Best drama 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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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.

Jack's Revenge

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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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
Rebecca picture

Audio problem: When Maxim gives Mrs. De Winter the bunch of flowers, right after they are married, she says a few times "lovely", the last time she says it, her mouth is closed.

Santa Fe Trail picture

Factual error: The movie "Santa Fe Trail" (1940) starring Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan and Raymond Massey, is the story of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859. The president is shown to be Abraham Lincoln, who wasn't inaugurated until February of 1861

The Grapes of Wrath picture

Other mistake: Noah, the brother, just disappears from the movie with no explanation at all.

The Mortal Storm picture

Other mistake: It's the Professor's 60th birthday and the candles on his cake must be the trick type - they keep going out as the cake is carried into the room, but they quickly come back on again. But when it comes time for the Professor to blow them out, there's no problem - he blows them out easily.

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