I was watching "Columbo: Playback", and the murderer uses a video security system to cover up a murder.

It got me thinking, what was the first movie to use video playback to trick another character? The other two notable examples I can think of is Speed and Ocean's Eleven.

  • Do you require it to be a video loop specifically? Or is the effect (i.e. the Polaroid example) sufficient?
    – JohnP
    Oct 7, 2019 at 16:20

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There are several different versions of this appearing in television, however the earliest film version that I could find was the 1968 Italian film, Danger: Diabolik. Directed by de Laurentis, and a score by Ennio Morricone, it features a criminal named Diabolik who plans large heists for his girlfriend. It was an adaptation from existing comics at the time.

In this, Diabolik is planning to steal a costly emerald necklace. The only video I could find is a Spanish subtitled version. In this, starting at ~ 46:55 Diabolik scales the walls of castle to enter the room. Once in, he sees the camera, takes a Polaroid of the room and places it in front of the camera.

  • Note: I realize this is not the same as a video loop, but is the same effect. I asked for clarification from the OP, however may not get a response as they are no longer a registered user.
    – JohnP
    Oct 7, 2019 at 14:53

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