Best movie mistakes of 1954

Seven Samurai picture

Factual error: Toshiro Mifune's character, Kikuchiyo, travels to the bandits' camp and steals one of their two remaining fuselock muskets. Shortly afterward, the bandits fire twice at the samurai within five seconds with their last firearm. A fuselock takes as much as two minutes to reload, prime, and fire.

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Carmen Jones picture

Visible crew/equipment: There is a truck short of Dandridge dancing down the street and there is a spectacular reflection in an angled shop window of the entire camera crew leading the singer.

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White Christmas picture

Continuity mistake: When the General comes into the room for his surprise party the old lady and the granddaughter step back when he first enters then the camera cuts to another angle and they step back again.

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Rear Window picture

Continuity mistake: There's an oscillating fan near the ceiling that alternates between running and not running from one cut to another in one scene.

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His Majesty O'Keefe picture

Revealing mistake: When O'Keefe takes his bride-to-be Dolaroo to Hong Kong to be married, a 1950's truck goes past in the background. Unfortunately, the film is set in 1870.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea picture

Factual error: The giant squid's tentacles aren't shaped like ones in the real world are.

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On the Waterfront picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Terry is in the coop with all the dead pigeons, he is holding a dead pigeon in one of his hands, and he grabs the hook with the other hand. But when he stands up the pigeon and the hook have switched places.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers picture

Continuity mistake: In the barn dance scene Gideon is doing flips on the sawhorse. His shirt becomes untucked and then retucked between flips.

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Demetrius and the Gladiators picture

Continuity mistake: Caligula orders his chief gladiator to kill a prisoner so he can test the Robe's "powers". The gladiator stabs the prisoner with a dagger and straightens up. Look at the dagger and you'll see no blood on it.

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Sabrina picture

Other mistake: In analogy to David's mishap with the champagne glasses old Mr. Larrabee crushes an olive jar when he sits down. However, in contrast to David he puts the jar into the front pocket of his pants, and olive jars don't break even if you sit on them (remember what he did to one when he tried to get the last olive out.).

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The High and the Mighty picture

Deliberate mistake: After the airplane loses its propeller and descends to lower altitude, the cockpit constantly shakes due to turbulence, and the flight crew complains about it in one scene. However, when the camera switches to the passenger cabin, everything remains perfectly still and serene until the airplane is on its final landing approach near the end of the movie.

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Them! (1954)

Them! picture

Continuity mistake: When James Whitmore is attacked by the ant in the Los Angeles sewer system, James Arness arrives, firing an M-1 Garand rifle. In the next scene, he's armed with a Thompson submachine gun.

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Shield for Murder picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the opening scene, Edmund O'Brien grabs a bookie, drags him down an alley, and around a corner. When they round the corner, the entire boom and mic cast a huge shadow against a stark white wall.

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Jail Bait picture

Continuity mistake: After the operation to change Vic Brady's face, the first time the bandages come off, the scar on his forehead runs diagonal from the top of his nose to well above the eye. However when he's shot by the pool, the scar runs laterally across the middle of his forehead.

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Gojira (1954)

Gojira picture

Visible crew/equipment: You can see the wires leading from the planes as they attack Gojira.

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The Caine Mutiny picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene at Yosemite where Keith is waiting for May to have breakfast there is a big silver pot on the table. After May arrives the pot isn't there anymore.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon picture

Continuity mistake: When Richard Denning and Richard Carlson approach the boat ladder coming back from their first dive in the Black Lagoon, you can see the net hanging underwater just to their right. It already has the huge torn hole that is in it when they hoist it up after the creature is caught for a moment in a later scene.

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Brigadoon picture

Factual error: After Gene Kelly sings "The Heather on the Hill", he sees more heather on the other side of the bridge. He starts across but Cyd Charisse freezes in horror, since to cross the bridge would break the spell over the village of Brigadoon. She then drops some of her heather in the middle of the path and runs back to the village. The camera cuts to Gene Kelly chasing after her, but the heather dropped on the path has disappeared.

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Dial M for Murder picture

Revealing mistake: Just before Anthony Dawson is going to be stabbed to death by Grace Kelly with a pair of scissors, you can see for a very short moment that the scissors are already attached to his back.

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Beau Brummel picture

Visible crew/equipment: When the mad King George III hides from Brummel and the prince behind the draperies, the boom shadow makes a prominent appearance on the wall at the top right of the screen.

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Living It Up picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene containing the Jitterbug contest, the waiter removes Jerry Lewis' dinner plate to give him champagne. After a cut away to the emcee, the waiter again removes the same dinner plate.

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Ulysses picture

Factual error: In order to make Polyphem drunk, Ulysses and his men produce 'wine' by treading on grapes. Only thing is: without fermenting the stuff for a few months, all you get is grape juice, which is not even remotely intoxicating.

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The Runaway Bus picture

Continuity mistake: At one point bus driver Frankie Howard shins up a signpost to read road directions in the fog. The sign says WET PAINT and he slides down with his uniform jacket streaked and ruined. However, several minutes earlier, as he leans forward to peer into the night, Howard is already wearing the paint-stained jacket.

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River of No Return picture

Continuity mistake: When Marilyn Monroe tries to untie the raft and Robert Mitchum can just catch the rope it the river flows from left to right. Later, when they take off again together, the river flows from right to left.

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri picture

Visible crew/equipment: When William Holden is visiting Frederick March in the Admiral's cabin a boom microphone is visible near the air conditioning ducting in the ceiling. A shadow is seen, then the microphone drops down into the shot. The microphone moves a bit and then is raised.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene set during the King Arthur and the Round Table era we see the end of a battle scene. The camera pans in on some dead enemy and we see a man in a helmet face down. The scene then changes but comes straight back to the dead enemy. The man in the helmet has turned away as if to survey the scene before him. Within a second he turns his head back to the original "dead" position.

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Pigs Is Pigs picture

Continuity mistake: When Piggy is seated at the dinner table, there is a bowl of fruit with a yellow lid next to it, and Piggy has in front of him a plate with a spoon on one side and a knife and fork on the other. After Piggy's mother stops him from taking some fruit, we cut back to Piggy, and the bowl of fruit and yellow lid have disappeared, and he only now has a spoon by the plate.

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Continuity mistake: When Quacker walks off with the female duckling at the end of the cartoon, the female duckling's hat and umbrella are pink but in the next shot they are now blue.

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Continuity mistake: When Chip says "Fairy tales! Phooey!", he slams the book cover down and you can see that Dale is standing by the left corner of the cover, but in the next shot he is now standing by the right corner.

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Continuity mistake: When Sam swings into Bugs' cannon, he is holding a sword in his right hand. When he tries to retreat, the sword is missing, and after he is blasted by the cannon, the sword is back in his hand again.

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