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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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In the documentary "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" (a film specifically about the topic of product placement), director Morgan Spurlock notes that one of the first recognized product placements was in the 1919 Roscoe Arbuckle comedy The Garage, in which a Red Crown Gasoline logo was displayed on screen. I expect watching the documentary would more than ...


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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 to our modern ...


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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 ...


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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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Since your question asks What is the first crossover movie? I'll submit two of the earliest I have found, depending on your definition of "crossover". For movie horror/sci-fi franchises, there is Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). But I think the earliest could be Laurel and Hardy's appearance in the Our Gang comedy short Wild Poses (1933). Both Our ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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Do you define bullet time as slow motion bullet dodging, or the spinny effect from multiple cameras in an arc? There's a slow motion scene in the first Blade film where you can see the bullets moving through the air, giving the target enough time to reacting and move out of way. Blade came out in 1998, a year before The Matrix. It's in the scene in ...


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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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According to IMDb there are only 17 movies (including shorts) that uses this rolling down credits technique, the earliest being just the one you used as example: Kiss Me Deadly (1955). In the list of movies that match this request there's also, as you mentioned, Seven (1999). Recently, the movie Next (2007) used this approach, making it the last to do so ...


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The link in Neil Baker's comment to Luke McKernan's "Tied to the tracks" article also gives a very detailed history of a woman being tied to the tracks, occasionally by the evil villain twirling his moustache. And all those who do know silent films know that such scenes were hackneyed even before films were invented, and the few films that did show them ...


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I would think Alien vs. Predator would be an example of combining franchises, which was released in 2004. While not a critical success (garnered only 22% Tomatometer), it did gross $80.2 million. It even spawned a sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007.


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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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The wikipedia page regarding alternate ending explained that: In movies, alternate endings are often filmed before being scrapped, and may be subsequently included as a special feature in the film's DVD release. These alternate endings are a special type of deleted scene. In other cases, ideas that were presented but discarded early on are alluded to by ...


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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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Seems taglines have been around almost as long as movies. There are a few online references for them. A quick search of an online database gives me one from 1915 for Birth of a Nation "The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan". There's also taglineguru.com that did a survey of 300 nominated taglines to come up with the top 100 of all time, and it's earliest ...


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This made me think of an 1913 movie that Mack Sennett made called Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life. If I recall correctly, this film featured not only a mustachioed villain, but a woman tied to the train tracks! Possibly the earliest version.


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Francis the Talking Mule first appeared on film in 1950: This pre-dates Mister Ed's TV debut by a decade. Notes: 1. The Wizard of Oz featured a talking lion in 1939, but that was obviously an actor in a costume so I assume we're not going to count it. 2. You might be able to find an earlier film with a talking parrot if ...


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I think you'd be hard pressed to find any evidence of a cliche 80s montage earlier than the one from Rocky in 1976. Obviously the idea of a montage wasn't new, nor even the idea of a training montage, but Rocky did combine those two elements with cheesy inspirational synth music, and that precise style was imitated in underdog action films ad nauseum ...


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