed and built the 'animatronic' Abraham Lincoln for the 1964 World Fair; it sits and speaks and gestures and stands, and is a popular exhibit at Disneyland in California.
          Hundreds of variations on the robot concept are in use today, from industrial machines that weld cars or fill orders at Amazon's warehouses to cute toy pets from Japan that wag their tails and annoy the owner until 'fed'.

          Certain mechanical or android characters of the movies are well known — many of you will recognize their names: Gort, Robbie the Robot, HAL, C-3PO and R2-D2, RoboCop, Wall-E, Chappie. Recent motion pictures have been using C.G.I. - computer-generated imagery - since at least "TRON" in 1982. The combination of backlit photography, blue- and green-screen stages, 'droid' editing machines (with terabytes of data storage), and armies of technicians has allowed animation of everything from flying dragons to artificially intelligent actors to entire planets — the robots that you see on screen may not exist in reality, but they are probably brought into existence with the help of robots controlled by humans.

"The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do."
— American psychologist B.F. Skinner [1904-90]

L i n k s
search DVDs on keywords 'computer' and 'internet' at Amazon
About•Robots fansite [est. 2011]
Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair [], 115 E. Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan

'fictional robots' category index at Wikipedia
'fictional androids' category index at Wikipedia
'fictional artificial intelligences' category index at Wikipedia
'fictional computers' category index at Wikipedia
'fictional cyborgs' category index at Wikipedia

SciFlicks science fiction cinema

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Isaac Asimov Robot Mysteries Page
Spirit of America Bookstore's Robots & Cyborgs Pages
Spirit of America Bookstore's Science Fiction Page
Spirit of America Bookstore's Science Fiction Anthologies & Collections Page
Magic Lantern Video & Book Store's Science Fiction Film Festival Pages

Famous  Robots  &  Computers  on  Film & Television
The Robot Hall of Fame [est. 2003] at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Famous Robots and Cyborgs Encyclopedia book by Dan Roberts  "Famous Robots and Cyborgs: An Encyclopedia of Robots From TV,
Film, Literature, Comics, Toys, and More" [2014] by Dan Roberts

Kindle Edition from Skyhorse Publng [2/2014] for $9.99
Skyhorse Publng 8¼x5½ pb [2/2014] for $8.08
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Ash, the medic robot in "Alien"

Ava, the A.I. experiment from "Ex Machina" [2015]  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Robot B-9 starred in the "Lost In Space" TV series [1965-68]  click here for photograph (in a new window)

C-3PO and R2-D2, from "Star Wars"  click here for photograph (in a new window)


Lt. Cmdr. Data

Dogbot on the "Scooby-Doo" animated TV series
Dogbot page on Scoobypedia fansite

80s Robot [new 2011]  click here for photograph (in a new window)
created for the 2011 Muppets movie and used in the 2014 sequel; both voiced by Matt Vogel

"ELEKTRO The Smoking Robot!!! New York World's Fair" [1939]
watch color film clip [3:06] online at YouTube

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"Garco the Robot" [circa 1950s]  click here for photograph (in a new window) of Garco the Robot (sepia) circa 1953
Nameplate reads 'GARCO', logo on chest reads 'Garrett', apparently a division of Honeywell Aviation;
inventor & builder Harvey Chapman, Jr. controlled the machine thru its static base

not listed on credits of "Disneyland" TV episode "Mars and Beyond" [Dec 1957]  click here for photograph (in a new window) of Walt Disney and his 'robot friend' Garco, circa 1953
watch edited opening sequence [1:11] online at YouTube

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generic robot stock photo, used on many weblogs and also available as computer screen wallpaper  click here for photograph (in a new window)

"George the Robot" newsreel segment [British Pathé 1950]
watch newsreel clip [1:04] online at YouTube

Gort the Robot, from "The Day The Earth Stood Still" [1951]

the HAL-9000 computer, from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" [1968]

H.E.R.B.I.E. (Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics) from cartoon TV show 'Fantastic 4'   click here for image of H.E.R.B.I.E. robot from cartoon TV show 'Fantastic 4' (in a new window)
H.U.B.E.R.T. (Hyper-Ultronic Brain Employing Randomized Tracings) from cartoon TV show 'Fantastic 4'
S.H.E.R.B.I.E. (S.H.I.E.L.D. Heuristic Experimental Robot, B-Type, Integrated Electronics) from cartoon TV show 'Fantastic 4'

Iron Giant  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Katrina van Televox, the Westinghouse Electric Robot Servant [1930]  click here for newspaper 1930 ad for robot servant Katrina von Televox (in a new window)

"The Man From Planet X" [1951 movie]  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Maria the Machine, in Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece "Metropolis" [1927]  click here for b&w still photograph of Maria The Machine from Fritz Lang's 1927 silent masterpiece "Metropolis" (in a new window)

Mechagodzilla [1974-2003]  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Nestlé/Nescafé began using an interactive robot named Pepper to sell coffee machines in Japan in December 2014.  click here for photograph (in a new window)

Pris, the sex robot from "Blade Runner"  click here for color still photograph of Darryl Hannah as Pris the sex robot in 'Blade Runner' [1982] (in a new window)

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The Republic Robot  click here for photograph (in a new window)
B-studio Republic Pictures built at least four robot costumes for use in the 1936 serial "Undersea Kingdom"", where they were called Volkites; the robot was reused in "Mysterious Doctor Satan" [1940 serial], in "Radar Men From The Moon" [Jan 1952 serial], and in "Zombies of The Stratosphere" [July 1952 serial]. The robot was parodied in the in-story video-game "The Adventures of Captain Proton", which was often played by cast members of "Star Trek: Voyager" [1995-2001 TV show].

