Best drama movie mistakes of 1953
Other mistake: During the final shootout in the saloon, young Joey yells, "Shane, look out!" Alan Ladd whirls around and his gun goes off. But the gun isn't pointed anywhere near the bad guy who is standing on the second floor balcony. Shane more than likely shot the furnace that was off to the right. Yet, the bad guy still manages to do a face plant on the barroom floor.
Continuity mistake: Several dark marks appear then disappear and then reappear at different times on the Loomis's front door to cabin B. The marks are there during the party when George Loomis storms out and breaks the record, but then they're not there as Marilyn walks back into the room after speaking to the Cutler's.
Factual error: When Lt. Dunbar is being interrogated in the Commandant's office you can see a map on the far wall. It is a map of Germany dictated by the Treaty of Versailles which ended World War I because it shows E. Prussia separated from Germany and does not include the annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia. These annexations were completed before the start of World War II in '39 and certainly before late '44, early '45 when the film took place. It is highly unlikely any German officer would have this map displayed not only because it's inaccurate but because it displayed the territorial losses brought on by the humiliating defeat of World War I.
Factual error: If we are to assume that the British cruisers were Dido class with 5.25" guns, the assertion that the Essen would outrange them by 5000 yards is pretty much true. However, in order for the Brits to launch torpedoes, they would have had to close to inside of 20K yards, well within range of their main guns. Thus said, if the British cruisers were any of their 6 inch gun class, there would have been no advantage in range.
Visible crew/equipment: John Payne leaves a theater after getting into a fight after being tricked by actress friend Evelyn Keyes during an audition. As he walks out the backstage to the back entrance, the shadow of a crew member (possibly the camera operator) can be seen on the wall as Payne passes by.
Continuity mistake: While Schatze's getting ready for her wedding, when Pola comes in she tries on the fur stole and instead of putting the fur stole back on the bed it slips onto the floor, but when Loco walks in with Eben the fur stole is lying on the bed beside the fur coat, though it wasn't touched. Pola's fur wrap near the flowers has also moved.