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Which was the first movie/show to use a certain characteristic or technique?

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Which show was the first to use concept art as the ending credits?

In Disney+'s The Mandalorian, each episode ends with concept arts during the ending song. I don't know if this is a new film technique or not, but I've seen in first in RWBY and now in The Mandalorian....
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When was the first adult film ever made?

I was curious if anyone happens to maybe know when the first adult porno video was made on record? I was wondering how that might come about and what was the idea backing it versus how it is now?
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What was the first film adaptation of a comic?

I've been watching Danger: Diabolik (1968) and when I read the Wikipedia article I realise it's actually an adaptation of a comic book character called Diabolik which made it one of the earliest comic ...
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Cookie Monster's first appearance

I think to have heard that the Cookie Monster first appeared in a commercial rather than Sesame Street itself. Is this true? If not, where was Cookie Monster's first appearance if not in Sesame Street?...
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Pencils in the ceiling

I've just watched a Castle episode (S07E12) and this (pencils in the ceiling) scene (at 06:05) made me feel nostalgic, and smile. I know another similar scene from The X-Files [1]. Mulder's office ...
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What is the origin of the cat jump scare?

It has become cliche for horror movies to be full of false jump-scares, probably the most common example being that of a cat jumping out of the darkness and running away. There is even a cat scare ...
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What is the first movie to use a VCR (or recording device) to trick an adversary?

I was watching "Columbo: Playback", and the murderer uses a video security system to cover up a murder. It got me thinking, what was the first movie to use video playback to trick another character? ...
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Origin of montages with incongruously happy music [closed]

I'm asking about montages of some criminal or depressing thing that have a happy song underneath them. The first show I remember seeing them on is Breaking Bad, but I've also seen them on Stranger ...
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Which movie started the common practice of 2 sets of closing credits?

All movies have credits rolling at the end of the film. But some, many really, tend to have two sets of them. By that, I mean the first set tends to be very animated, and at the mid point, switch into ...
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Explaining wormholes using a sheet of paper

When explaining how wormholes work in movies its pretty common to see someone taking a piece of paper, folding it, and sticking a pen (or any other object) through it to show the folding of space-time ...
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First in-helmet shots (like Iron Man)

(I am aware of this question, but the question didn't word its request properly and as a result didn't get the desired answer) In Iron Man (2008), a common shot is used to let Robert Downey Jr. act ...
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Has this “lyrics with song” style of scene ever been done?

In the movie Baby Driver, in the Coffee Run scene, some of the lyrics of the song are plastered in graffiti on the walls while the main character walks to the coffee shop. ...
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What was the first movie to be re-released with additional scenes?

Avengers: Endgame is being re-released in cinemas, with the additional of a deleted scene and a couple of newly-filmed scenes. There have been plenty of jokes on social media about it being "the first ...
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What was the first crossover movie like The Avengers, using only movie franchises?

The Avengers is taking 4 separate movie franchises (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) and combining them all into one huge movie with all the main characters from each movie. Doing some ...
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First depiction of a quadruped robot-vehicle?

Episode 2 of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990) shows the baddies pursuing the main characters in a convertible vehicle, a submarine/ship that becomes a quadruped robot at some point of the ...
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First film to feature a real news reader playing themselves reading the news?

Does anyone know the first film to use a real news reader or TV presenter playing 'themselves' and reading the news? eg Larry King in Ghostbusters.
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What was the first film to use the sliding down a building with one arm move?

In Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool 2, characters with metal arms both slide down a building by sticking their arm into the building's facade and letting the resistance from breaking the stone ...
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Was Mojo Jojo the first mad scientist chimpanzee?

Essentially I'm trying to determine the earliest depiction of a chimpanzee as a Mad Scientist in film or television. Mojo Jojo was a notorious and powerful mad scientist Chimpanzee from Powerpuff ...
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What was the first movie to feature fast moving zombies?

I watched Lifeforce (1985) the other day. It's about a crew of astronauts that discovered an alien ship hidden within the tail of Halley's Comet. Littered all over the ship, there were countless ...
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Was Arrival the first movie with this plot twist?

The movie Arrival has an unusual kind of plot twist where This is, in my view, an interesting twist because it goes against the expectations of the viewer who is used to that plot device. Was ...
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Damsel in Distress on Rail Road Tracks [duplicate]

Excluding the mustache villian, what was the first movie to have a person tied to a train track? Did the movie scene come from a book?
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Which was the first reality competition TV program that used the now common format of eliminating one contestant each episode?

It's now a common trope of the genre, whether it's getting kicked off the island or being told "You're fired!" but somebody had to have come up with this first. Who created the episode-ending ...
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Origin of “red glowing eyes in the dark” trope?

I can't find/think of any examples off of the top of my head, but it is a common trope (especially in animated films) to show an area covered in shadow and have red eyes appear in the darkness. ...
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What was the first movie to show a crazy person's wall covered with photos & articles connected by colored yarn?

In movies such as A Beautiful Mind, a crazy / obsessed person will cover a wall with photographs and news articles, and connect them with colored yarn. (This is called link analysis). We've all seen ...
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When were animal masks first used in horror or espionage in cinema?