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Robbie the Robot, star of "Forbidden Planet" [1956] and "The Invisible Boy" [1957]




Books  &  Other  Media
The few books & games coded here were cut in late 2015 and merged into the Robots & Cyborgs Pages
at the Spirit of America Bookstore where they really belong.

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Non-Fiction  Movies  &  Television

History Channel / Modern Marvels / The Creation of The Computer  "Modern Marvels: Thinking Machines - The Creation of The Computer"
[History Channel Nov 1996]

Begins with Charles Babbage's mechanical Difference Engine in the 1820s; Herman Hollerith's punch-card tabulating machines of the 1890s; through the first vacuum-tube machines in World War II (Colossus and ENIAC); miniaturization enabled by the transistor, integrated circuit & microprocessor; to the beginnings of the personal computer revolution led by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates.
Season 4, Episode 5 aired November 1996; written by Donald Sellers; narrated by Earl Boen
A&E Home Video b&w/color DVD [12/2005] out of prodn/scarce
credits at IMDb
History Channel / Modern Marvels  "Modern Marvels : The Internet : Behind The Web" [History Channel © 2000]
First broadcast May 2001; also broadcast October 2002 (Season 9, Episode 48); narrated by Paul Horn; featuring Dr. Paul Baran, Tim Berners-Lee (of CERN), Dr. Vinton Cerf, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Frank Heart (of BB&N), Dr. Robert Kahn, Dr. Leonard Kleinrock, Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe, Dr. Lawrence Roberts, Peter Salvus, and Raymond Tomlinson • episode not listed at IMDb
A&E Home Video color VHS [2000?] out of prodn/scarce
watch full program [47:16] online at YouTube
History Channel / Modern Marvels / Computers  
"Modern Marvels: Computers" [History Channel April 2001]
Season 8, Episode 11 aired April 2001 • bare credits at IMDb
A&E Home Video b&w/color DVD [12/2005] out of prodn/used
A&E Home Video b&w/color VHS [6/2001] out of prodn/used

"Modern Marvels: The Computer" [History Channel Dec 2004]
Season 11, Episode 76 aired Dec 2004 • not listed on IMDb • VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available

History of the Internet article & speech by Leonard Kleinrock  "The History of The Internet and Its Flexible Future" [I.E.E.E. Feb 2008]
The 90-minute commemorative keynote speech delivered by internet pioneer Leonard
Kleinrock at the 2007 I.E.E.E. GlobeCom convention was recorded on video and an
abstract was published in I.E.E.E.'s journal in February 2008.

abstract text at the I.E.E.E. website (requires signin or payment)
DVD available at the I.E.E.E. Commmunications Society website
90-minute color DVD for $35 to members and for $50 to non-members

"The History Channel Presents: Robots" [1998]

"Androids and BOTS" [Jan 1998] episode /tt0126169/ of "Popular Mechanics for Kids"

"Transhumanism: Robots, Cyborgs and Artificial Intelligence" [2009]

"The Works: Robots" [History Channel 2010]

'Essential Robots Collection' DVD box set from Discovery Channel  "Essential Robots Collection" on DVD from Discovery Channel [2012]
226-minute Discovery Channel color DVD [7/2012] for $8.50
contains 4 hour-long TV shows, broadcast dates unknown, not listed at IMDb : "The Body, The City, The World"; "Next World: Future Intelligence"; "Extreme Machines: Incredible Robots"; and "Junkyard Mega Wars: At The Movies"

four Honda Asimo robots  
two NAO model V5 robots (colors for sale are blue & red; photos exist of all-white, black, gray, green & orange units)  
"The Most Awesome Robots" [June 2014]
color promotional footage of ten existing commercial and experimental robots in Japan and U.S.A.
watch full movie [37:11] online at YouTube

{starts 0:15} NAO next gen V5 23"-high robot from Aldebaran Robotics [est. 2005] of France & Boston - retail $9,500
Aldebaran entry at Wikipedia FranceNAO robot entry at Wikipedia
{starts 3:25} Honda's ASIMO 130 cm (4'3") tall humanoid service robot [launched 2000] - not yet for sale
official Honda / ASIMO websiteASIMO robot entry at Wikipedia
{starts 16:10} PETMAN & WildCat & LS3 & BigDog robots from Boston Dynamics - being built for DARPA & U.S. Marines
official company websitecompany entry at Wikipedia
BigDog military robot entry at WikipediaLS3 military robot entry at Wikipedia
{starts 20:35} Actroid humanoid animatronic robots [launched 2003] from SanRio Kokoro in Japan
official Kokoro Actroid websiteActroid robots entry at Wikipedia
{starts 24:35} atomic-powered 'Curiosity' rover on the planet Mars [mission launched 11/2011, landed 8/2012]
N.A.S.A./J.P.L./CalTech official Mars mission website'Curiosity' rover entry at Wikipedia
{starts 33:40} Bionic Kangaroo from Festo AG in Germany
BionicKangaroo at the company websiteBionicKangaroo entry at Wikipedia

official logo for National Geographic's 2015 featurette 'Robots 3D'  
ad for National Geographic's 2015 featurette 'Robots 3D'  

