Best movie mistakes of 1931

Frankenstein picture

Revealing mistake: There is a large painted hanging cloth backdrop of clouds in the mountain scenes near the end of the film. Vertical streaks can be seen in the backdrop that are the pleats in the fabric. These streaks really stand out in the restored versions of the film.

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City Lights picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when the blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill),sees her tramp benefactor for the first time Chaplin's hand jumps back and forth away from his mouth in sucessive shots.

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M (1931)

M picture

Revealing mistake: When the camera is tracking in to Peter Lorre whistling in the cafe, part of the screen gets noticeably darker because the camera is blocking one of the lights. This happens in other scenes, noticeably, when the camera makes shadows.

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Dracula picture

Other mistake: In the scene where Renfield enters Dracula's castle, it is past midnight and on the outside, it is dark. But there is a LOT of bright light streaming through the windows into the castle, throwing well-defined shadows.

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Beau Hunks picture

Continuity mistake: Stan and Oliver lose their rifles when they tumble down the sand dune, but when they reach the bottom, they still have the rifles in their hands.

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Pardon Us picture

Continuity mistake: The second-story room of the prison warden's daughter is on fire and she is screaming for help. Stan has trouble connecting a fire hose to a water valve and Ollie winds up completely drenched, but in all the following scenes where Ollie is using a ladder to try to rescue the woman, his clothes are dry.

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Continuity mistake: When Stan and Oliver are speaking to the ice-cream salesman, the amount on the till reads "05", but after Oliver has given him the money to pay for the ice-cream, the amount is now "10."

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