Film / The Human Duplicators
The Human Duplicators
is a low-budget film released in 1965 by independent company Woolner Brothers Pictures Inc.
The plot involves a giant alien named Dr. Kolos (Richard Kiel) who is dispatched to Earth from a faraway galaxy on orders to create android doppelgängers by employing the scientific services of hypnotized cyberneticist Prof. Vaughn Dornheimer (George Macready).
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode see here.
The Human Duplicators provides examples of the following tropes:
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: The androids rebel, and the leader of them tells Kolos that he should have never given them the ability to think for themselves.
- The Chick: We got two of 'em: Lisa the blind chick and Hugh's secretary.
- Cloning Blues: They're androids, not clones, but they still get a bit of this.
- And George Nader also featured in the first season's Robot Monster.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl
- Immune to Bullets: the androids
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Actually his niece, but Lisa qualifies.
- The Mole: The androids' raison d'etre, for purposes of gathering sensitive information and/or supplies.
- Playing Against Type: Hugh Beaumont is pretty darn grouchy in this movie.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Kolos is an android. What makes it all the dumber is that this reveal comes in the film's closing seconds, giving it zero impact (if you're feeling generous, you could say it helps explain Richard Kiel's wooden acting).
- To be fair, he didn't know himself 'til that moment.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The androids are vulnerable to a Tap on the Head.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: What happened to the guy who looks like the young Jack Palance?
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Kolos is baffled by his attraction to Lisa. It's later justified when he finds out he's a robot, too.
- You Keep Using That Word: Cybernetics don't involve calculators.