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Was Kirk and Uhura's kiss in Star Trek really the first interracial kiss on TV?

No, it was not the first There are a couple of reasons for initial suspicion of this claim. Reviews of the episode when it first aired did not comment on the fact that it was the first interracial ...
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Where and when does the "idea" light bulb appear for the first time?

Where does this metaphor come from? The term "bright" to mean "clever" seems to have originated/evolved in the 18th century.. By the mid 1700s, the term was being said to ...
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First example of "ringing in ears" sound design?

I have unashamedly copied a paragraph from this rather comprehensive article covering tinnitus as a movie trope - The Cine-Files - The Tinnitus Trope: Acoustic Trauma In Narrative Film They are ...
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What's the first movie to use a prop to destroy/control an entire world?

Some of the examples in your question are technically not "props", so I will answer what I think you're really trying to ask, rather than following the exact wording of the question. In KoKo'...
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What was the first TV show or movie where the viewer could hear a character's thoughts?

Wikipedia calls it Stream of Consciousness and it's a literary device dating back to the 19th century. More recently it's been referred to as Inner Monologue The oldest movie might be Alfred Hitchcock'...
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Who came up with the "death trap" concept?

The use of death-traps far pre-dates films and TV series, dating back to novels and theatrical productions. Take the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb [1892]. To quote from a ...
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What's the first movie with a plot twist?

I don't know if it was the earliest, but certainly one of the earliest plot twists (and the earliest notable one that I know of) was the ending of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920). The film uses ...
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What is the first movie to show this hard work message at the very end?

The answer you're looking for is Taken 2, released in 2012. I didn't know about this message but I found the following article illuminating: Fox kicks off campaign to educate consumers on economic ...
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Which movie/tv started showing scenes after credit?

The very-first end-credit scene was apparently from The Silencers movie which was released in the year 1966 based on this article The first modern post-credits scene seems to be the tag at the end of ...
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When were digital effects first used in film or TV?

From Wikipedia: First digital animation in a feature film The first feature film to use digital image processing was the 1973 movie Westworld, a science-fiction film written and directed by novelist ...
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What was the first movie to feature both black and white as well as color scenes?

If you include early hand colored scenes, then it might be 1916 Joan the Woman. Black and white silent feature with colored scenes (burning at the stake) This was the first film to use the ...
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What was the first film to depict the American military as villains?

In Gone With The Wind (1939) the Union army is hated and feared by the main characters. The Union army besieges and burns Atlanta. They pillage the plantation Tara. In the context of the movie, from ...
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What is the first animated cartoon?

Pauvre Pierrot were painted images displayed through Praxinoscope. While Fantasmagorie, uses the modern techniques known today, that later were used by Disney.
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Is The Ethel Waters Show lost media?

I approached this from the opposite direction. Rather than trying to find if one specific broadcast survived, I instead looked for the earliest method of recording a live broadcast. Other than some ...
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Which movie was the first to use the technique where the camera zooms in on a TV screen and then transitions to the scene shown on the screen?

It's really just a modern take on Orson Wells' Citizen Kane (1941) 'through the skylight' shot - though the transition is smoother due to advanced editing/CGI techniques. In the original they try to ...
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What was the first film to depict the American military as villains?

The trouble with this is it's a matter of perspective. Watch any sci-fi movie from the 50s & see the US Army behaving like it's a skeet shoot every time an alien turns up, no matter how friendly ...
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Who came up with the "death trap" concept?

How does Daniel in the lions' den sound, for a Biblical example of exactly this trope?
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What was the first film to depict the American military as villains?

Little Big Man (1970) follows a native American (Dustin Hoffman) who keeps getting tangled up with (from Wikipedia) "the villainous practices of the United States Cavalry", such as killing ...
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Where and when does the "idea" light bulb appear for the first time?

Felix the Cat was the first to use the light bulb as a metaphor for a bright idea. In the early twentieth century, Felix the Cat was the world’s favorite animated animal. (...) The anthropomorphic ...
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What was the first movie to feature a person seated on a toilet?

As a starting point, IMDB has a rather marvelous feature called "keywords" where users create tags for possible features of a film then tag films that contain such scenes or elements. It's a fun way ...
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What was the first film to depict the American military as villains?

The Birth of a Nation (1915) During the American Civil War, the Union Army, also known as the Federal Army and the Northern Army, referring to the United States Army,...
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What was the first film to depict the American military as villains?

A wikipedia search for antiwar films yielded the 1948 film Fort Apache, with a villainous commanding U.S. Army officer played by Henry Fonda leading his troops in a bungled, suicidal attack, and with ...
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What was the first movie entirely shot from a first person POV?

Lady in the Lake (1947) was a film noir shot entirely in the first person POV, with the exception of 2 scenes where the protagonist broke the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Taken from ...
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What's the earliest example in comedy of someone reading out the prognosis as the patient quickly suffers them all one by one?

Let's try The Sword In The Stone (1963) to begin with. Anything earlier?
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What was the first 3D movie?

From Wikipedia, excerpt on 3D films: The first 3D feature film was Nat Deverich's 5-reel melodrama Power of Love (US '22), starring Terry O'Neil and Barbara Bedford. It premiered at the Ambassador ...
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What is the earliest instance of a film where none of the protagonists survive?

Most likely All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). All of the main characters die during battle. If you want a movie where everyone dies, it might be Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). That ...
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What was the first film to depict the American military as villains?

Short Circuit (1986) film has the US military as the villains, though it's a kids movie and I don't believe there are any deaths. You are definitely rooting against the military here. Bringing in more ...
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What was the first book that was split into two (or more) films?

The earliest I have come across is The Tiger of Eschnapur (1938) or Der Tiger von Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb or Das indische Grabmal (1938) both based on a book Das Indische Grabmal (1918) by the ...
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What's the earliest surviving TV sitcom? Key word is "surviving"

Possibly the earliest surviving TV sitcom is The Life of Riley starring Jackie Gleason which aired on NBC from October 4, 1949 to March 28, 1950 (Wikipedia). The entire series was filmed and all 26 ...
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First explicit mention of money in Star Trek

The TOS Episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" explicitly mentions spending "credits" on tribbles. Cyrano Jones is clearly an entrepreneur of sorts, so it's likely that "credits" are actually some form ...
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