"Robots 3D" [National Geographic Studios June 2015]
40-minute featurette in IMAX format and stereoscopic 3-D
Presented by Lockheed Martin; co-produced & co-written by Jini Durr; co-written &
directed by Mike Slee; co-written by Richard Panek; narrated by actor Simon Pegg
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available (2017)
credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia {empty}
watch official trailers at YouTube: 5/2015 trailer [1:49] + short 7/2015 trailer [0:30]

Selected  Movies & Television
{ in chronological order }

search DVDs on keywords 'computer' and 'internet' at Amazon
search DVDs on keyword 'robot' at Amazon

Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film book by J.P. Telotte  "Replications: A Robotic History of The Science Fiction Film" [1995]
by J.P. Telotte

Univ Illinois Press 9x6 pb [9/95] for $20.00
Univ Illinois Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/95] out of print/used
Robots in Fiction and Films book by Steve Parker  "Robots In Fiction and Films" [ages 9 & up; 2010] by Steve Parker
Amicus Books 11¾x8¾ library hardcover [7/2010] for $28.50

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199020002010recentcoming soon

 DVD box set  "Deadly Dimensions 4 Movie Pack" DVD Box Set [2002]
B.C.I. / Eclipse color DVD set [12/2002] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
contains four feature films: "First Spaceship On Venus" [Germany Oct 1962] based on Stani-
slaw Lem's novel "The Astronauts", starring Guenther Simon & Yoko Tani; "They Came From
Beyond Space" [Embassy Pictures May 1967]; "War of The Robots" [Italy April 1978];
and "Star Odyssey" [Italy Oct 1979] Earth is attacked by robot androids
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"The Automatic Motorist" silent comedy short
[Kineto Films March 1911]
The Automatic Motorist 1911 silent comedy short film  Newlyweds hire a robot to drive them on their honeymoon and are taken on a wild ride; IMDb says the film ran ten minutes, but the longest version on YouTube is under 6½ minutes • Directed by Walter R. Booth {a remake of his 1906 film, with more impressive SFX) • bare credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch silent short [B.F.I. 11/2014 upload; 6:23] online at YouTube

"A Clever Dummy" [Keystone/Triangle July 1917]
A Clever Dummy 1917 silent short  An inventor creates a life-sized mechanical dummy (before the term 'robot' existed) that is modelled after the janitor; both the janitor and the inventor's assistant are in love with the inventor's daughter . . . • Written & produced by Mack Sennett; directed by Herman C. Raymaker, Ferris Hartman & Robert Kerr; starring Ben Turpin, Chester Conklin, Wallace Beery, James Donnelly, Juanita Hansen, Claire Anderson, James Delano
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [11/2008 upload; 22:40] online at Internet Archive
available on "The Turpinator" DVD with two other silent comedy short films
Alpha Home Ent. b&w silent DVD [8/2011] for $4.99

"The Master Mystery" 15-chapter silent serial
[Octagon Films 1919-1920]
poster for Chapter 11 of 'The Master Mystery' 15-chapter silent serial starring Harry Houdini  poster for Chapter 13 of 'The Master Mystery' 15-chapter silent serial starring Harry Houdini  15-chapter color-tinted silent serial; federal agent Quentin Locke investigates a criminal cartel using an automaton and poison gas; Chapter Titles: 1) Living Death; 2) The Iron Terror; 3) The Water Peril; 4) The Test; 5) The Chemist's Shop; 6) The Mad Genius; 7) Barbed Wire; 8) The Challenge; 9) The Madagascan Madness; 10) The Binding Ring; 11) The Net; 12) The Death Noose; 13) The Flash of Death; 14) The Tangled Web; 15) Bound At Last or The Unmasking of The Automaton; at present, 13 chapters exist at the U.C.L.A. Archive, chapters 4 & 10 are considered lost. • Produced by B.A. Rolfe; directed by Harry Grossman & Burton L. King; written by Arthur B. Reeve & Charles Logue; starring Harry Houdini, Marguerite Marsh, Ruth Stonehouse, Edna Britton, William Pike, Charles Graham, Jack Burns & Floyd Buckley {as Q the Automaton} • credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
Houdini: The Movie Star 3-disc Collection from Kino  "Houdini: The Movie Star - Three-Disc Collection" DVD Box Set [2008]
Kino Intl. DVD set [4/2008] 3 disks for $19.48
Contains one movie serial and three feature films: "The Master Mystery" color-tinted silent movie serial [1919]; "Terror Island" b&w silent feature [1920]; "The Man From Beyond" color-tinted silent feature [1922]; "Haldane of The Secret Service" color-tinted silent feature [1923]; special features include fragment from "The Grim Game" [1919]; 1914 audio recording of Houdini; film of escape performances by Houdini, Hardeen, and others [circa 1907-23]; records from the New York Censor Board; and the 1910 short French spoof "Slippery Jim"

