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It Came from Outer Space

Continuity mistake: Barbara Rush aims a death ray to the right and above of Carlson. The scene changes with Carlson ducking and now the ray is to the left of him at waist level. The ray hits the rocks behind Carlson for several seconds, but it doesn't start breaking the rocks up on the wall until Barbara swings the ray from left to right.

Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: The opening narration says the season is late spring, or otherwise a warm season of the year in Arizona, yet many people are wearing wool suits, coats and long-sleeved shirts during the day. At one point, the sheriff's dialogue even discloses that it is 92 degrees (and no air conditioning).

Revealing mistake: Richard Carlson almost falls into a hole in a cave. He catches himself and then a rock falls into the hole. The rock must have been some ten feet away, to his left, from where Carlson stumbled.

Larry Koehn

Visible crew/equipment: A lizard has a string on its right leg. It looks like it was used to restrain the lizard until the director was ready for it to move.

Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: As the spaceship heads back into space, it leaves the same way that it crashed - they reversed the film.

Larry Koehn
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Visible crew/equipment: Opening credits (also a few minutes in) has a fiery spaceship crashing into the camera for this was a 3D movie. What's interesting is that a mirror can be seen on the left portion of the screen just before the collision. This was apparent at the theatres and on the VHS tape release. For some reason, the DVD release has it cropped out and now the spaceship is off-centered at the beginning (fortunately the bonus material still shows it).

Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: Rocks and soil begin to collapse all around Carlson. When he climbs back up to the rim of the crater to Barbara Rush, he doesn't have a speck of dust on his clothes. Then a few shots later (seconds) he does have dust, then he doesn't.

Larry Koehn
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Visible crew/equipment: The alien takes a stroll through the Arizona desert after crashing. The animals are frightened and run away with the exception of the owl. The bird has a string tied to its left leg and someone off camera yanks it, and the bird screeches and does a complete flip while flapping its wings. It looks hilarious - poor owl.

Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: Carlson touches a conical drive generator which was shooting rays into the spaceship. The cone swivels a few degrees to the right, but the rays don't move.

Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: The old telephone repairman is shot at by the posse as he is driving his repair truck. The bullets hitting the windshield leave black marks, but it is hard to tell if it is a special type of glass or paint balls when the "bullets" hit. Why? There are NO holes in the windshield as you can see in the close-up of the actor in the truck face-on.

Larry Koehn

Plot hole: An alien transforms into Russell Johnson with clothes on. Yet at various times through the movie, the aliens have to go to their victims home to get their clothes. I guess a naked Russell Johnson (the professor on Gilligan's Island) would have been too much for 1953 audiences. (The aliens in this movie were highly neurotic about their looks.)

Larry Koehn

Visible crew/equipment: Richard Carlson decides to take a closer look at the crater. While he pauses on the floor of the crater, you can see crisscrossing shadows on his jacket from the film equipment.

Larry Koehn

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Trivia

According to the bonus material on the DVD, the monster was used as an after thought. The director and writer thought the audience's imagination would suffice, but the higher-ups at Universal felt otherwise.

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