Best movie continuity mistakes of 1949

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Samson and Delilah picture

Continuity mistake: In the final destruction-of-the-temple scene, the huge statue of Dagon starts to topple head first, but in later shots it is sliding towards the camera feet first. This is because director Cecil DeMille was not satisfied with the first take and had the temple re-erected then collapsed a second time. Shots from both destructions are spliced together in an exciting sequence, but rather puzzling architectually.

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All the King's Men picture

Continuity mistake: In an early scene at Broderick Crawford's dinner table, his wife comes in to pour a cup of coffee. Half the coffee she pours ends up in the cup, the other half she spills on her hand and the table, yet no one seems to notice.

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The Secret Garden picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mary is eating her oatmeal while Martha is talking to her, take a look at Martha. While talking to Mary she spits out a piece of bread she was eating and this causes the little girl who plays Mary to momentarily slip out of character and smile (almost ready to laugh).

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Love Happy picture

Continuity mistake: When Harpo is playing Russian Roulette, one of the villains claims that the gun has "four bullets" in it. One shot is fired at Harpo, and four by him, totaling five shots.

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Little Women picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jo comes home from New York and sees Beth sick on the sofa, she gives Beth a music box. Beth opens the lid to the music box and in the next shot, the camera is pulled back and Beth opens the lid again.

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Continuity mistake: In the very last minute of the film, Cheetah (the chimp) drinks some water that was from the fountain of youth and instantly changes into a baby chimp. But the baby chimp is a different species - a monkey with a long tail - and appears fully grown for that type of monkey.

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Adam's Rib picture

Continuity mistake: During Adam's summation, the close up shots of Amanda show different reactions to his speech. The long shots show her just sitting there, not reacting. This goes back and forth several times.

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White Heat picture

Continuity mistake: In the film's final scenes at the fuel storage facility, full sunlight is streaming through the overhead rafters. Moments later, it's completely dark and the plant's floodlights are all turned on. A few shots further on, the lights are off and it's daylight again.

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The Third Man picture

Continuity mistake: When the butler tells of Harry Lime's death, at the start of the conversation he can hardly speak English. As the conversation goes on, his English gets better and better, until at the end it's perfect with just an accent.

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Senor Droopy picture

Continuity mistake: When the announcer tells Droopy and the wolf about the prize they can have if they win the bullfight, there is a red wall behind the announcer that keeps disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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Hare Do picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs is at the theatre, you can see he a man sitting next to him when he finds his binoculars, but when Bugs sees Elmer in front of him, we cut back to Bugs and the man next to him has disappeared.

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High Diving Hare picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs tells the audience that Fearless Freep will be unable to perform his high diving act, he has the telegram in his right hand. When Yosemite Sam comes on to the stage, look at Bugs and the telegram he was holding a few seconds earlier has disappeared.

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The Windblown Hare picture

Continuity mistake: When the Big Bad Wolf throws the case at Grandma, you can see the front door is closed but in the next shot it is now open.

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Bad Ol' Putty Tat picture

Continuity mistake: When Tweety goes around the corner of his birdhouse to the washing line, there are initially two pegs on the line but in the next shot there is now one.

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Hatch Up Your Troubles picture

Continuity mistake: When the mother woodpecker leaves the nest for lunch at the beginning of the cartoon, she puts a sign saying "Gone for lunch - back 10 minutes" on the nest, but when Jerry returns the baby woodpecker to his nest later on, the sign has disappeared.

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Bubble Bee picture

Continuity mistake: When the bee sees that his home has been destroyed, you can see that he is standing next to nothing but in the next shot he is standing next to one of Pluto's footprints.

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All in a Nutshell picture

Continuity mistake: When Chip and Dale attempt to move the large walnut (Donald's workplace), you can see there is nothing next to Chip, but in the next shot a stone has appeared.

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Awful Orphan picture

Continuity mistake: When Charlie Dog puts down his stick after revealing the word "Me" on the flip chart, the stick is initially pointing towards the chart. A few shots later, the stick is now by Charlie's foot.

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Bowery Bugs picture

Continuity mistake: Bugs dresses up as a man with a carnation and you can see he has a pink carnation on him when he meets Steve Brody for the first time. But when Bugs says "What's up, doc!" to Steve later on, he has no carnation.

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Bye, Bye Bluebeard picture

Continuity mistake: When the mouse (hidden in a vase) tiptoes on the table at the start of the short, the bread on the plate is initially pointing up, but in the next shot it is pointing down.

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