"L'Uomo Meccanico (The Mechanical Man)" silent feature
[Milano Film Italy Nov 1921]
'The Mechanical Man' 1921 silent feature  A scientist creates a device shaped like a man that can be remote-controlled by an operator. Only about a third of the film exists, the DVD producer has cobbled together an outline of the plot (with new English intertitles) running maybe 30 minutes, half of which shows the quite scary robot in action • Written & directed by and starring André Deed; also starring Giulia Costa, Valentina Frascaroli, Mathilde Lambert, Gabriel Moreau, Ferdinando Vivas-May
Alpha Video Double Feature b&w DVD [9/2005] for $5.99 with "The Headless Horseman" [1922]
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch tinted video car-chase clip with electronic music [12/2007 upload; 1:18] online at YouTube
watch low-res silent video clip [12/2011 upload; 7:01] online at YouTube
includes same car-chase (untinted) plus banquet scenes and fight with second robot

Metropolis 1927 movie poster gold robot    "Metropolis" [U.F.A./Paramount Jan 1927 silent]   listed #8 on Timeout London's Best 100 Science Fiction Movies in 2015
Directed by Fritz Lang [1890-1976]

more details (synopsis, books, posters, DVDs & videos) on
Magic Lantern's "Metropolis" 1927 Movie Page

1 9 3 0 s   &   1 9 4 0 s

"Aesop's Sound Fables: The Iron Man" cartoon short
[Van Beuren Studios/Pathé April 1931]
Farmer Al Falfa dances with the Iron Man  A cat plays a street organ and clicks his teeth like a piano; Farmer Al Falfa chases two chickens up a tree; then a metal robot is delivered in a box and dances most elegantly; the usual non sequitur punchline at the end is: 2600 years ago Aesop said 'An oyster is a fish dressed up like a nut.' • Directed by Harry Bailey & John Foster
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDbwatch full cartoon [4/2016 upload; 7:20] online at YouTube

Bimbo in "The Robot" sound cartoon short
[Fleischer TalkarToons Feb 1932]
Bimbo in The Robot 1932 sound cartoon with Betty Boop & Bimbo  Probably made earlier, like 1930-31; Bimbo the Dog takes his girlfriend for a drive; she won't marry him unless he takes the prize money for beating boxer 'One Round Mike'; so he transforms his car into a robot (and the girl's face becomes more like Betty Boop) and he wins the boxing bout • Produced by Max Fleischer; directed by Dave Fleischer
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDb
watch full movie [10/2013 upload; 6:37] online at YouTube

"Mechanical Man" sound cartoon short
[Universal Pictures Feb 1932]
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 'Mechanical Man' 1932 cartoon short  Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his girlfriend play the piano together, then play hide-and-seek; mad scientist Pegleg Pete kidnaps Kitty because his mechanical man needs a human heart . . .; cartoon is public domain since 1960 • Produced & co-directed by Walter Lantz; co-directed by William Nolan
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbcartoon entry at Wikipedia
watch sharp b&w cartoon [6/2016 upload; 5:32] online at YouTube
watch sharp b&w cartoon [9/2015 upload; 5:57] online at YouTube
watch blurry b&w cartoon [7/2012 upload; 6:13] online at YouTube

"Mickey's Mechanical Man" sound cartoon short
[Walt Disney/United Artists June 1933]
title card for 'Mickey's Mechanical Man' 1933 Disney cartoon short  Mickey trains his robot Sam for the big fight against the gorilla Kongo Killer, but the robot keeps going berserk . . . • Produced by Walt Disney; directed by Wilfred Jackson
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
watch full b&w cartoon [10/2010 upload; 6:51] online at YouTube

"Bosko's Mechanical Man" sound cartoon short
[Warner Bros. Sept 1933]
Bosko's Mechanical Man  Honey compels Bosko to wash the dishes, and he breaks stacks of them; seeing a newspaper head-line about a household helper robot, he builds one of his own, which does not go as planned
Co-produced & directed by Hugh Harman; voices of Johnny Murray & Rochelle Hudson
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
watch full cartoon [10/2014 upload; 6:58] online at Internet Archive

"Gibel Sensatsii (Loss of Feeling)" [Soviet Union April 1935]
poster for Gibelh Sensatsii 1935 Russian sci-fi movie  In an unnamed English-speaking capitalist country, a young engineer invents inexhaustible giant robots to replace the fragile human workers on high-volume factory assembly lines, and soon finds his invention co-opted by the military-industrial complex • Directed by Aleksandr Andriyevsky; written by Georgiy Grebner; starring Sergei Vecheslov, Vladimir Gardin, M. Volgina, Anna Chekulaeva, Nikolai Rybnikov & Vasiliy Orlov
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
watch full movie - Russian-language, no subtitles [1:26:01] online at YouTube

