Concealing objects in book is a popular trope among crime thriller and mystery genre.

To mention a few:

Neo hides cash and disks in a book in The Matrix

Neo hides cash and disks in a book.

Andy hides hammer in bible.The Shawshank Redemption

Andy hides hammer in bible.

Mentioned link lists out movies in which this trope is used.

But which was the first movie ?

  • There's a TV tropes page for this, although it doesn't give years for the movies: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BookSafe
    – Erik
    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:03
  • This will go back to the old black and white mystery movies of the 1930's & 40s...It's a common trope.
    – Paulie_D
    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:39
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    I think the trope probably predates movies. Oct 30, 2017 at 12:15
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    Wikipedia has movies listed starting with From Russia With Love in the '60s: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concealing_objects_in_a_book Oct 30, 2017 at 12:21
  • @ToddWilcox: If you haven't noticed I have mentioned this link in my question but it doesn't say about it being first movie to use trope. It might be possible that the trope predates movies. But there should be a first one to use it.
    – Rahul
    Oct 30, 2017 at 17:32


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