Which was the first movie/show to use a certain characteristic or technique?

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Why do criminals whistle after doing something?

There's an old tradition in cartoons and comedies: criminals (mostly thieves) and bullies often whistle some tunes after doing something bad or when they are likely to be detected by police or guards. ...
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Showing journey on the map

It is common cliché in animation to show the journey between point A to point B by moving a line, sometimes including a plane/ship, across the map. I have seen it in Indiana Jones and plenty of other ...
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What movie or TV show had the first instance of heroes walking in slow motion?

There's a trope of heroes walking towards the camera in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder. What was the first movie where this kind of shot was used?
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Was Psych the first TV series to remake its own episode?

Psych, Season 8, Episode 3 ,"Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement", was a remake of the Season 1 Episode "Cloudy... With a Chance of Murder". The wikipedia entry says it is "the ...
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First movie with Iron Man like HUD

What was the first movie that had a mecha or armored suit with a HUD like the one in Iron Man's suit?
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Was Cary Grant the first actor to say “gay” onscreen?

There's this funny scene in the Cary Grant comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938) where he has to put on Katherine Hepburn's bathrobe. When asked "Why are you wearing these?", he replies: Because I just ...
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When was the first time an author directed the adaptation of their own book?

Stephen Chbosky wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower and also directed the movie adaptation. Has this been done before?
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Was this scene the first to show the wand massager in a mainstream movie?

Apologies if people feel if this is off-topic, I remember watching Batchelor Party (1984, starring Tom Hank) when I was significantly younger and recently I watched it again and noticed for the first ...
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When did bombs start having fancy countdown timers?

I think that it's widely considered that bombs with cute LCD displays and timers displaying the time left, all in movies and video games, are highly unrealistic, because what evil villain wants to let ...
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The Legendary Enormous Boulder Scene

Everyone knows this scene! Indiana Jones narrowly escapes death by a huge rolling boulder in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. However I recently watched the original Journey to the Center of the Earth ...
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What was the first movie to feature a person sit on a toilet?

Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock have a scene where a person is flushing a toilet. This fact provided some shock effect, since toilets were virtually never seen in American cinema in the 1960s. ...
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What's the origin of the “'ello, gov'nor” line?

This line is often used in TV shows, usually when a character is trying to use an english accent. He will use a british slang and say something along the lines of 'ello gov'nor! Two examples ...
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Is 'Birdman' the first movie to use the long take technique for events not occuring in real time?

Except for a few seconds in the beginning and the end, the movie 'Birdman' appears as a continuous long take. The only other movie I can think of like that was Hitchcock's 'Rope' (1946). But in ...
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Detective Movie Style

Which movie started the tradition of black-and-white movies with a first person narrative of a cool, suave private detective that investigates on behalf of a client. (generally wears a fedora and a ...
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Which movie/tv started showing scenes after credit?

Usually marvel movies have some scenes after credits. Which movie started it all?
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What's the earliest movie with a comedic scene of mistaking a bull for a cow?

As a child I saw an American comedy maybe from the 50s/60s about a woman who loses one man after the other by death. In one scene a soon-to-be-dead husband is trying to milk what he mistakes for a cow ...
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When was the horror film technique where a character opens a door to the same room first done?

I've noticed this interesting and scary film technique where a character tries to exit through a door, only to find that they've entered the same room as before. I've seen it done in The Awakening ...
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First movie where you hear breathing in a helmet?

Is 2001: A Space Odyssey the first movie where you can hear somebody's breathing in a helmet? I talk about Darth Vader's type of breathing; in the case of Kubrik's movie it is breathing in a space ...
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Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV-drama with a female African-American lead?

Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV show with an African-American female lead? I'm looking specifically for mainstream networks. To be explicit, BET is not that - talkshow and ...
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Which was the first movie remake?

I want to know Which was the first movie remake in the history of movies? I do not mean reboot. I mean remake i.e. with same story (mostly).
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Which is the first book about a movie?

Movies are often based on books. But when was the first time when a book was published about a movie? Example : a book was published about the Indian movie Sholay. Now this book is about the making of ...
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Does Intolerance show the first gay kissing?

Can we consider that part in Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout The Ages where the general kisses the king (just a fast kiss), as the first gay kissing or not? Because it is not shown in a gay ...
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When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car?

When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car and not a studio-based rear projection? What was the first movie that contains car sequences all made with real action shots?
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What was the first movie with an openly gay main character?

I'm sure there are plenty of never-released gay/lesbian films from early cinema, but what was the first film released in theaters for the general public? For this question, let's consider openly gay ...
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What was the first movie that had only female characters?

What was the first movie that had only female characters? In a quiz competition that question was asked and I didn't know its answer. Although the question was for Bollywood but here my question is ...
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Which was the first movie featuring only 1 character (that is seen in the movie)?