Undersea Kingdom 12-episode 1936 serial  "Undersea Kingdom" 12-episode serial [Republic Pictures May 1936]
Heroic naval officer and star athlete Crash Corrigan and his fellow explorers voyage to lost Atlantis aboard Professor Norton’s rocket powered submarine and get caught up in the middle of a war between ruthless conqueror Unga Khan and Neptune’s high priest Sharad - a battle for the fate of the Undersea Kingdom; Chapter Titles: 1. Beneath The Ocean Floor; 2. Undersea Kingdom; 3. Arena of Death; 4. Revenge of The Volkites {robots}; 5. Prisoners of Atlantis; 6. Juggernaut Strikes; 7. Submarine Strikes; 8. Into The Metal Tower; 9. Death In The Air; 10. Atlantis Destroyed; 11. Flaming Death; and 12. Ascent To The Upperworld
Directed by B. Reeves Eason & Joseph Kane; written by Tracy Knight, John Rathmell, Maurice Geraghty & Oliver Drake; starring Ray 'Crash' Corrigan, Lois Wilde, Monte Blue, William Farnum, Boothe Howard, Raymond Hatton, C. Montague Shaw, Lee Van Atta, Smiley Burnette, Frankie Marvin, Lon Chaney Jr., Lane Chandler, Jack Mulhall, John Bradford, Malcolm McGregor, Ralph Holmes, John Merton, Ernie Smith, Lloyd Whitlock
Echo Bridge Home Ent, b&w DVD [2/2003] for $3.78
Grapevine Video b&w DVD [10/2016] 2 disks for $12.95
R.O.A.N. Group b&w DVD [1/2001] for $13.99
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
watch Chapter 1 [4/2011 upload; 30:49] online at YouTube {the other chapters follow}

"The Phantom Creeps" 12-chapter serial [Universal Pictures Oct 1939]
The Phantom Creeps 12-chapter serial starring Bela Lugosi  Dr. Zorka is intent on inventing weapons of mass destruction; a former partner tries to convince him to reveal his secrets to the U.S.A which brings in Capt. Bob West; Zorka gets tired of the interruptions and moves his lab; after his beloved wife gets killed, he decides to use his weapons and a giant robot to gain control of the world – and almost does so but for the ineptitude (or passive aggression) of his assistant Monk. Chapter Titles: 1. The Menacing Power; 2. Death Stalks The Highways; 3. Crashing Towers; 4. Invisible Terror; 5. Thundering Rails; 6. The Iron Monster; 7. The Menacing Mist; 8. Trapped In The Flames; 9. Speeding Doom; 10. Phantom Footprints; 11. The Blast; and 12. To Destroy The World; the serial was edited down to a 78-minute feature film and released under the same title. Directed by Ford Beebe & Saul A. Goodkind; starring Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Jean Drew, Edwin Stanley, Regis Toomey, Jack C. Smith, Edward Van Sloan, Dora Clement, Anthony Averill, Hugh Huntley, Monte Vandergrift, Frank Mayo, Eddie Acuff & Edward Wolff {as The Robot}
Whirlwind Media 265-minute serial b&w DVD [9/2000] out of prodn/many used
Vintage Home Ent. Collector's Edition 242-minute serial b&w DVD [1/2004] out of prodn/many used
V.C.I. Ent. 240-minute serial b&w DVD [2/2008]out of prodn/used
Alpha Home Ent. Complete Serial b&w DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $7.99
St. Clair Vision 75-minute feature b&w DVD [2/2004] for $5.98
Alpha Video 77-minute feature b&w DVD [2/2005] for $5.98
V.C.I. Video 265-minute serial b&w VHS [6/2002] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
Timeless Multimedia 265-minute serial b&w VHS [11/94] out of prodn/used
serial credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipediawatch feature version [1:18:20] free online at Internet Archive

"Mysterious Doctor Satan" 15-chapter serial [Republic Pictures Dec 1940]
Mysterious Doctor Satan 1940 15-chapter serial  Spanish-language poster for 'El Misterioso Doctor Satán' 1940 15-chapter serial  A mad scientist needs key technologies to replicate his protoype robot and conquer the world; originally written for Superman, but rights issues intervened, so enigmatic hero Copperhead got the job . . . Chapter titles: 1) Return of The Copperhead; 2) Thirteen Steps; 3) Undersea Tomb; 4) The Human Bomb; 5) Dr. Satan's Man of Steel; 6) Double Cross; 7) The Monster Strikes; 8) Highway of Death; 9) Double Jeopardy; 10) Bridge of Peril; 11) Death Closes In; 12) Crack-Up; 13) Disguised; 14) The Flaming Coffin; and 15) Dr. Satan Strikes; the Spanish-language release was called "El Misterioso Doctor Satán, o El Tanque Humano" (The Human Tank) • Directed by John English & William Witney; starring Eduardo Cianelli, Robert Wilcox, William Newell, C. Montague Shaw, Ella Neal, Dorothy Herbert, Charles Trowbridge, Jack Mulhall, Edwin Stanley, Walter McGrail, Joe McGuinn, Bud Geary, Paul Marion, Archie Twitchell, Lynton Brent, Ken Terrell, Al Taylor, Yakima Canutt; one of 26 Republic serials re-released as a feature film for television in 1966: title changed to "Doctor Satan's Robot" and cut down to 100-minutes in length
Republic Pictures Home Video b&w DVD-R [2/2015] for $11.99
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

