From the archives: Film firsts

The first (accidental) 3D film, the surprising origin of the Wilhelm Scream, the first damsel in distress, and the first closed captions.

Infernal Cauldron

The French film-maker Georges Méliès accidentally created a 3D film in 1905.

Sheb Wooley

The Wilhelm Scream sound effect was voiced by the singer of Purple People Eater.

Mabel Normand

Mabel Normand was the first actor in film to be tied to railroad tracks, and may have also received the first pie-in-the-face.

Emerson Romero, a deaf silent film star, invented the first closed captions.

One Reply to “From the archives: Film firsts”

  1. Tied to the tracks, and *then*, pie in the face? That sounds like quite a movie!

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