Best movie mistakes of 1939

The Wizard of Oz picture

Continuity mistake: In the beginning while Dorothy is still on the farm, she walks along the pig pen fence and then falls in. When Bert Lahr picks her up out of there her dress is perfectly clean.

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Gone with the Wind picture

Factual error: Scarlett is seen walking on the main street on the way to the hospital. You can clearly see a light bulb in one of the street lights.

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Stagecoach picture

Visible crew/equipment: At Lees Ferry when the stagecoach is crossing the river, there is a shot from on top of the stagecoach. As the camera pans over to the river, a clear shadow of the camera and its film magazine are visible.

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Wuthering Heights picture

Continuity mistake: Cathy and Heathcliff run away from two dogs as they spy on the party and Heathcliff helps her up the wall. In the next shot he is already on the wall and jumps down.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington picture

Factual error: The filibuster scene gives the impression that the Senators were powerless to stop Jefferson Smith's speech. However, they can make a speaker shut up if at least 3/5 of the Senators vote to. From the Senators' reactions, a lot of them probably would have voted to silence Smith. (Clearly, if this had happened, the movie would be much less interesting).

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Of Mice and Men picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the beginning of the movie when Lennie and George are running along the train, you'll see several shadows along the train car, one of them is of two cameramen filming the scene.

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The Roaring Twenties picture

Revealing mistake: When a car drives by a store front and two hand grenades are thrown at it, the hand grenades bounce back into the street before the store blows up.

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Gunga Din picture

Factual error: The film is set during the late 1880's in India. The rifles/bayonets carried by all the British soldiers and Thuggee Indians are American 1890's Krag-Jorgensen rifles. Presumably done for ease of supplying American ammunition compared to British .303 ammunition.

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Andrew Upton
The Oklahoma Kid picture

Continuity mistake: Cagney and Ward Bond have a shootout while hiding at the opposite ends of the same moving boxcar. Early in the shooting sequence, Bond fires his gun frame right towards Cagney at the far end of the car and the muzzle flash from the blank round incidentally burns the surface of the wooden trim at the corner of the car. It is quite a large distinctive shaped burn, readily visible on the surface of the car occupying the right side of the frame. However the burn is also visible in all of Cagney's camera shots, still on the car in the right side of the frame, now behind Cagney as he fires frame left. Obviously, the two actors were photographed each taking all of their gun-shots in two sequences, using the space between the same two cars, one firing left, the other firing right. No camera move. Minimal lighting change.

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The Four Feathers picture

Factual error: Towards the beginning of the film, when Kitchener is shown inspecting Harry's old regiment, one of the African or Egyptian troops is shown to be wearing the Pattern 1914 Infantry Equipment, not made until 1914 at the earliest. Additionally, it has the 1918 modification to have two closing straps, so is over 20 years too late for the 1894 date at that point.

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Andrew Upton
Dodge City picture

Revealing mistake: When we see a wagon with a woman and several children in it, the horses get spooked and run. A woman is seen desperately trying to stop the runaway horses. In the next scene you can see the children are not real and the woman is a man dressed in a woman's dress, obviously a stunt man used for that scene.

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Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur picture

Continuity mistake: When Casper the Caveman takes off his caveman's outfit to go swimming, he puts his outfit near the edge of the bank. After Daffy says that he can't swim, he reverses back onto the land and goes and collects his suit, but this time the suit is now much further away from the bank.

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Continuity mistake: When the dog in the audience has his feet crushed by the hippopotamus sitting down on his chair, you can see that there is an empty chair next to the dog, but in the next shot the chair has disappeared.

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Juarez (1939)

Juarez picture

Character mistake: On the proclamation announcing a plebiscite on a proposed "monarchy", the adjective "monarchical" is misspelled "monarchial".

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Son of Frankenstein picture

Revealing mistake: The landscape seen through the window of the train as the Frankensteins travel repeats itself several times.

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