Cartoon Craze / Superman / Mechanical Monsters on DVD  "Cartoon Craze Presents: Superman - The Mechanical Monsters" [1941-42]
includes nine "Superman" cartoons of good quality from 1941-42, four "Bosko" cartoons, two others; the color Superman short cartoons from Fleischer Studios and Paramount/Famous are: "Superman (Mad Scientist)" [9/1941], "The Mechanical Monsters" [11/1941], "Billion Dollar Limited" [1/1942], "The Bulleteers" [3/1942], "Electric Earthquake" [5/1942], "The Volcano" [7/1942], "Japoteurs" [9/1942], "Showdown" [10/1942], and "Destruction, Inc." [12/1942]
Digiview Ent. color DVD [2006] out of prodn/used

"The Monster and The Ape" 15-chapter serial [Columbia Pictures April 1945]
15-chapter serial 'The Monster and The Ape'  After a scientist unveils his new Metalogen Man, his assistants are killed by a gorilla named Thor and the robot stolen; Chapter Titles: 1. The Mechanical Terror; 2. The Edge of Doom; 3. Flames of Fate; 4. The Fatal Search; 5. Rocks of Doom; 6. A Friend In Disguise; 7. A Scream In The Night; 8. Death In The Dark; 9. The Secret Tunnel; 10. Forty Thousand Volts; 11. The Mad Pro-fessor; 12. Shadows of Destiny; 13. The Gorilla At Large; 14. His Last Flight; and 15. Justice Triumphs • Directed by Howard Bretherton; written by Royal K. Cole & Sherman L. Lowe; starring Robert Lowery, George Macready, Ralph Morgan, Carole Mathews, Willie Best, Jack Ingram, Anthony Warde, Ted Mapes, Eddie Parker, Stanley Price, Charles King, Bud Osborne, Kenneth MacDonald, Ray Corrigan {as Thor}, John Elliott, Kit Guard
Cheezy Media b&w DVD [7/2010] for $12.90
Cheezy Media b&w DVD [9/2013] for $4.00 + s/h from distributor
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

"The Perfect Woman" [G.F.D. UK May 1949]
'The Perfect Woman' 1949 British comedy film  A scientist creates 'the perfect woman', the beautiful robot Olga, in his laboratory; he hires a rogue and his valet to escort the machine for a night on the town; the scientist's niece decides to imitate the robot, and confusion ensues. • Co-written & directed by Bernard Knowles, co-written by George Black Jr. & Basil Boothroyd, based on the stageplay by Wallace Geoffrey & Basil Mitchell; starring Patricia Roc, Stanley Holloway, Nigel Patrick, Miles Malleson, Pamela Devis {as Olga the Robot}, Irene Handl, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Fred Berger, David Hurst, Jerry Verno, Johnnie Schofield, Philippa Gill, Jerry Desmonde, Dora Bryan, Noel Howlett
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
1 9 5 0 s   &   1 9 6 0 s

"The Man From Planet X" [March 1951] /tt0043778/

listed #31 on Timeout London's Best 100 Science Fiction Movies in 2015  "The Day The Earth Stood Still" [Fox Sept 1951]

"The Day The Earth Stood Still" remake [2008]

"Robot Monster" in 3-D [Astor Pictures June 1953] /tt0046248/
filmed in four days; awards include listing among The Fifty Worst Films of All Time
watch equally-terrible official trailer [3/2008 upload; 1:32] online at YouTube

"Devil Girl From Mars" [British Lion UK May 1954, USA April 1955]
Devil Girl From Mars 1954 British scifi B-movie  A female commander (dressed in shiny vinyl) is sent from Mars to London to capture males to prevent the dying of her race; her spacecraft collides with an airplane over Scotland and crash lands, so she and her robot Chandi try to recruit males at a local pub . . . • Directed by David MacDonald; screenplay by James Eastwood, based on the stageplay by himself & John C. Mather; starring Patricia Laffan {as alien Nyah}, Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, Adrienne Corri, Joseph Tomelty, John Laurie, Sophie Stewart, Anthony Richmond, James Edmond, Stewart Hibberd & Larry Aten {as robot Chandi}
Osiris Ent. b&w DVD-R [3/2010] for $6.98
DigiComTV b&w DVD [10/2016] for $12.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [2/2010 upload; 1:46] online at YouTube
watch full movie [9/2016 upload; 1:16:17] online at YouTube

"Gog" in 3-D [United Artists June 1954]
Gog 1954 robots movie in 3-D  Filmed in EastmanColor and NaturalVision 3-D in California (at George Air Force Base in Victorville, at U.S.C in Los Angeles, and at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City). A security agent arrives at a secret underground space research base to investigate possible sabotage. Scientists working on induced hibernation for space travel have been killed, apparently by two experimental robots acting independently, but then he discovers that the whole base is coordinated by a super-computer and there is a strange aircraft circling high overhead . . . Produced & co-written by Ivan Tors; directed by Herbert L. Strock; co-written by Tom Taggart & Richard G. Taylor; starring Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert Marshall, Billy Curtis {as Gog & Magog}, John Wengraf, Philip Van Zandt, Valerie Vernon, Stephen Roberts, Byron Kane, David Alpert, Michael Fox, William Schallert, Marian Richman, Jean Dean, Tom Daly
Kino Lorber 3-D color Blu-ray [3/2016] for $21.98
M.G.M. Home Video 2-D color DVD [11/2011] for $18.12
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Tobor The Great" [Republic Pictures Sept 1954]
'Tobor' is of course 'robot' spelled backward; the story is about a young boy who uses his E.S.P. skills to control a robot that was created by his wheel chair-bound uncle
and stolen by foreign agents – "and together they combat the forces of evil". The story was not developed further for the TV pilot and the pilot was not picked up.

