The Thin Man (1957–1959)
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Nick and Nora visit the inventor of a robot. They wonder if the mechanical man might have been the instrument for murder.


Oscar Rudolph


Devery Freeman


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Episode cast overview:
Peter Lawford ... Nick Charles
Phyllis Kirk ... Nora Charles
Asta Asta ... Asta
Barry Atwater ... Dr. Nyles
Robert Cornthwaite ... Hartwick - Lab assistant
Lillian Bronson ... Mrs. Creavy - Housekeeper
George Cisar ... Lt. Voss
Stephen Coit ... Provost - Lab Assistant
Robby the Robot ... Robot


Nick and Nora visit the inventor of a robot. They wonder if the mechanical man might have been the instrument for murder.

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Comedy | Mystery





Release Date:

28 February 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is included as an extra on both the 50th anniversary DVD release and the 2010 Blu-Ray release of Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »


Whenever Robby is carrying someone, two wires can be seen attached to whoever is seen being carried by the robot. These wires are obviously what is supporting the weight of the bodies Robby was meant to carry around. See more »


References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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see Forbidden Planet, Special Edition DVD
21 June 2007 | by bigpecs8See all my reviews

Since this episode features "Robby the Robot", it is included in the extra features section of this 2-disc DVD set. After viewing, you must ask yourself why Peter Lawford ever got any acting gigs. Robby does a better job acting than this rat-packer! Even Asta, no speaking parts in this episode - though she does have a couple of barks, is more believable. What is enjoyable is seeing the great number of character actors in this particular episode. All of the "regular" faces are there as they were in many late 50's, early 60's television productions. The other amusing oddity is that the Robby the Robot costume (?) was being utilized a lot by MGM and, as a result, had suffered a few dings, dents and scratches. Unfortunately, no trip to the body shop was in the immediate future and Robby's repairs would have to wait.

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