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

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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. Equally explicit: ...
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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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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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What Disney movie 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 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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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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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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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 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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What year did they begin announcing that TV shows were “Filmed in front of a live studio audience”?

I was watching antenna TV and now I wonder: What year did they begin to make the point of announcing that specific TV shows were "Filmed in front of a live studio audience"? and which show was ...
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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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First use of on-screen text messages, like in Sherlock and House of Cards

The BBC's Sherlock (July 2010-) uses a novel visual trick to show the contents of an SMS message directly on the television screen, so we can all read it without having to look at a dull phone screen. ...
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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 film to have a fight on top of a moving train?

The earliest I could locate was a Mexican film El Tren fantasma as described here. The General (1926) starring Buster Keaton was known for its action in a train, but I am unable to reliably establish ...
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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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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.
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Which movie did top-to-bottom credits first?

One of the many notable things about modern film-noir Seven was its reverse credits (scrolling top to bottom, the opposite to the expected direction). I recently rewatched the brilliant 1950's ...
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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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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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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 was the first tv show or movie to feature a character who travelled through time?

There have been many characters who have travelled through time but who was the first? Off the top of my head, I can only think of Ebenezer Scrooge and his 3 ghostly visitors. I'm not even sure that ...
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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 was the first instance of a movie reboot?

Apparently so called reboots are the new answer to Hollywood running out of original ideas. In the last years several franchises have been "rebooted" such as Spider-man, Batman, Star Trek and so on. ...
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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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First appearance of a weapon with the power of a nuclear bomb?

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 ...
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What 80's movie was first to have an official montage?

We all know that 80's movies were famous for their montages with cheesy music going on in the background and randoms clips of the main characters doing things (cleaning up, playing games, etcetera) ...
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What was the first film or television show that used computer generated credits?

I imagine, but do not know for sure, that in the early days of film and television, credits were filmed on a second reel and added to the production after the fact. Historically, what was the first ...
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What is the first movie to show slicing through a candle to show sword prowess

The nearest I can find is The Mark of Zorro. It shows the villain (played by the wonderful Basil Rathbone) slicing through a candle with rage and then the hero slicing through a candle but seemingly ...
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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 is the origin of the “face behind a wall of equations” shot?

So, Hollywood really likes to make scientists and mathematicians write on plexiglass (or mirrors, or windows, or other transparent or reflective surfaces). Presumably it's so they can get shots like ...
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Which movie holds the record for using the highest number of extras in a scene?

Often they make use of extras in a movie scene typically for depicting a crowd, a stadium filled with people, a rally, a procession etc. I want to know that in which movie the highest number of ...
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Which film or TV-Show was the first to use a '555-' phone number?

[Toy Story 3] Using a fictional '555-' phone number is not uncommon in American films and television shows. Watch a compilation of films using a '555-' number My Question: Which film or ...
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First occurence of Twin Actors/Actresses?

Several movies feature twin characters as Comedians/ Villains/ Hero/ Heroins. I want to know what is the first movie which first used twin characters in it? NB- In reality, they maybe real-life or ...
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First occurrence of subliminal messages in film?

Subliminal messages in films isn't a new thing. They have taken many forms by flashing words for a single frame, using iconic images on props and product placements. There are also stories in the ...
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Which was first TV show with animation?

Which was first TV show with animation in USA? No real characters. All characters should be animated.
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What was the first case of a celebrity playing a fictionalized version of her/himself?

James Van Der Beek in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is one of the more recent examples of celebrities playing a fictionalized version of themselves To be clear, I'm not talking about a ...
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Origin of the Mustache Twirling Villain

Whenever someone thinks about silent cinema the image of the laughing villain, twirling his mustache, and tying the hapless blonde beauty to the railroad, pops up in our collective memory. But in ...
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What is the cinematic origin (first use) of a “Fortune teller will lose powers after intimacy” trope?

I happened to watch 2 movies in the same week ("Live and Let Die" and "Scorpion King") both of which had a common trope of a fortune teller virginal female who is supposed to lose her prescient powers ...
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What is the origin of the dialogue “take me instead of her/him”?

In many Hollywood horror movies the last climactic scene features the dialogue "take me instead". For example, Dark Water (2005), The Exorcist and The Ring 2. So what is the origin of this famous ...