Best comedy movie mistakes of 1940

The Great Dictator picture

Continuity mistake: During the middle of the film, a butler comes in and out of the Dictator's office several times repeatedly. The door is open and shows the corridor outside the office, casting the shadow of a window off-screen. The shadow changes from small to big bewteen shots.

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The Mummy's Hand picture

Factual error: When Kharis is being examined by Petrie, he says that the lines on his face were caused by him being buried alive. In the next sentence he goes on to say that Kharis shows the best example of the embalmer's art that he has ever seen. Strange - if you're planning on buring someone alive you wouldn't embalm them first - that process would kill them!

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The Philadelphia Story picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where a drunk Connor visits CK Dexter Haven at his home after Uncle Willie's party, Dexter's pyjamas and dressing gown change from shot to shot. First his pyjama top is done up, then it is open, then done up, then open again.

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His Girl Friday picture

Continuity mistake: While eating lunch with Walter, the front angle of Hildy shows her hands down. The rear angle shows her hand on her cheek.

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Jack's Revenge
Road to Singapore picture

Continuity mistake: In the first fight scene aboard the boat, Ace's hat falls off his head. He then breaks through a door and falls down. As he stands up, the hat reappears on his head.

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Continuity mistake: Near the beginning Harriet Vane produces tokens for herself & Lord Peter Wimsey of miniature handcuffs with one cuff "open to symbolise we're giving up on crime". She puts hers on as a bracelet. Immediately after & several times throughout the film it's clear hers is a set of closed handcuffs.

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Christopher Walters
The Shop Around the Corner picture

Continuity mistake: As he is talking, Jimmy Stewart is writing on small boxes and placing them in a pile. He sets one down, and when the camera changes, he's suddenly got one in his hand again.

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Jack's Revenge
Go West picture

Continuity mistake: Baxter and Beecher are riding in a horse-drawn wagon. As they go across a bridge, the train carrying the Marx Brothers approaches. Baxter and Beecher leap off the bridge, one jumping to the right and one jumping to the left, but they are side by side when they land in the river below.

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You Ought to Be in Pictures picture

Continuity mistake: When Porky Pig is beating up Daffy Duck off screen, some paper flies out and lands in front of the doorway. When Porky comes out after finishing the fight, another piece of paper appears from nowhere.

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Continuity mistake: When Elmer places the carrot by Bugs' home, the rabbit tracks around the hole keep disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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Donald's Vacation picture

Continuity mistake: When Donald Duck throws the chair umbrella onto the ground, the background behind him changes between shots.

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Elmer's Candid Camera picture

Continuity mistake: When Elmer is reading his book at the beginning of the cartoon, you can see it reads "How to Photograph Wild Life" on the spine, but when we see Elmer in the next shot, the words have gone.

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Saps at Sea picture

Continuity mistake: Stan puts the half-folded newspaper down on the boat's galley table. One shot later, the paper is completely unfolded and covering the table.

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The Bear's Tale picture

Continuity mistake: When Papa Bear is drinking from the hot water tap after eating the hot porridge, the tap handle changes position between shots.

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Puss Gets the Boot picture

Continuity mistake: After the mouse is revived by water from Jasper, he goes up to the cat and you can see that the mouse's left hand is under Jasper's mouth, but in the next shot his hand is now near the whisker area.

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