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

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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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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 ...
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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 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 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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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 ...
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What was the first movie to introduce “blue wire or red wire” bomb disposal?

I have seen Juggernaut (1974) recently. There is a scene in the end of the movie when the bomb disposal expert, Fallon has to choose one of the two wires (red or blue) to cut in order to disarm the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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 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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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?
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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What 1980's movie was the first to have an official montage?

We all know that many of the 1980's movies were famous for their montages with cheesy music going on in the background and random clips of the main characters doing things (cleaning up, playing games, ...