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

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Velcro as an alien technology

In many sci-fi movies like Transformers velcro is supposed to be an alien technology that human copy. Which was the first movie in which the velcro is an alien technology?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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, ...
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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 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 the ...
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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 ...
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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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First movie with product placement?

We were watching The Goonies (1985) tonight and I noticed that in the initial scenes one of the characters is rather prominently holding a Pepsi in his hand. I know product placement has been a ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 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'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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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, ...
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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 ...