When we think of a fantasy movie, along with the hero, their weapon comes to our minds too.

We can add many such unique weapons.

But this is not only limited to fantasy movies. Special weapons* are being designed for non-fantasy movies too. Baahubali fame S.S. Rajamouli takes special care in designing special weapons for his movies.

Some action movies in Telugu film industry(nicknamed as Tollywood) also use this type of weaponography.

My question:

  • Which is the oldest non-fantasy** movie to design unique weapons for the protagonist or the actors?

** By non- fantasy, I meant non-super hero movie and a movie which doesn't involve any magic (unlike Harry potter and Twilight). I am looking for a movie which is set in a real world.

* Weapons which are unique and non- conventional in appearance or usage and are designed for that movie. A signature weapon would do. Not the weapons which look like regular shield, sword and machine gun.

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    ..or hand-swords / chainsaws etc? Also, define non-fantasy and special weapons.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 16:08
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    yeah, I think we're going to need a clearer definition of exactly what you're wanting
    – DForck42
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 16:28
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    What do you mean by "fantasy"??? Anything that's not possible in reality is "fantasy"... so most of the shows out there that have any sort of weaponry are fantasy to some point... short of historical fictionalizations.
    – Catija
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 16:28
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    For instance, 1949 Samson and Delilah portrays Samson slaying an army with a signature weapon: the jawbone of a donkey. Is that a 'design'? eh.
    – infixed
    Commented May 5, 2017 at 16:31
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    @faintsignal Haha. Batman is not a super natural being but everyone agrees he is a super hero. You can exclude Batman like characters from the list. I don't go by dictionary definition here. For ""set in a real world"", I mean a movie which is not set in a fantasy world like Hogwarts or a magical world. The movies which are set in a real life and in a non-fantasy movie.
    – Nog Shine
    Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 2:04

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1960, Peeping Tom (British). A camera that contains a knife, wielded by a serial killing photographer. Great film.

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    Thanks. Appreciate your time. But as said in this comment, there is an account of a weapon from a 1949 movie which makes that newer one.
    – Nog Shine
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 4:54
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    @NogShine - yes, but that example is fantasy; you asked for non-fantasy.
    – sirjonsnow
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 14:22

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