What is the earliest film or show whose plot incorporated some process by which super-wealthy/powerful people achieve immortality by continually transferring their mind (and then wealth) into the bodies of (non-consenting) healthy young adults?

Self/less appears to be a recent example. Freejack predates it by a generation. But I suspect it has been used earlier.


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Seconds (1966) is an example of this, it's pretty much ripped off in Self/less.


Twilight Zone Season 3 episode 31 "The Trade-Ins," air date April 20 1962. IMDB description:

An elderly couple shop for younger replacement bodies, then resort to desperate measures to cover the cost.

While the couple in the episode is not rich, they are requesting a service you would have to be rich to take advantage of.

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