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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

12
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
25
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
204 views

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?
12
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
314 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
189 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
92 views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
916 views

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. ...
7
votes
1answer
526 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
318 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
276 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
583 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
114 views

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.
6
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
204 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
776 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
568 views
30
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
254 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
278 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
254 views

What is the earliest use of “You just/still don't get it do you?”

There is a funny montage of movie and TV clips on YouTube in which variations of the phrase "you don't get it, do you" are used. Sometime after I watched that video I saw a 1959 episode of Bat ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Is The Cabin in the Woods inspired by Thirteen Ghosts?

While watching The Cabin in the Woods I thought the keeping of ghosts in a glass cabin was inspired by Thirteen Ghosts and even the opening closing sequence of glass cabins also looks similar. Except ...
10
votes
2answers
349 views

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 ...
27
votes
5answers
2k views

What was the first crossover movie like The Avengers, using only movie franchises?

The Avengers is taking 4 separate movie franchises (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) and combining them all into one huge movie with all the main characters from each movie. Doing some ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

What was the first movie to use a cross-cutting technique like The Hours?

The Hours is a very good cross-cutting film because throughout the film it jumps back and forth between three different stories in three different time periods. According to wikipedia, ...
10
votes
1answer
497 views

Which was the first movie with alternate ending?

Was "The Game of Death(1978)" the first movie with alternate ending? In Game of Death, after Billy was attacking Dr. Land, he falls from the rooftop. The police arrest Billy and the ambulance takes ...
15
votes
1answer
425 views

Which film was the first to show us the face of God?

There have been a lot of greek myth Gods depicted in film. Which film was the first to show us the face of the Christian God Jehovah?
17
votes
1answer
658 views

What is the first occurence of a sequence of short shots of the same length separated by fade ins/outs?

This technique is used in several movie trailers to give a feeling of stress, anxiety or urgency. It is also used in several movies (mostly thrillers, action or horror movies), sometimes even before ...