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In the documentary "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" (a film specifically about the topic of product placement), director Morgan Spurlock notes that one of the first recognized product placements was in the 1919 Roscoe Arbuckle comedy The Garage, in which a Red Crown Gasoline logo was displayed on screen. I expect watching the documentary would more than ...


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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). This had ramifications and resulted in the Salkind Clause: For their daring, the Salkinds have gone down in legal history: actors' agents and ...


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Since your question asks What is the first crossover movie? I'll submit two of the earliest I have found, depending on your definition of "crossover". For movie horror/sci-fi franchises, there is Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). But I think the earliest could be Laurel and Hardy's appearance in the Our Gang comedy short Wild Poses (1933). Both Our ...


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A lot of people seem to think Juggernaut is the earliest film to use the "wire dilemma" trope. I found references to it everywhere from Amazon reviews to rap lyrics. Slightly more reliable references include: Movies you should own: Juggernaut (Terror on the Britannic) The first film to develop the 'red wire/blue wire' dilemma, it's a tense piece ...


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French gentleman thief Arsène Lupin battles the English detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1910 German drama film serial Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes. Wikipedia says: A contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941) was the creator of the character of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin who, in Francophone countries, has enjoyed a ...


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Francis the Talking Mule first appeared on film in 1950: This pre-dates Mister Ed's TV debut by a decade. Notes: 1. The Wizard of Oz featured a talking lion in 1939, but that was ...


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The earliest Disney animated movie I can find is Sleeping Beauty, from 1959, which shows the Dragon being slain by a sword, showing some blood. I found this picture, I see no reason why this picture is not genuine... In live action movies, in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), Captain Nemo (played by James Mason) is shot whilst boarding the Nautilus. ...


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Spaceballs (1987) has this scene, in which the villains watch... Spaceballs, including the scene they're currently in. Even at YouTube image quality, you can see at least three levels on the screen — and, of course, the number of implied levels is infinite. (The two-level version shows up as early as Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. (1924), so I'm sure ...


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I would think Alien vs. Predator would be an example of combining franchises, which was released in 2004. While not a critical success (garnered only 22% Tomatometer), it did gross $80.2 million. It even spawned a sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007.


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The link in Neil Baker's comment to Luke McKernan's "Tied to the tracks" article also gives a very detailed history of a woman being tied to the tracks, occasionally by the evil villain twirling his moustache. And all those who do know silent films know that such scenes were hackneyed even before films were invented, and the few films that did show them ...


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This made me think of an 1913 movie that Mack Sennett made called Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life. If I recall correctly, this film featured not only a mustachioed villain, but a woman tied to the train tracks! Possibly the earliest version.


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It's important to note the sociological underpinnings of the high school film. From 1900 throughout the 1920s, most Americans lived in small rural communities. They usually only had one school, and by the time children were of high school age, they were usually working on the family farm or apprenticed to a vocation. Thus, there was no "stereotypical" high ...


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According to The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) there are only 17 movies (including shorts) that uses this rolling down credits technique, the earliest being just the one you used as example: Kiss Me Deadly (1955). In the list of movies that match this request there's also, as you mentioned, Seven (1999). Recently, the movie Next(2007) used this approach, ...


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The wikipedia page regarding alternate ending explained that: In movies, alternate endings are often filmed before being scrapped, and may be subsequently included as a special feature in the film's DVD release. These alternate endings are a special type of deleted scene. In other cases, ideas that were presented but discarded early on are alluded to by ...


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Definition: parody a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way. I would nominate the Laurel and Hardy movies as parodies of the originals. Movies were still in their infancy when Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy created shorts and full length feature films in the 1920s with ...


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An extremely convoluted story may contain flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks, as in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Passage to Marseille (1944), and The Locket (1946). This technique is a hallmark of Kannada movie director Upendra whose futuristic flick Super (2010) is set in 2030 and contains multiple flashbacks ranging from 2010 to 2015 ...


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I think you'd be hard pressed to find any evidence of a cliche 80s montage earlier than the one from Rocky in 1976. Obviously the idea of a montage wasn't new, nor even the idea of a training montage, but Rocky did combine those two elements with cheesy inspirational synth music, and that precise style was imitated in underdog action films ad nauseum ...


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The record for most extras is with 1982 classic Gandhi, which used over 300,000 extras for the funeral scene. IMDb Trivia snippet: 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral sequence. About 200,000 were volunteers and 94,560 were paid a small fee (under contract). The sequence was filmed on 31st Jan 1981, the 33rd anniversary of Mohandas K. Gandhi's ...


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The earliest reference I could find is The Green Pastures (1936). The story relates "portrays episodes from the Old Testament as seen through the eyes of a young African-American child in the Depression-era South, who interprets The Bible in terms familiar to her." The film is based on the 1930 play of the same name. The next one I could find is The Old ...


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Wikipedia has a list of examples. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_placement#Product_placement_in_movies And over on Sociological Images there's a video that has a nice summary. http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/03/22/a-history-of-product-placement/


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Happened across this very nifty video series on film analysis, and the creator actually has an entire video devoted to the art of depicting text messages (and computer messages in general) on-screen. His video indicates that the earliest film he could find that depicts on-screen text messaging is All About Lily Chou-Chou, a Japanese film from 2001. A more ...


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Seems taglines have been around almost as long as movies. There are a few online references for them. A quick search of an online database gives me one from 1915 for Birth of a Nation "The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan".There's also taglineguru.com that did a survey of 300 nominated taglines to come up with the top 100 of all time, and it's earliest ...


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The oldest I know is "The Great Train Robbery" (1903). There is a youtube clip, see scene 4, approx. in minute 4ff There are more information about the film at: Wikipedia IMDB


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I realize I'm ludicrously late for this, but the very first parody film was The Little Train Robbery, made in 1905. It was a parody of The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, which had the same director.


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This type of shot is most commonly known as a Deep Focus Shot. From the wiki page: Deep focus is a photographic and cinematographic technique using a large depth of field. Depth of field is the front-to-back range of focus in an image — that is, how much of it appears sharp and clear. Consequently, in deep focus the foreground, middle-ground and background ...


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Well, there was Edison's film in 1900 Lancaster, PA., High School ... I don't know if that is a "stereo typical" look at high school as it is just a documentary (and probably just Edison testing his movie camera), but that would be the first. The first which was not a documentary or a short was probably A Girl of the Limberlost from 1924. Here is a link ...


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No, there have been several over the years, as detailed by a wikipedia entry on back to back filming. Here's a short list, there are more in the wiki entry. Back to the Future II and III Kill Bill was filmed as one film and later split into two. Superman the movie and Superman II (Earliest on the list, 1978 timeframe) Deathly Hallows I and II were filmed ...


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The OED cites 'guv' and it's variants as entering the language in 1852 via Punch magazine. This is when the word 'guv-ner' was popularized. I originally thought Oliver Twist (1948) was the first movie to use the line " 'ello guv-nor ". However I found an earlier movie Convict 99. Here's a link. The morning governors start at 40:11, they end 40:16.


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It is generally considered that D.W. Griffith (Birth of a Nation, et al) was the inventor of cross-cutting, as he tended to pioneer virtually every other editing technique in the early 20th Century - it is evident in his film A Corner of Wheat from 1909. However, I have found an earlier example, The Great Train Robbery (1903). Here is what elements of ...


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If we're not talking public domain characters, then my mind immediately turns to Japanese monster movies. There are several monsters with their own movies, but on occasion they would appear together in a "Vs." movie. Earliest one I could find is King Kong vs. Godzilla, which was release in 1962.



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