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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 '17 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 '17 at 9:39
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    I think the trope probably predates movies. – Todd Wilcox Oct 30 '17 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 – Todd Wilcox Oct 30 '17 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 '17 at 17:32

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