Best movie mistakes of 1936

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Follow the Fleet picture

Revealing mistake: In the first scene on Ginger's sister's boat that's being refitted, one of the seagulls (yes they used real seagulls) flies over the stern end right into the cyclorama and takes a nose dive to the stage floor.

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Modern Times picture

Continuity mistake: During the visit of the Minister in jail, Charlie sits next to the Minister's wife. The distance between them varies between shots. (00:30:40)

Dr Wilson
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Things To Come picture

Revealing mistake: When Cabal and Passworthy look upon the distant searchlights from their doorstep, it's plain that the "beams" of light are really just solid dowel rods being swung about.

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Great Guy picture

Continuity mistake: After the bad guys frame Cagney for drunk driving and stage an auto accident, the smudges on his face change shape and position several times between shots. (00:27:30)

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Winds of the Wasteland picture

Factual error: John Blair rides for the pony express, which operated until October, 1861. However, all of the handguns in the movie are cartridge Colts, which did not come into existence until 1871.

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The Plainsman picture

Continuity mistake: In this scene we see several Government Officials talking in a room. One of them, while talking, is playing a game. The game is to balance the lid of an ink bottle on the end of a ruler and over the ink bottle. When the ruler is flicked rapidly gravity would do the rest and the lid would fall into the ink bottle. Things don't work to plan and the lid falls on its side. In the next wide shot, the lid is right side up and a little distant from where it fell earlier.

keiko
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I Love to Singa picture

Continuity mistake: In one shot of the auditions at the radio station, the sign on the desk reads "Jack Bunny and his Amatuer Hour." In other shots, the error is corrected.

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The Texas Rangers picture

Factual error: This movie takes place post-civil war, and Fisher, in his first discussion with General Cortinas refers to the "Republic of Texas" being ripe for the taking. Texas ceased to be a republic in 1845, when it joined the United States.

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Charlie Chan at the Opera picture

Factual error: Charlie Chan claims that mixing hydrochloric acid with ferrocyanide of potassium is mixing two acids. Ferrocyanide of potassium is not an acid. (00:27:00)

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The CooCoo Nut Grove picture

Continuity mistake: When we see "Ben Birdie" on the stage at the start of the cartoon, he is surrounded by a piano, tuba and a drum, but when a mouse appears out of the tuba in the next shot, the drum has completely disappeared.

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