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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 kiss, nor seem all that bothered by it. References to it being the first didn't show up until many years later. So what was the first? First ever on TV (...


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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 describe children who were clever or displayed an intelligence remarkable for their age. A hundred years on, the word meant a combination of all these, a meaning akin ...


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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 discussing silence vs. whistling noise/ringing in ears [tinnitus] ...although Arthur Hiller’s The Out of Towners utilized the effect as early as 1970, ...


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French gentleman thief Arsène Lupin battles the English detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1910 German drama film serial Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes. Wikipedia says: A contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941) was the creator of the character of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin who, in Francophone countries, has enjoyed a ...


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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 wiki on the subject: The engineer Victor Hatherley is trapped inside a hydraulic press which would crush him to a pulp. Escape method: a woman working for the ...


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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 the framing device of a man named Francis sitting on a bench with another man, telling him the story of his encounter with the villainous Dr. Caligari and his ...


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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 Michael Crichton, in which humanoid robots live amongst the humans. John Whitney, Jr, and Gary Demos at Information International, Inc. digitally processed ...


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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 The Silencers, a 1966 James Bond spoof starring Dean Martin, according to the site What's After the Credits? The scene in question parodied the familiar James ...


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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 impact of film and TV. Fox has begun, with theatrical release of Taken 2, placing end cards on its movies with the message: "The making and legal ...


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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). This had ramifications and resulted in the Salkind Clause: For their daring, the Salkinds have gone down in legal history: actors' agents and lawyers adopted ...


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A lot of people seem to think Juggernaut is the earliest film to use the "wire dilemma" trope. I found references to it everywhere from Amazon reviews to rap lyrics. Slightly more reliable references include: Movies you should own: Juggernaut (Terror on the Britannic) The first film to develop the 'red wire/blue wire' dilemma, it's a tense piece ...


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The earliest Disney animated movie I can find is Sleeping Beauty, from 1959, which shows the Dragon being slain by a sword, showing some blood. I found this picture, I see no reason why this picture is not genuine... In live action movies, in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), Captain Nemo (played by James Mason) is shot whilst boarding the Nautilus. He ...


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It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in both versions, and he was also joined by the original series writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The IT Crowd also suffered a US pilot in which Richard Ayoade ...


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Spaceballs (1987) has this scene, in which the villains watch... Spaceballs, including the scene they're currently in. Even at YouTube image quality, you can see at least three levels on the screen — and, of course, the number of implied levels is infinite. (The two-level version shows up as early as Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. (1924), so I'm sure ...


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Contentious. Most sources claim Robert Altmans MASH* contained the first 'Fuck' in a major motion picture, it was already the first for other things (first use of sound bridging!) so it's happy to push boundaries. It was actually only the first Hollywood film to do so. That being said, the climax of The Graduate (1967) features a scene in which Ben ...


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How does Daniel in the lions' den sound, for a Biblical example of exactly this trope?


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The record for most extras is with 1982 classic Gandhi, which used over 300,000 extras for the funeral scene. IMDb Trivia snippet: 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral sequence. About 200,000 were volunteers and 94,560 were paid a small fee (under contract). The sequence was filmed on 31st Jan 1981, the 33rd anniversary of Mohandas K. Gandhi's ...


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Happened across this very nifty video series on film analysis, and the creator actually has an entire video devoted to the art of depicting text messages (and computer messages in general) on-screen. His video indicates that the earliest film he could find that depicts on-screen text messaging is All About Lily Chou-Chou, a Japanese film from 2001. A more ...


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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 black cat, with his white eyes and a giant grin, was unable to speak because of the limitations of the medium, but Felix’s emotions and thoughts were projected ...


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Wikipedia lists Inspiration (1915) as the first film with non-pornographic nudity. For films that were intended to be erotic or pornographic, you have to go at least back to 1896 for Le Coucher de la Mariée (or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma), where cabaret performer recreated her striptease act during a bath scene. The short film was ...


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No. German actor Andreas Wisniewski starred in both franchises (and in Die Hard!). He is best known for his portrayal of Necros in the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights and as Max's henchman in the 1996 blockbuster Mission: Impossible, and as one of Hans Gruber's (Alan Rickman) henchmen, Tony, in the 1988 blockbuster Die Hard. Update: Actress Michelle ...


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The oldest I know is "The Great Train Robbery" (1903). There is a youtube clip, see scene 4, approx. in minute 4ff There are more information about the film at: Wikipedia IMDB


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I realize I'm ludicrously late for this, but the very first parody film was The Little Train Robbery, made in 1905. It was a parody of The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, which had the same director.


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It's important to note the sociological underpinnings of the high school film. From 1900 throughout the 1920s, most Americans lived in small rural communities. They usually only had one school, and by the time children were of high school age, they were usually working on the family farm or apprenticed to a vocation. Thus, there was no "stereotypical" high ...


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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 to explore questions like this. Sitting on a toilet (126 titles) is indeed such a tag. If we sort that list by date, the earliest "sitting on toilet" film is, ...


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Definition: parody a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way. I would nominate the Laurel and Hardy movies as parodies of the originals. Movies were still in their infancy when Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy created shorts and full length feature films in the 1920s with ...


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The OED cites 'guv' and it's variants as entering the language in 1852 via Punch magazine. This is when the word 'guv-ner' was popularized. I originally thought Oliver Twist (1948) was the first movie to use the line " 'ello guv-nor ". However I found an earlier movie Convict 99. Here's a link. The morning governors start at 40:11, they end 40:16.


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Amos and Andy ran from 1951 - 1953. It is credited as the first black sit-com. It was a spin off of a radio show that started in 1928.


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The show most commonly known as the first reality competition where a contestant is eliminated in each episode is Expedition Robinson, the Swedish predecessor of Survivor, that first aired in 1997. From Wikipedia: Expedition Robinson is a Swedish reality television program in which contestants are put into survival situations, and a voting process ...


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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 the Raymond Chandler novel of the same name, it was adapted to the screen and directed by Robert Montgomery, who also "starred" as the character Phillip Marlowe....


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