I want to know which was the first movie (not animated), which had only one character (which is seen) in the story. I am talking about movies like Buried and All is Lost. Not including short films or ...
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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

Broadchurch (ITV/BBC America) was my favorite television show, specifically crime drama, in 2013. FOX is remaking the series but changed the name to Gracepoint. Interestingly, they cast David Tennant, ...
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What was the first use of the driving closeup shots known from Miami Vice?

One of the trademarks of Miami Vice were the nightly cruises through Miami's streets, which were usually accompanied by great music and very characteristic camera shots showing closeups of the car ...
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What was the first film adaptation of a comic?

I've been watching Danger: Diabolik (1968) and when I read the Wikipedia article I realise it's actually an adaptation of a comic book character called Diabolik which made it one of the earliest comic ...
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The origin of the loss of the Fourth Wall?

"The Fourth Wall", for the uninitiated, is the wall that separates the movie from the audience, allowing the audience to be spectators to the events depicted. Famously, the Fourth Wall was demolished ...
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When was the first use of nudity on the silver screen?

With the exception of pornography (which I don't think makes it to the "silver screen"), which movie first made use of nudity? I realize that the term "nudity" is much different now than it was back ...
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Spend a week in my mansion to inherit my money

I'm watching the Cinematic Titanic riff on Legacy of Blood and I'm interested in the background of the trope used. In the movie, a family leader dies and part of his will requires his family members ...
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Was the Lord of the Rings trilogy the first film series to be shot concurrently?

I know that the three films in the Lord of the Rings film series were quite famously shot concurrently. The films were then edited and completed, before being released to the cinemas a year or so ...
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What was the first appearance of the “Shop Around the Corner” romcom plot?

In The Shop Around the Corner (1940), two characters bicker in person while falling in love anonymously through letters. The plot has been repeated in In the Good Old Summertime (1949), You've Got ...
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What was the first realistic sex scene in a mainstream movie?

Once upon a time movies were so subject to censorship that rude words and any hint of sexual activity were impossible to put on screen. Directors could hint, but couldn't show. Go back and watch ...
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What is the first appearance of the F-bomb in a movie?

Having seen the incredible statistics on the frequency of the use of the word "fuck" in movies in this question: What is the sweariest movie ever?, I thought it might also be worth recording the first ...
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What is the original occurrence of this specific memory-loss / amnesia plot?

I am not searching for a specific movie I have seen, hence the question may be vague or a little off-topic (hopefully not too far). I am searching for the original movie (or source, maybe even in ...
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Was the laughing gas dentist scene in The Pink Panther Strikes Again done previously?

Was the laughing gas dentist scene in The Pink Panther Strikes Again done in a previous movie? Maybe a Jimmy Cagney comedy from the thirties or forties?
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First American High School film?

I was wondering what would have been the first film to depict stereotypical ideas of American High Schools. I can only think back as far as Grease (1978) or maybe Rebel Without a Cause (1955) but I'm ...
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What is the first instance of people filing a petition against casting a character?

These days people are very serious about the live action adaptation of their favorite character from comic books or novels. Some fans even file online petitions to request a change in the character's ...
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What is the first Bollywood film to have a sequel/prequel?

What is the first Bollywood film to have a sequel or prequel ? The oldest I found is Nigahen: Nagina Part II from 1989. But I think there should be more that are older than this.
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What was the first movie sequel?

I was looking at boxofficemojo's stats on the Superman series and observing that with inflation, the first Superman movie was huge for its time, and probably why it spawned some sequels - rare for ...
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What was the first movie or TV show to employ a “crime computer” to move the plot along?

This particular plot device is now commonplace in today's movies and TV shows. For example, we have a character like Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds, who has access to all kinds of government ...
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Where did flatlining come from?

A standard sign of death on TV and film seems to be someone's heart rate machine flatlining with a long, drawn out BEEEEEEEEEEP. However, this is not what actually happens - apparently this noise ...
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What is the first occurence of film within a film within a film?

In the Scre4m (or Scream 4) opening scene, So the above scene shows a film within a film within a film. If I am not wrong then this kind of scene is not new and I ...
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Camera shot with close-up next to farther away standing person

While watching Final Destination 3 I noticed a very characteristic camera shot. At a scene where the main character, Wendy, sits in her room at the computer (watching the supposedly foretelling ...
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Flaming swords/on fire swords

What was the first film to use flaming/on fire swords? I'm most interested in when they're used in an offensive manner.
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What Disney animated film was the first to feature blood?

Yesterday, my buddies and I were watching the movie UP, and in the scene where Mr. Frederickson hits the worker for moving his mailbox, the worker moves his hand to reveal blood on his head. One of ...
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What is the origin of the “face behind a wall of equations” shot?

So, Hollywood really likes to make scientists and mathematicians write on Plexiglas (or mirrors, or windows, or other transparent or reflective surfaces). Presumably it's so they can get shots like ...
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Which is the first parody film?

I love the parody films like Meet the Spartans,Vampires Suck and Scary Movie film series. I want to know which is the first film made which is parody of other film or films.