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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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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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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

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 ...
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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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First use of on-screen text messages, like in Sherlock and House of Cards

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. ...
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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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Is Léa Seydoux the first person to be in both Mission: Impossible and a Bond film?

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 ...
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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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Was Cary Grant the first actor to say "gay" onscreen?

It's indeed most likely this was the first instance of this usage. Plenty of sources support this theory. The term Gay had definitely become a sexualized term by the 17th century to mean "...
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Which movie/tv started showing scenes after credit?

The Muppet Movie (1979) was the first movie with a post-credit scene according to this Wiki page which lists all films with post-credit scenes.
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What's the origin of the "'ello, gov'nor" line?

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 ...
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First appearance of a predominately black cast in a TV show

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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Which was the first reality competition TV program that used the now common format of eliminating one contestant each episode?

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. ...
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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 Disney animated film was the first to feature blood?

Seeing that you're after short ones as well, The Winged Scourge from 1943 (which stars the 7 Dwarves) not only features blood graphically and in close-up, it's practically about it, since it's an ...
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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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Which was the first movie remake?

Perhaps the earliest remake is The Squaw Man: The Squaw Man (1914), followed by The Squaw Man (1918), asserting the first full-length feature remake was in 1918. These films--and even the subsequent ...
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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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The origin of the loss of the Fourth Wall?

According to TVTropes, the first use of this was in 1895!: [The breaking the fourth wall trope] dates back to the Lumière brothers and the first films made for publicviewing in 1895—specifically, ...
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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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