Best movie mistakes of 1951

Superman and the Mole Men picture

Visible crew/equipment: The furry suits the "mole men" are wearing clearly show the zippers up the back when one of them is going down a well.

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Continuity mistake: In the flashback scene where Dustin Hoffman is in the hotel bathroom on the floor, he puts a coffee mug on the toilet, then the view switches and when it comes back the mug is gone, never to be seen again.

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Westward the Women picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when all the women are dressed up after making clothes out of tablecloths, you can see the Italian woman riding in the front of the wagon. The shot changes and she's riding on the side looking at all the men and smiling. The shot changes again and she's back to the front.

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Alice in Wonderland picture

Factual error: In the opening credits, Lewis Carroll is spelt incorrectly, as 'Carrol.'

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The African Queen picture

Revealing mistake: When the boat is supposedly surrounded by a swarm of flies, they're really just relatively few flies trapped between two panes of glass in front of the camera lens. Evidence: whenever the camera moves, the "swarm" moves with it against the background, and you can even see some of the insects walking on the surface of the glass.

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man picture

Continuity mistake: At the detective agency, while Bud and Lou are talking to the murderer, the description of the murderer comes over the police radio, and it states "5 feet 11 inches, weighs 165, blue eyes, brown hair, last seen wearing a felt hat and dark borwn overcoat". Then 15 seconds later Bud says out loud, writing on a piece of paper the description "5 feet 10 inches, weight 165, blue eyes, sandy hair".

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The Day the Earth Stood Still picture
The Day the Earth Stood Still mistake picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Gort picks up Patricia Neal next to the flying saucer, you can see cables leading down to her body to keep her hoisted.

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Larry Koehn
Operation Pacific picture

Continuity mistake: When the Japanese ship is about to be torpedoed, there are no numbers or letters on its side. In the next shot, when the ship explodes, a large white "265" is visible on the port side of the ship.

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The Thing From Another World picture
The Thing From Another World mistake picture

Revealing mistake: The Thing takes a swing at the captain after the captain opens the door. As the Thing swings his arm, he takes out a chunk of wood out of the door. If you step through the frames on the DVD, you can see the wood leaving the door a full second after the Thing has hit it. A small explosive charge that was not in sync with the actor. You can also see the outline of where the wood comes off before he swings his arm. And one more thing, his arm does not touch the door or even comes close to where the wood comes off - a safety precaution I presume.

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Larry Koehn
A Place in the Sun picture

Continuity mistake: Alice Tripp is wearing different shoes when she starts walking home from the movie with George Eastman than she is when they are close to where she lives.

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When Worlds Collide picture

Continuity mistake: When the quake starts, Joyce Hendron runs to the arms of David Randall for protection. Ten seconds later, she again runs again to his arms.

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Quo Vadis picture

Continuity mistake: When the giant is fighting the bull, in the long shots the bulls horns are white, but in the closeups, they're black.

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Dennis Gannon
Strangers on a Train picture

Factual error: When Bruno is on his way to Union Station, he's heading on a bridge away from the Lincoln Memorial, which means he's leaving Washington D.C. for Arlington, Virginia, or in other words, he's going the wrong way.

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A Christmas Carol picture

Visible crew/equipment: Towards the the end, when Scrooge wakes up in his bedroom on Christmas day and is elated to know he is still alive, he goes over and looks in the mirror twice. Both times you can see someone in the mirror reflection in the background, possibly holding a script.

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Flying Leathernecks picture

Factual error: John Wayne's squadron lands on Guadacanal as part of the "Cactus Air Force" in August 1942. However, they are flying F6F-3 Hellcats, which were not available, even to the Navy, until the middle of 1943. To top it off, they are painted in a late-war camouflage scheme with late-war markings.

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Happy Go Lovely picture

Continuity mistake: During the final dance number, Vera-Ellen's skirt alternates repeatedly between long and flowing and short and tight - perhaps to facilitate some of the dance moves.

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The Man in the White Suit picture

Continuity mistake: When Hill disturbs Michael Corland at the table, he holds a piece of paper. The paper swaps hands between shots.

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Captain Horatio Hornblower picture

Factual error: All of the Lydia's lieutenants are wearing epauletes on their left shoulders.only lieutenant commanders were permitted to wear one on the left shoulder, while the right shoulder was reserved for captains of less than 3 years' seniority.

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The Red Badge of Courage picture

Factual error: Several union soldiers wading across the waist-deep river (and later climbing out of the river) are carrying the U.S. Springfield Rifle, Model 1903, which is a bolt-action, magazine-fed rifle (Note especially the soldier who climbs out of the river holding his rifle above his head.) instead of the historical accurate muzzle loading rifle. The Model 1903 was adopted by the US Army in 1903 and used in World Wars I and II, but not the American Civil War. For a picture of the Model 1903 Springfield Rifle, see: http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/Museums/Showcase/Myer/Myer-4h.htm.

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A Streetcar Named Desire picture

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film, Karl Malden is embracing Vivien Leigh. In one shot she has her left forearm against his chest, with her hand in the vicinity of his shoulder. In the next shot this arm is instantly around his neck.

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The Lavender Hill Mob picture

Continuity mistake: Early on in the film Alec Guinness is travelling in the back of a van transporting gold bars to the bank. He spots what he believes is a suspicious car following and asks the driver to stop to check it out. The next shot shows the van stopping outside a row of buildings in a London street. The driver gets out to let Alec Guinness out of the van and they are now parked by a low wall with an open vista (probably one of the many bomb sites in London at the time) and no buildings.The next shot then shows the van outside the buildings again.

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Only the Valiant picture

Revealing mistake: When The Indians launch their final attack (towards the end of the film), on a old outpost held by a small group of soldiers, Ward Bond is hit by a arrow which enters the right side of his chest. In the next shot you see Gregory Peck removing the arrow from the left side of Ward Bond's chest.

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An American in Paris picture

Factual error: There is a scene with Gene Kelly dancing at the top of the steps in Montmartre, opposite Sacre Coeur Basilica. In the background you see the lights of the Eiffel Tower. I have seen the view from the top of these steps, and the Eiffel Tower is not visible.

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Room and Bird picture

Continuity mistake: When Sylvester is knocked out by the spring-loaded cage, the position of Sylvester's tongue changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the overheard view of the dog grooming the cat, you can see there is nothing beside them, but in the next shot a blue ribbon suddenly appears.

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Putty Tat Trouble picture

Continuity mistake: When Sylvester and the orange cat take Tweety Pie's nest, you can see the outside of the nest is covered in snow. But when the two cats reach the bottom of the pole, the snow has gone.

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Rabbit Fire picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs is reading his cook book, you can see the book in close-ups has "1000 Ways to Cook a Duck" on the front cover. In other shots, the words are missing.

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Continuity mistake: After Sam is hit in the face by the rock, the rock lands by Bugs' hole. When Sam returns with a spade and starts digging, the rock has gone.

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French Rarebit picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs is making Francois look like a rabbit, he cuts up Francois' moustache to make whiskers. When Bugs says "You make a swell rabbit, Doc!" the whiskers disappear.

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Drip-Along Daffy picture

Continuity mistake: When Nasty Canasta is drinking at the saloon, you can see that he has a hairy torso, but when he sees Porky's toy soldier during his showdown with Daffy at the end of the cartoon, his chest appears clean-shaven.

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