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Atomic Bomb Predicted Before It's Time

Written literature that predated the atomic bomb made references to man creating a weapon that could set the sky on fire.

H.G. Wells book The Time Machine written in 1895 talked about the surface of the Earth being burned by man made fire. He later wrote The World Set Free in 1914 and it clearly describes the atomic bomb.

When Did A Nuclear Bomb First Appear?

The Trinity nuclear test of the first atomic bomb was conducted on July 16, 1945. What is the date of the film that first featured a destructive weapon of on this kind of scale, and did that film predate the Trinity test?

I'm looking for the answer with the earliest film showing or discussing a bomb that can destroy a city.

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This is a potential list question, unless it turns out there is none or only one. –  Oliver_C Jan 26 '13 at 10:47
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You could turn it into a First Appearance question. An answer to that question will automatically give you an answer to this one. –  Oliver_C Jan 26 '13 at 10:52
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After some research, the earliest movie I could find, which features a nuclear holocaust (and the survivors) is a 1951 movie, Five, which means that it did not predate Trinity nuclear tests

I find it very difficult to cross-validate this, though I referred to List of Nuclear Holocaust Fiction on Wiki, to start with.

The movie entry for articles on this movie, on TCM, speaks about this movie, as being the first to depict nuclear holocaust...

It is remembered today as the first film to portray life after a nuclear holocaust; later this theme was approached by major studios in big-budget films such as The World, the Flesh and the Devil and On the Beach (both 1959).

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+1 thanks. I'm going to have to watch that. –  Mathew Foscarini Jan 30 '13 at 14:33
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I'll accept this answer, unless someone can find something that predates 1945. –  Mathew Foscarini Jan 30 '13 at 14:47
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The movie The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951) discusses atomic bombs.

In the movie, the alien Klaatu comes to earth on a goodwill mission. He has concerns that Earth might be destroyed by other alien civilizations, concerned for their own safety, in the wake of mankind inventing Nuclear Power.

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Release date of five is April 25, 1951 which is earlier then release date of The Day the Earth Stood which is Still September 28, 1951 –  Ankit Sharma Jan 31 '13 at 10:22
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Somebody has an eye for details.... [chuckles]. Jokes apart, I would keep my answer here in spite of the 5 month gap between the two as I believe it somehow adds to the knowledge base. –  KeyBrd Basher Jan 31 '13 at 10:26
    
Agreed...!!!!!! –  Ankit Sharma Jan 31 '13 at 10:28
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