The Long Night
Anatole Litvak (US, 1947, 101 min.)
Henry Fonda plays Joe Adams, a "regular guy" in a "regular town" somewhere along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border in this American remake of Marcel CarnÚ's Le jour se lŔve. In the opening scene of the film, a shot rings out and a wounded man emerges from an apartment and tumbles down a flight of stairs. The police arrive, and Joe Adams, behind the door of the apartment, refuses to come out, holing himself in his room. As the standoff continues and the police attempt to get him out, much of the rest of the film is told in flashback.
As Joe and Jo Ann (Barbara Bel Geddes, in her film debut) begin courting, Joe visits her at her house for the first time, and as he sits on her be, he notices a strip of photos in her mirror. He gets up and goes over to the photos, showing him in six poses. "Hey, I know that guy from somewhere. Say, I think that's real thoughtful of you, puttin' up pictures of someone I happen to know, makes me feel right to home." The photos are square, and may not actually be real photobooth photos, but are clearly meant to seems like they came from a photobooth.
Later on in the film, the police begin another attack, this time from the hallway. They blast the door to pieces, so Joe barricades himself in with his bureau. As the shots come through the bureau drawer, the door swings open to reveal a matching strip of six photos of Jo Ann. As he looks at the strip, he hears in his head the following exchange: "Candid camera, six for a quarter." Then a photographer's voice, saying, "Sit still miss, Look at your friend here, and smile pretty now." Then Joann saying, "Stop making faces, Joe!" He reaches out, slams the door shut, and hides in a corner. "Candid camera, six for a quarter? Candid?" he asks himself. "Straight and honest," he answeres, leading into another flashback.
Thanks to Steve for the tip on this, now the earliest appearance of a photobooth strip in any film we've yet found (true when I wrote that; since pre-dated by Lonesome).
Contributed by Brian