Can anyone find an example of the first human appearing robot? The earliest I can think of is in the 1973 film Westworld. I'm looking for the first cinematic android that was created not to replace a specific person, but to have it's own function.
The earliest fictional robots and androids in film listed on Wikipedia are:
Going down the list, the next human-looking androids are:
And the first on the list that specifically mentions androids is:
It's interesting that androids don't really show up in movies until relatively late compared to books, as it's much easier to show a normal-looking human and claim it's a robot underneath than these clunky looking mechanical robots. But perhaps there wasn't much fun doing it that way, and perhaps audiences would have felt cheated.
The Golem (1920) is already quite human - but no robot.
I found some hints of a 1886 film l'Eve Futur:
Same information at http://www.filmsite.org/robotsinfilm1.html I'm searching for some more information.