Tobor The Great 1954 feature film  "A Man-Mad Monster With Every Human Emotion" • location filming at Griffith Park Observatory and at Iverson Movie Ranch; co-written & co-produced by Carl Dudley; directed by Lee Sholem; co-written by Philip MacDonald; starring Charles Drake, Karin Booth, Billy Chapin, Taylor Holmes, Steven Geray, J. Lewis Smith {as Tobor}, Henry Kulky, Franz Roehn, Hal Baylor, Peter Brocco, Jack Daly, Franklyn Farnum, Norman Field, Art Gilmore, Maurice Hill, Alan Reynolds, William Schallert, Robert Shayne, Charles Sherlock, Lyle Talbot, Emmett Vogan, Helen Winston
b&w DVD [8/00] for $0.00
LionsGate b&w DVD [5/2008] for $61.98 {sic}
LionsGate b&w VHS [11/89] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
'Here Comes Tobor And Other Lost Action Shows of The 1950s' on DVD  
"Here Comes Tobor and Other Lost Action Shows of The 1950s" on DVD [2008]
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [2/2008] for $5.98
NOTE: data on Amazon page is for a different DVD product: this single disk includes four
unsold ½-hour live-action TV pilots: "Captain Fathom" [1955], "Here Comes Tobor" [1957],
"Sea Divers" [1958], and "Counterspy" [1958]

"Roger The Robot" episode [1956] of the "Captain Z-Ro" TV series [1951-56]
'Roger The Robot' episode of the 'Captain Z-Ro' TV series  Captain Z-Ro and sidekick Jet complete building a man-sized metal & electronic robot, then send it to explore the planet Venus; but a lightning storm outside the lab diverts the robot to San Francisco . . . {An amazing job, given their next-to-nothing budget.} • Written by and starring Roy Steffens; directed by David Butler; also starring Bruce Haynes, and voices of Jack Cahill & H.A. Chamberlin
episode credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
watch full episode [8/2015 upload; 26:56] online at YouTube

Seven-foot-tall Robby the Robot was built by Robert Kinoshita; Robby starred in only two feature films (in 1956 & 1957), but was a popular
guest star on many television shows thru the 1980s; recent appearances have been on commercials broadcast on TV & internet.
credits listing at IMDbWikipedia

listed #20 on Timeout London's Best 100 Science Fiction Movies in 2015  "Forbidden Planet" feature film [M.G.M. March 1956]
Forbidden Planet starring Robby the Robot  Filmed in CinemaScope; a distant space colony goes silent and a starship crew is sent to investigate; they find only two survivors and a deadly secret . . . Directed by Fred M. Wilcox; screenplay by Cyril Hume, based on adaptation by Irving Block & Allen Adler of Wm. Shakespeare's 1611 stageplay "The Tempest"; narrated by Les Tremayne; with Frankie Darro uncredited as Robby the Robot & Marvin Miller uncredited as Robby's voice; starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, James Drury & James Best; Oscar nom for Best Special Effects (won by "Ten Commandments"}
Warner Home Video digitally-restored widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] for $9.29
Warner Home Video digitally-restored widescreen color DVD [12/2010] for $8.76
Warner Home Video color DVD [4/2000] for $14.99
Warner Home Video color VHS [8/94] for $7.00
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Invisible Boy" sequel [M.G.M. Oct 1957] /tt0050546/

Forbidden Planet/Invisible Boy 2-disc 50th Anniversary Edition on DVD & Blu-ray   "Forbidden Planet" Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition on DVD & Blu-ray
contains both digitally-restored "Forbidden Planet" and sequel "The Invisible Boy"; extras include theatrical trailers, outtakes, TV excerpts, 3 documentary featurettes, plus Richard Schickel's 2005 TV movie "Watch The Skies"
Warner Home Video 50th Anniv Edition widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] for $9.19
Warner Home Video 50th Anniv Edition widescreen color DVD [11/2006] 2 disks for $22.19

"Desk Set" [May 1957]
starring Tracy and Hepburn fighting over the company's new EMERAC computer

"Robot Rumpus" [Aug 1957] segment of "The Gumby Show" [NBC-TV 1956-68]
screen shot of title for 'Robot Rumpus' segment of 'Gumby Show' stop-motion TV show  Season 1, Episode 7: Pokey wants Gumby to play with him, so he suggests putting toy robots to work doing Gumby's yard chores . . . Produced, written & directed by Art Clokey, with Gloria Clokey
episode/segment credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
watch full segment [11:16] online at YouTube
"The Gumby Show: Complete 1950s TV Series" on DVD [2015]
NCircle Ent. re-mastered color DVD set [9/2015] 2 disks for $11.03

"Tetsujin Nijûhachi-go" TV series [Japan 1960] /tt3634076/

"Tetsujin Nijûhachi-go" TV series [Japan Oct 1963–66 ] /tt0142908/
96-episode Japanese-language version aired Oct 1963 to May 1966
based on "Tetsujin 28-go" [1956], a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama [1934-2004]

"Gigantor" TV series [1964-66] /tt0058807/
52-episode English-language version aired 1964-66 b&w pilot [11:58]

The 1967-68 TV series "Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot" was also created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, but was not a Gigantor story;
Johnny Sokko was an ordinary kid and the series had more fantasy elements.

