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What is the first film or television show to employ this trope: character walks away down a blackened hallway with overhead light fixtures creating evenly spaced circles of light on the floor?

In most cases, the lights come on one by one as a character walks under them, as in Cool World:

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    Purely from memory I'd say "The Prisoner" 1969.
    – Chenmunka
    May 27, 2016 at 10:05
  • Um, possibly the one in your first picture, wherever that's from?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    May 27, 2016 at 23:48
  • @NapoleonWilson - Unlikely. I asked this after I saw the trope used in an old episode of Twilight Zone, and it smacks of film noir.
    – Wad Cheber
    May 27, 2016 at 23:53
  • OP's right, definitely seems like a film noir trope; see minute 2:09 here (from Phantom Lady, 1944) and I doubt that's even the first instance of it.
    – Walt
    May 28, 2016 at 17:43
  • Would images such as this one from Night of the Demon qualify? Or are you specifically looking for the spotlight?
    – JohnP
    Sep 10, 2019 at 15:33


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