But now it looks like we can no longer award this seminal sci-fi moment to The Master Mystery. The blog The End of Being has posted photos and a clip from a lost 1913 Italian film called The Mechanical Man, featuring with a pretty spectacular movie robot -- dang-it.
But I guess we can still say The Mastery Mystery contained the first robot in American cinema history. That's still pretty good.
By the way, I often wonder what ever happened to the Automaton costume, or even just the head? Wouldn't this be a wonderful find in 2012?
|Robot from The Mechanical Man (1913)|
UPDATE: Not so fast! According to reader Janne Wass, The Mechanical Man was made in 1921, not 1913. Read: The Automaton reclaims his title as first movie robot (kinda). Thank you, Janne.