"New Iron Man #28 (Shin Tetsujin-Nijuhachi-go)" TV series [Japan 1980–81]
51 color episodes

"The New Adventures of Gigantor" TV series [Sci Fi Channel 1993-97] /tt0458218/

In July 1994, Fox Family Films, a division of 20th Century Fox, acquired the rights to "Gigantor"
as a live-action motion picture that is still not produced.

"Tetsujin Nijûhachi-gô (Tetsujin 28)" TV series [2004] /tt1116638/

"Tetsujin Nijûhachi-gô (Tetsujin 28)" feature film [2006]

"Gigantor" (in development) /tt2091891/

"The Jetsons" animated TV sitcom [1962-63 and 1985 and 1987]
Animated TV series of 75 episodes that is essentially a sitcom about a family living in a distant future, featuring George & Jane Jetson, teen Judy Jetson, son Elroy
Jetson, Rosie the Robot Maid, and Astro the Dog; 24 episodes in the first season (Sept 1962 thru March 1963), 41 episodes in the second season (Sept-Dec 1985),
and ten episodes in the third season (Oct-Nov 1987), plus several feature-length releases
• no official website (2016) • 'The Jetsons' entry at Wikipedia

color title card for 'The Jetsons' tv show  Series produced & co-directed by Joseph Barbera & William Hanna; featuring voices of
George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Daws Butler, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Don Messick,
Jean Vander Pyl, Frank Welker, Howard Morris
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
"The Jetsons: The Complete First Season" [2004]
Turner Home Ent. color DVD [10/2004] 24 episodes on 4 disks for $23.87
"The Jetsons: Season 2, Volume 1" [2009]
Turner Home Ent. color DVD [6/2009] 21 episodes on 3 disks for $12.68
"The Jetsons: Season 2, Volume 2" [2011]
Turner Home Ent. color DVD [12/2011] 20 episodes on 3 disks for $29.99
"The Jetsons: The Complete Third Season" [2014]
Warner Archive Collection color DVD [5/2014] 10 episodes on 1 disk for $17.99

'The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones' video release  "The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones" video release [Hanna-Barbera Prodns Nov 1987]
Elroy invents a time machine that malfunctions, sending the Jetsons to the prehistoric past and bringing the Flint-stones to the future. Directed by Don Lusk & Ray Patterson; written by Don Nelson & Arthur Alsberg; featuring voices of Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Hamilton Camp, Henry Corden, Julie (Dees) McWhirter, Don Messick, George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, John Stephenson, Brenda Vaccaro, Jean Vander Pyl, Janet Waldo, Frank Welker & Patric Zimmerman
Hanna-Barbera Home Video color DVD [10/2011] for $14.56
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Rockin' with Judy Jetson 1988 TV movie  "Rockin' With Judy Jetson" TV movie [Hanna-Barbera Prodns Jan 1988]
Lyrics that Judy Jetson writes for teen heartthrob Sky Rocker are switched with a secret message from a music-hating witch, causing an intergalactic crisis. Directed by Paul Sommer & Ray Patterson; written by Charles M. Howell IV & Kevin Hopps; featuring voices of Janet Waldo, George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Daws Butler, Don Messick, Rob Paulsen, Jean Vander Pyl, Charles Adler, Mel Blanc, P.L. Brown, Steve Bulen, Ruth Buzzi, Hamilton Camp, Selette Cole, Peter Cullen, Pat Fraley, Cindy McGee, Pat Musick, Eric Suter, B.J. Ward, Beau Weaver
Warner Archive color DVD-R [9/2011] for $14.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
Jetsons: The Movie 1990 animated feature film   "Jetsons: The Movie" [Hanna-Barbera/Universal Pictures July 1990]
George gets a work promotion that requires moving the family to a distant planet. Produced & directed by Joseph Barbera & William Hanna; written by Dennis Marks; featuring the voices of George O'Hanlon, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton, singer Tiffany, Patric Zimmerman, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, Jean Vander Pyl, Ronnie Schell, Patti Deutsch, Dana Hill, Russi Taylor, Paul Kreppel, Rick Dees, Jeff Bergman, Brian Cummings, Brad Garrett, Rob Paulsen, Susan Silo, B.J. Ward, Jim Ward
Universal Studios Home Ent. color DVD [9/2015] for $5.15
Universal Studios Home Ent. color DVD [4/2009] for $9.04
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

untitled Jetsons & W.W.E. video release [Warner Bros. 2017?]  2017?
Announced 1/2015: a new animated Jetsons feature film, with Matt Lieberman of SourceFed to provide the screenplay • latest info at IMDb

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