Egghead’s Robot (1970)

Article #949 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-20-2003
Posting Date: 3-18-2004
Directed by Milo Lewis
Featuring Keith Chegwin, Jeffrey Chegwin, Kathryn Dawe

A child uses a robot to substitute for him in a cricket game.

Adventures in Movie Hunting: One of the ironies of this whole project is that sometimes you spend a goodly amount of time hunting for movies that you suspect will prove to be ordinary and forgettable at best. I eventually found this one at (formerly Blackstar) on a double feature of movies by a group called the Children’s Film Foundation, and that was after stumbling across it on a google search, because you can’t search for it directly on the site. It’s fifty-three minutes long and consists entirely of by-the-numbers kiddie slapstick alternating with cricket footage, a game which (as I am not of British heritage) makes no sense to me whatever. Watch a robot mow the lawn really fast! Watch a robot accidentally uproot all the flowers in the garden, and then (through the magic of running the film backwards) put them all back in! Watch the grouchy groundskeeper fall into the pool of muddy water three (no, make that four) times! It’s not really awful, but the above description should give you a fairly good idea of what the whole thing is like. For robot completists only.

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