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

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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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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 first-...
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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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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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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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What was the first movie released with a tagline?

I know taglines in movies are used for advertising purpose and to create a memorable phrase to make the audience remember the film for many years. I've seen numerous movies with taglines and some of ...
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What was the first film shot completely with a subjective point of view?

What was the first full-length feature film shot completely with a subjective point of view, that is, with a subjective camera where shots simulates what a character actually sees (audience, character,...
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First Hollywood movie with “flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks”?

In Super (2010), I noticed the weird concept of flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks. Which was the first Hollywood movie with the same concept?
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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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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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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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Which film or TV-Show was the first to use a '555-' phone number?

[Image from Toy Story 3] Using a fictional '555-' phone number is not uncommon in American films and television shows. Which film or television show was the first to use a '555-' phone number?
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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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Where did the “calmly eating noodles when bad guys walk in” scene first appear?

This scene happens in many martial arts movies: It usually starts with some hero wandering into a strange town; orders a bowl of noodles; then a couple of bad guys casually sit down and start ...
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What was the earliest mass-release movie that used Matrix-like “bullet time”?

One of the things that The Matrix was famous for was "bullet time" cinematography. I'm fairly sure that, while it was the first one to use the technique extensively and become famous for it, it wasn'...
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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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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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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 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 live-action movie to feature a talking animal?

What was the first live-action movie to feature a talking animal, and did the film predate the first live-action televised appearance of a talking animal?
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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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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 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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First Hollywood (or at least made in USA) movie where Russian dialog was spoken by Russian speaking actor?

I was wondering what the first movie (made in USA) was where a character speaking Russian was played by an actor for whom Russian was a fluent (though not necessarily first) language, spoken with no ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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 ...