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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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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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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High Diving Hare picture

Continuity mistake: During the show, Bugs Bunny is interrupted by a knock on the door which he goes to see. At this point you can see there is nothing by the door, but in the next shot a light appears. The light then disappears when he goes back to the audience.

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Curtain Razor picture

Continuity mistake: Throughout the cartoon, there are pieces of white paper underneath the pad on Porky's desk that keep disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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Bad Ol' Putty Tat picture

Continuity mistake: When Tweety hits Sylvester with a baseball bat while he is bouncing on the trampoline, you can see that Sylvester is positioned face down but when he lands on the trampoline in the next shot, he is now lying up.

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Long-Haired Hare picture

Continuity mistake: When Giovanni Jones is holding a singular G note at the concert, his trousers burst and fall down to his feet. But when Bugs Bunny steps outside to order a pair of ear muffs, look at Giovanni and you can see his trousers have disappeared.

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Wise Quackers picture

Continuity mistake: When Elmer is introduced to his food at the table, it's close to him, but in the next shot, it's far away from him.

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For Scent-imental Reasons picture

Continuity mistake: When we see the cat sitting down by the door, Pepe speaks to her from a window above the door. The window was not in the previous shot when Pepe was chasing her.

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Donald's Happy Birthday picture

Continuity mistake: When Huey, Dewey and Louie return to their home after buying the cigars, you can see that the wrapping paper is brown but when they are in the tree house, the paper is now light blue.

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Honey Harvester picture

Continuity mistake: When Donald Duck first notices the bee in his greenhouse, he is holding a watering can in his right hand. The watering can has disappeared when he tries some of the bee's honey, and in the shot after that, it is back in his hand again.

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The House of Tomorrow picture

Continuity mistake: In a full view of the oven, inside the oven door the chicken's legs are white, but in the next shot, the legs are now brown.

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