I have recently been watching the new Netflix TV series, The Umbrella Academy, based on the comic of the same name. Two of its villainous characters are deadly assassins on the hunt for the ...
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What is the first appearance of the F-bomb in a movie?

Having seen the incredible statistics on the frequency of the use of the word "fuck" in movies in this question: What is the sweariest movie ever?, I thought it might also be worth recording the first ...
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What is the first movie to show this hard work message at the very end?

What is the first movie to show this hard work message at the very end?
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What is the first movie to show bloopers at end credits?

I am not asking about post credit scene; I am asking about bloopers. I've done research and found "Rush Hour (1998)" is the first movie to show bloopers at the end of the movie. Are there any older ...
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Which is the first movie to show movie right after production logo without cuts?

While I was watching Sunshine (2007), Rings (2017) & Beauty and the Beast (2017). I noticed that the movie starts right after intro of production logo without any cuts. For example: Beauty and ...
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What is the first movie where the audience believes a dream sequence is reality until the character wakes up? [duplicate]

In Spy Kids (2001), Gregorio Cortez almost think that he smash the big guy into windows at school & all kids claps for it. even audience view the scene what he think. But in reality, he actually ...
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Does David Lynch's eerie atmosphere (closer to german “Unheimlich”), have a definition and clear origin?

One aspect that all of lynch's films have is that eerie feeling that something is not quite right, but I find that atmosphere to be different from pure surrealism. Did Lynch start this? Or does it ...
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What's the first appearance of Becoming the Costume that happens on Halloween?

What's the first appearance of Becoming the Costume that happens on Halloween? Something turns people into whatever costume they are wearing.
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What is the first example of warning messages about special effects being shown to audiences before a film?

I have seen two instances of a message of caution or warning being shown before a film to explain to the audience that a particular moment in the film with a special effect is meant to be part of the ...
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Origin of the Mustache Twirling Villain

Whenever someone thinks about silent cinema the image of the laughing villain, twirling his mustache, and tying the hapless blonde beauty to the railroad, pops up in our collective memory. But in ...
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When was the phrase “It's quiet, a little too quiet” first used?

"It's quiet, a little too quiet." We have all heard this famous line being used in many movies. What was the first movie to use this popular phrase?
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First film with a stewardess landing a plane

In its article about 1956 film Julie, starring Doris Day, Wikipedia claims that it is “potentially the first film to feature the subplot of a stewardess piloting a plane to safety, later used in ...
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Why do criminals whistle after doing something?

There's an old tradition in cartoons and comedies: criminals (mostly thieves) and bullies often whistle some tunes after doing something bad or when they are likely to be detected by police or guards. ...
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What was the first book that was split into two (or more) films?

It's become a trend for book adaptations, especially the last in a series, to be split into multiple movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 ...
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When did transparent data screens become a thing?

Sometimes sciFi movies don't do a good job of predicting the future. The majority, for example, had CRT-based displays more or less until flat screen displays became common in the real world (Alien, ...
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Which movie/tv started showing scenes after credit?

Usually marvel movies have some scenes after credits. Which movie started it all?
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What was the first film to include a post-credits scene? [duplicate]

We can see post-credits scenes in almost every Marvel movie - Avengers, Iron Man, and so on. Marvel make the post-credits scenes so interesting that we wait until after the movie ends just to see the ...
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The path-on-the-map scenes in Casablanca and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Early in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, we watch a path appear on a map to represent the movement of characters across the earth. This scene reminded me of the animation at the beginning of ...
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Was Kirk and Uhura's kiss in Star Trek really the first interracial kiss on TV?

It's been widely stated that the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren", airing on 22 November 1968, had "the very first televised interracial kiss", which was between Kirk (William Shatner) and ...
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When did the term wrangler start applying to things other than animals?

In movie credits, you will see wranglers of animals, such as horse wrangler, ant wrangler (Pi), tiger wrangler, etc. However, you will notice other things are wrangled, including children, ...
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First example of “super-wealthy steal younger bodies for immortality” plot?

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 ...
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What is the first occurrence of the helicopter(s)-chasing-a-car trope?

The helicopter(s)-chasing-a-car (or chasing a motorbike or other ground vehicle) trope is by now fairly well established in both live-action and animated television series and movies. See, for example:...
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First appearance of the realistic mask effect

What was the first movie to use the realistic mask effect - which appears to show a mask being removed that is indistinguishable from the actors face. Was it before the Mission Impossible series? ...
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When was “teal and orange” first used for night scenes?

Now we’ve all seen the trend for high contrast blue orange grading of movies. But when was the lightning scheme first brought in for shooting general night time scenes rather than using blue filters ...
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First occurrence of subliminal messages in film?

Subliminal messages in films isn't a new thing. They have taken many forms by flashing words for a single frame, using iconic images on props and product placements. There are also stories in the ...
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A movie that takes place entirely underwater [closed]

Preamble: This is not a recommendation question. It is a cinema history question. Have there been any movies that take place entirely underwater? Criteria: a feature film no above-the-surface scene ...