Which was the first "sequel" ever?

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  1. Roland Wandinger

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    While listening to the soundtrack from "Bride Of Frankenstein" yesterday I was asking myself if BoF was the first sequel to a movie ever since it was produce very early in the last century, 1935?
     
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    Every movie title in the world just evaporated from my brain, but I know there were sequels before Bride. It didn't take Hollywood long to figure out that sequels were profitable.
    I know Douglas Fairbanks did a couple of Zorro movies in the '20s, and Rudolph Valentio did a couple of Sheik movies around the same time. Somebody else around here probably has a more definitive answer.
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    I'm pretty sure that the first sequel ever made was Son Of Kong, produced and released in 1933, the same year as King Kong.
    Now that's fast. [​IMG]
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    Do serials count?
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    I remember a TV programme about this some time ago. I *think* the answer is something like 'Zorro' or similar. However, I do know that, excluding serials, the movie with the largest number of sequels (as in the same central character) is Sherlock Holmes.
     
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    It depends on your definition of a sequel. Charlie Chaplin played the same character (the tramp) in many early silents, so in some sense those could be considered sequels.
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    Not to mention the idea of a sequel is not limited to film. Obviously books and plays were doing it long before film was invented.
     

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