In my childhood I liked the Fantomas-movies from the 60s (1, 2, 3) with Louis de Funès as inspector Juve. I can see they are remakes of much older Fantomas-movies from 1913, 1932 and 1947.

I liked in the movies of the 60s the massive use of funny or interesting gadgets, like the third hand or a gun in a peg leg and the extensive use of technological advancement, like submarines and helicopters.

As I never saw the original movies, was this included in them already or new in the remakes?


Yes, there are some gadgets in the 1913 Fantomas. From my own memory, they play not a leading part of the story, but they can be found.

At youtube you may find a sequence, approx at minute 8 you can see a third arm. At the start, you have a sequence with the actors and there changing look.

The 1913 films are available on DVD. http://www.seanax.com/2010/09/20/fantomas-cinemas-first-supervillain/ describes the film:

Each films is filled with wild plots and demented side schemes and features exotic gimmicks

There you can also find a link to amazon.

The Giornate 2000 includes also a description of the films.

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