The first jump scare in horror film history; that time Porky Pig swore; the first (and last) time Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton appeared on screen together; and the obscure British comedy routine that became the most repeated TV broadcast in the world.
The 1942 horror film Cat People features the first jump scare in film history – funnily enough, it didn’t actually involve a cat.
Want to hear Porky Pig say “son of a bitch”? Thanks to the Warner Brothers Christmas Party, you can.
The two masters of silent comedy, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, only ever appeared together once: in the 1952 film Limelight. This film also won Chaplin his only competitive Academy Award, although that wasn’t until 1973.
The comedy routine Dinner for One is traditionally screened on Northern European television every New Year’s Eve. And seeing as that tradition goes back fifty years, it may be the most repeated TV broadcast in history.
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