Best movie mistakes of 1956

Written on the Wind picture

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.

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The Searchers picture

Other mistake: There is a scene where a dead Indian warrior is discovered. In this scene he is covered by a large flat piece of stone. When they pull away the stone you can see his chest rising and falling as the "dead" Indian breathes. Much easier to see when viewed in HD.

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Alexander the Great picture

Factual error: Alexander's copy of Homer is a codex, or bound book, not invented for another 400 years or much used for 600 years.

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Around the World in 80 Days picture

Revealing mistake: In the scene out West with the buffalo, notice the car driving in the distant background.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers picture

Continuity mistake: As Miles and Sally drive away from the train station her hand is resting on the passenger side window. In the very next shot her hand is by her side.

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Forbidden Planet picture

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.

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers picture

Factual error: The aliens request a meeting with Dr. Marvin on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, near Washington DC. However, the shot of him driving along the shore line shows mountains in the background, which don't exist in Eastern Maryland.

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Giant (1956)

Giant picture

Continuity mistake: When Luz is talking to Jet on the phone for the first time, from the front she's fiddling with the phone cord with her left hand. When it cuts to the reverse, however, her hand is flat on the desk.

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Ten Commandments picture

Revealing mistake: When the parted Red Sea comes together, if you look behind Pharaoh as his troops are being engulfed by the water, notice in the background that there are two boulders floating in the water, not being pushed, but floating lightly.

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Continuity mistake: There is a "No Riders" sign that keeps appearing and disappearing on the window of the jeep, from one scene to another, fron shot to shot, throughout the entire film.

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The King and I picture

Continuity mistake: When they are dancing the king's earring is on his left ear then it somehow jumps across to the other ear.

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Lost (1956)

Lost picture

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.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much picture

Visible crew/equipment: When James Stewart tells Doris Day that he lied about the telephone call being from the hotel, Doris gets excited and James struggles with her on the bed. During that scene, you can see on the upper left corner a shadow of a microphone.

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The Battle of the River Plate picture

Continuity mistake: In the final shot, just as the credits are rolling, the British warships are sailing away with the sun setting behind them. In an earlier scene the radio commentator says that the sun is setting and a shot of the sun touching the surface of the sea is shown.

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Moby Dick picture

Continuity mistake: When Ishmael is in bed watching Queequeg looking around his room, his head rotates between shots.

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The Harder They Fall picture

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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Bigger than Life picture

Visible crew/equipment: When James Mason goes into the bathroom for his cortison, he opens the mirrored cabinet door and Nick Ray [director] is clearly visible in the mirror.

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Pardners picture

Factual error: The movie takes place in the early 20th century (1910s or 1920s or so). When Dean and Jerry are riding in a RR cattle car with its doors open you can clearly see parked automobiles from the 1950s through the open door of the train car.

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The Creature Walks Among Us picture

Visible crew/equipment: At the climax, when the creature escapes and begins throwing furniture around, you can clearly see the wires attached to the pieces of furniture.

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High Society picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where George takes Samantha into the lounge room to lie down, as she reclines on the lounge you see the shadow of the boom microphone on the ceiling moving.

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The Man Who Never Was picture

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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Who Done It? picture

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.

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The Fastest Gun Alive picture

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.

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Lust for Life picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Van Gogh cuts his ear off, he smothers his right ear with a towel to stop the bleeding. As the movie continues, we notice that throughout the whole movie his left ear was the one missing not the right ear as initially portrayed.

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Between Heaven and Hell picture

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.

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Stupor Duck picture

Continuity mistake: The editor's office has a door handle on it when Cluck Trent is standing by it, but when Stupor Duck has entered the office, the handle has gone.

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The Mountain picture

Continuity mistake: When Robert Wagner falls, halfway up the mountain, Spencer Tracy's rope, which is attached to Wagner, runs through his hands, making them bleed, but, finally, he gets a grip and he pulls Wagner up. As we see Tracy's rope, as it slowly comes up, but there is no blood on it.

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Autumn Leaves picture

Continuity mistake: Milly is sitting up in bed with a pillow behind her. As the camera angle changes from facing her to behind her the position of the pillow keeps changing. In a shot of her the corner of the pillow is below the top of the headboard. The camera cuts to behind her and the corner of the pillow is above the top of the headboard. Burt walks in and sits on the bed causing the pillow to drop below the top of the headboard, but when the camera cuts to behind Milly the corner of the pillow is again above the top of the headboard.

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The Proud Ones picture

Continuity mistake: At the very end of the show when Marshall Cass Silver gets in the carriage with Sally, Sally enters first sitting her on the right and him on the left. When the next scene shows them riding off together in the carriage, they have switched sides.

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Fire Maidens of Outer Space picture

Visible crew/equipment: When the monster supposedly falls into a pit behind the altar at the end of the film, look at the left side. The mat the actor lands on visibly bounces into view.

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