Best movie continuity mistakes of 1940

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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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Pinocchio picture Pinocchio mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When Pinocchio is locked up in the cage of Stromboli, Jiminy goes inside the cage lock, and he hangs his coat and hat on the outside of the lock. In the next shot, they have disappeared.

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Fantasia picture

Continuity mistake: When Mickey walks down the stairs from the fountain, he walks down twelve steps. Later, when he tries in vain to stop the enchanted broom from coming down these stairs, there are at least fifteen steps.

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe picture

Continuity mistake: Chapter 2: Freezing Torture. When Dale falls from the mountain, her pick stays on the top but she still has it in her hands in the next shot.

Dr Wilson

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The Sea Hawk picture

Continuity mistake: As the crew of an English ship are crouched down on deck prior to a battle with a Spanish galleon, one of them stands up and moves to the other side. As he does so part of the background projection (ocean and sky) is shown on his back.

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Swiss Family Robinson picture

Continuity mistake: The number of pirates assaulting the hillside keeps changing. There are hundreds of them, then fewer than thirty, then hundreds again. In many scenes, in fact, there are far more pirates than could possibly fit aboard their one small ship. (01:55:30)

Jean G

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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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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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Busman's Honeymoon picture

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.

Christopher Walters

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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. (00:27:35)

Jack's Revenge

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Rebecca picture

Continuity mistake: As the newlyweds are coming down the drive to Manderley, in an open-top car, it starts to rain. But before it does rain, the girl's hair goes from perfect to mussy. Her hair is made to look rained-on before it should.

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Continuity mistake: Trying to figure out how to move with the new heavy weighted horse shoes on, Spunky trips up all over himself and winds up spinning on his belly at the barn entrance. When he stops, he is facing the camera and his body is diagonally facing into the building. Then the camera cuts back as the peddler returns and suddenly Spunky is diagonally facing out of the building. (00:04:35)

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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 is searching for his contract in the waste-paper basket in Leon Schlesinger's office, he leaves some paper on the floor. But when Leon tells him to go back to work, we cut to Porky and the paper has gone.

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The Bear's Tale picture

Continuity mistake: The book that the wolf finds about Goldilocks has "Goldilocks" on the front cover, but when he throws the book away, the wording has gone.

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Donald's Vacation picture

Continuity mistake: When Donald Duck is reading the label on his folding chair, the label is initially straight but when we see the label in the next shot, it is now sideways.

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A Wild Hare picture

Continuity mistake: When Elmer first sees rabbit tracks, there are two big tree trunks in the background, but when we cut to Elmer in the next shot, the trunks have disappeared.

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Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip picture

Continuity mistake: After Mickey hides Pluto in his suitcase in Burbank, Mickey picks up his cane and runs to the train, then when Mickey actually jumps onto the train caboose he's only carrying his suitcase, he does not have his cane, nor does he have Pluto's suitcase (which had been filled with bones) with him. The cane reappears on the train later, and at the end Pluto's suitcase mysteriously reappears when Pete throws it at the duo in Pomona.

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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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