Best movie mistakes of 1956
Visible crew/equipment: At the beginning of the big party sequence, there is a beautiful swooping crane shot that ends by tracking in on a big picture window. Unfortunately, the window is set in a deep frame on the side of which you can clearly see the shadow of the camera and camera operator.
Continuity mistake: During the alien's assault on the ship, one crewman is seen near the spaceship's stairs firing a weapon. However, the weapon is pointed at a forty-five to sixty degree angle - at this angle, he would hit the bottom of the ship, not the alien that is much farther out.
Revealing mistake: A couple cross the road to enter Victoria Coach Station, London. There is the noise of a coach braking hard and they throw themselves away from a coach just inside the entrance, which obviously was not moving at the time. They walk into the station and talk to an inspector, while the same coach is driven out of the entrance past where it is supposedly parked.
Continuity mistake: Near the end, Eddie knocks down a thug who tries to stop him from putting Toro into a cab. The man's hat falls off and lands on the concrete. He gets up as the cab drives away, then turns to retrieve the hat, which has now moved itself off the sidewalk and into the bushes.
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Factual error: Towards the middle of the movie when when the British submarine leaves port with the Man Who Never Was onboard, it is flying what appears to be an American flag. The flag is visible for about ten seconds and if you look closely, you can see the field of blue of the stars and stripes in the upper corner.
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Continuity mistake: When Frankie punches Barakov, pushing him through the window, not only do you see the wires lifting him, but it is obvious that the inside of the building is a studio set as not only does the window get broken, but also the wall above it is torn. The wall is obviously made of paper and the scenery outside the building is a painted backdrop. And when the angle changes to outside the building, only the window is broken but the wall is intact.
Factual error: Two grave markers at the end, approximately one hour and 27 minutes into the film, have the date of November 7, 1889, on them. The script made it clear that the climactic gunfight between Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford came on a Sunday. Ford was called out of church services, for example. According to The World Almanac and Book of Facts, November 7, 1889, was a Thursday, not a Sunday.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Robert Wagner and Buddy Ebsen are in a fox hole note the position of the bullets in their boxes. One lot is further away from the pole holding the shade canopy and in a closer shot it's now changed position and closer to the other bullets. The shot then changes again and the bullets are back to their original position as seen earlier.
Continuity mistake: The opening scene states the date as April 10th 1865, the day of the train station robbery. Siringo tells Vance at the school money-raising event that the robbery took place 8 weeks ago, but when Clint is buried at the end, his death is April 25th 1865, only 2 weeks after the robbery.
Factual error: The Yonah in the film, portrayed by a 1920's-built replica of an 1830's vintage engine with a 4-2-0 wheel arrangement, is significantly different from the actual engine. The real life Yonah, built in 1849, had a 4-4-0 wheel arrangement just as the General and Texas engines. Also, the Yonah had a cowcatcher, a headlight, and sand box, all of which the engine in the film lacks.