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Cracked Nuts 1941 robot movie, well sort of.

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"CRACKED NUTS" Plot / Summary - A young man in a small town wins$5000 in a radio contest. He goes to New York City to propose to his girlfriend, but gets mixed up with a crooked attorney and two con men who are trying to sell a fake robot. Full cast & crew starring, Stuart Erwin, Una Merkel, Mischa Auer, Shemp Howard, Willam Frawley, Astrid Allwyn, Ernie Stanton, Mantan Moreland, Hattie Noel, Francis Pierlot, Will Wright, Emmett Vogan, Tom Hanlon, Pat O'Malley, Bobby Barber, Billy Bietcher, Lyle Clement, Dorothy Darrell, Hal K. Dawson, Marlon Martin, Milton Parsons, Jack Perrin, Martin Sals, Janet Warren, Pierre Watkin, and Dave Willock. Directed by Edward F. Cline. Released July 10, 1941.

 

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robothut

For those that can not wait, about 6 minuets in they set up the robot and even show the inside mechanics. Shemp Howard is the dummy inside.

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RoboDerby

I had to do some digging on IMDb to sort it out as, even the credits at the beginning of the YouTube video have it misspelled. But, sure enough, it is Shemp Howard, of the 3 Stooges. Apparently, born Samuel Horwitz. “Shemp” because this is how his mother pronounced Sam in her Litvak accent. I loved the Stooges as a kid and even did a school report on the subject. Another fun fact is that after putting a car through a barbershop window while learning to drive, Shemp never drove again.

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robothut

Its clear that  Shemp is not the actor in the robot suit since he is 2 feet shorter "all the stooges were short" than the guy in the suit. Also "Rodchester"  Edmund Lincoln Anderson is always fun to have in a flick. Short film at 1 hour.

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RoboDerby
14 minutes ago, robothut said:

Its clear that  Shemp is not the actor in the robot suit since he is 2 feet shorter "all the stooges were short" than the guy in the suit. Also "Rodchester"  Edmund Lincoln Anderson is always fun to have in a flick. Short film at 1 hour.


It is possible that there may have been a stunt person in the costume or another actor. But both IMDb and Wikipedia list Shemp Howard as having played Ivan the robot. 
 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033497/

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Roboto

Looks like Ernie Stanton was the stunt actor for Shemp in the robot.

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