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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Tarzan's Magic Fountain picture

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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Suggested correction: He is reluctant to speak English at the start possibly to avoid trouble but later decides otherwise.

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Sands of Iwo Jima picture

Continuity mistake: As John Wayne leaves the landing craft he loads a stripper clip into his bolt action 1903 Springfield rifle. A minute later his rifle has changed into an M-1 Garand.

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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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Bowery Bugs picture

Continuity mistake: When the old man asks Bugs why Steve Brody jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, the position of Bugs' carrot on the plaque changes between shots.

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Frigid Hare picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs dons his top hat and tails and tells the penguin, "I've always wanted a nice long formal vacation", he takes the penguin by his left hand. When the two are walking along in the next shot, Bugs is now holding the penguin in his right hand.

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Bye, Bye Bluebeard picture

Continuity mistake: When we see the radio at the beginning of the short, there is a chair positioned next to it. But when Porky walks past the radio after trapping the mouse in his hole, the chair is now by the wall.

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Curtain Razor picture

Continuity mistake: When the turtle who says he is "The Man with 1000 Voices" is standing at Porky's desk, you can see he has his hat in his hand, but in the next shot he is wearing his hat on his head.

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The Windblown Hare picture

Continuity mistake: When the Big Bad Wolf comes to Grandma's house, the handle on the front door is initially on the right, but when the Wolf orders Grandma out of the house, the handle is now on the left.

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All in a Nutshell picture

Continuity mistake: When Chip and Dale fall out of the tree after Donald had drilled in a hole in it to get some nuts, Dale lands on the ground and you can see there is nothing on the bottom of the tree. But when we see Dale just a few seconds later, he is now sitting next to the tree and grass has suddenly appeared.

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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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game picture

Continuity mistake: When Sinatra comes down to Esther Williams to serenade her by the pool, she has just been swimming. When she meets up with him by the tree she is dry as a bone. Even her swimsuit is dry.

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