There are a lot of music which have this joke:

The actor moves through a scene with background music playing, when the actor acknowledges the musicians in the scene for comical effect. I think by now you could call this a trope. The latest scene where I've seen this is this scene from Blazing Saddles.

But I wonder which was the first movie to come up with this trope?

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    Reminds me of this scene from Bananas, but I'm sure there are earlier examples. Does it have to be humorous\ironic, BTW? – Walt Nov 24 '16 at 15:06
  • Yes, I can't really imagine such a scene not being humorous. The "reveal" of the musician is what really makes out these scenes for me. – hgiesel Nov 24 '16 at 15:28
  • I'm sure the Marx Brothers did this in the 1930s but I can't find the scene. – Chenmunka Nov 24 '16 at 15:48
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    There are non-comedic examples, I'm certain... and there are also examples where the music turns out to be on the radio, for instance, not played by "live" musicians. They do this often with intro credit sequences. – Catija Nov 24 '16 at 16:10
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    re: non-comedic - There's a beautiful one at the beginning of the 1981 French film 'Diva' which is not only an actual surprise [well, not now I've told you] but is also central to the entire movie plot itself. – disassociated Nov 24 '16 at 16:48

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