Best movie mistakes of 1957

The Deadly Mantis picture

Continuity mistake: At one point, the gigantic title character knocks over a city bus. For a moment, the word TONKA can be seen on the underside of the vehicle.

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Jailhouse Rock picture

Continuity mistake: In one scene, Elvis Presley's prison uniform displays the number 6239, yet in another it becomes 6240.

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A King in New York picture

Continuity mistake: When Chaplin is inside the elevator, the hose changes from being tied knee level to hip level, depending on the shot.

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Funny Face picture

Visible crew/equipment: During the "How Long Has This Been Going On" number, Hepburn dances by a mirror - reflected in it are the camera crew, desperately trying to get out of the image.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai picture

Factual error: When William Holden visits the Special Operations HQ for the first time a black vehicle is seen pulling in to the complex. The car is a 1948 Dodge or other Chrysler product which had not yet been manufactured.

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Old Yeller picture

Deliberate mistake: At the beginning of the movie Mr. Coates tells his wife that he will be gone "all of three months, maybe four." The first time we see Bud and Elizabeth Searcy she tells Travis that her dog is pregnant and that Old Yeller is the father. We then see her dog that does not look very pregnant. The next time we see Elizabeth she presents Travis with one of the pups. The problem is that the pup that was supposedly just born is about 4 months old.

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Gunfight at the OK Corral picture

Other mistake: When Kirk Douglas 'appears' to pull a knife from his collar and throw it into Lee Van Cleef's chest, you can see Kirk pick the knife up from a trough in the front edge of the bar. The knife is already in his hand when he reaches to pull the knife from his collar.

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The Seventh Seal picture

Factual error: In the last scene of the chess game, you can see that both the Knight and Death have castled. Castling was introduced to the game of chess in the 16th century, well after the film is set.

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison picture

Revealing mistake: Allison is wounded by a grenade fragment while disabling the Japanese 105's. But when his bloody shoulder is first seen, the blood stain is visibly too bright for real blood.

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Desk Set picture

Continuity mistake: When Katharine Hepburn carries the white carnations out of the elevator (which have just been given to her by Gig Young), they turn pink when she steps off the elevator and walks outside.

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Silk Stockings picture

Continuity mistake: When Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse are dancing among the parallel bars, her skirt changes to cullottes then back again to an ordinary skirt.

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Factual error: In the film the scientists are discussing the growth rate at which Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is experiencing. The scientists explain that the heart is made up of just one cell, but this is not correct.

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The Monolith Monsters picture

Continuity mistake: When the group go out to inspect the house damaged by the monoliths, the dirt around the rocks is white while the rest is dark. The professor squats down and picks up white dirt in his left hand and dark dirt in his right hand, then calls the geologist. In a close up, he opens his hands and the dirt colors have changed hands - the shot has been reversed.

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Hell Drivers picture

Continuity mistake: At the start of the film when Tom is doing his trial run, he is forced off the road to avoid crashing into two oncoming trucks, driven by Johnny and Red. His truck has the number thirteen number board on the front, which isn't on it during any other time during the trial run, although it's on the truck for the rest of the film.

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Just My Luck picture

Plot hole: If Ashley kisses somebody, her good luck is passed on to them. However, Ashley kisses Chris Hemmington before she kisses Jake, so shouldn't Chris Hemmington have her luck?

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12 Angry Men picture

Deliberate mistake: When Henry Fonda decides to recreate the old witness's ability to get to the door in 15 seconds, he asks another juror to time his walk. The scene never cuts away, yet the juror who times it says it took 41 seconds when in reality it takes closer to 30.

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The Enemy Below picture

Factual error: When the UBoat changes course, Andrews, operating the radar repeater, is immediately able to provide the bridge with the target's new course and speed. This would be impossible without extensive calculations and at least range and bearing plots once the target has steadied up on the new course, either figured on the scope screen or on a maneuvering board. One must remember that both vessels' courses and speeds must be taken into account when making computations, and the relative direction of a target's travel most often is not its true course.

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An Affair to Remember picture

Revealing mistake: An open water shot of the Constitution shows the wake from the camera boat.

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The Spirit of St. Louis picture

Factual error: While flying across the U.S. before the Atlantic attempt Stewart lands and exits the plane. While doing a quick inspection of the airframe he approaches the engine and puts his hand on one of the radial engines cylinders which would have still been several hundred degrees, so should have resulted in a serious burn.

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Hellcats of the Navy picture

Factual error: As the movie opens, the submarine is dispatching frogmen to acquire Japanese mines that are sonar-proof. The problem with this is that in order to locate mines by sonar, either the mines must make noises to be picked up by passive hydrophones, or the submarine has to start pinging with active sonar. Doing this makes the submarine vulnerable to any enemy listening in. I can't imagine a submarine venturing into a mined strait, announcing to one and all, "Here I am"..

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3:10 To Yuma picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Glen Ford shoots the stagecoach driver dead, the body falls to the ground. Glen Ford gives the order to put the "dead" man on the saddle of a horse. When the men lift him up, the "dead" man puts his right hand up onto the shoulder of one of the men.

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Paths of Glory picture

Continuity mistake: According to one of the characters, the firing squad is drawn from the 3rd Battalion of the 701st Infantry Regiment, the same regiment as most of the other characters. However, all the members of the firing squad (except the officer and sergeant, who are credited characters seen elsewhere in the film) have "710" on their collar patches. This can be seen when the sergeant, who has "701" on his collar patches, is briefing them.

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Gonzales' Tamales picture

Continuity mistake: When the mouse is serenading the female mouse with his guitar, she throws down a flower at him and there is only one leaf on the stem. But when Speedy Gonzales comes along and takes the flower, there are now three leaves on the stem.

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Boston Quackie picture

Continuity mistake: When Quackie catches up with the mysterious man at the railway station, he walks up to the carriage of the train and you can see there is nothing on the carriage, but in the next shot writing appears.

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Ducking the Devil picture

Continuity mistake: When we first see Daffy, there is a post box and a doormat by the pond where he is reading his newspaper. But when the Tasmanian Devil arrives, the post box and doormat have gone.

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Show Biz Bugs picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs pulls the two sawn boxes apart to demonstrate to the audience that Daffy has been cut in half, there is a saw on the floor. But when Daffy jumps out of the box in the next shot, the saw has disappeared.

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Birds Anonymous picture

Continuity mistake: When Sylvester is unable to sleep at night, the camera pans in on his eyes and you can see that he has his head on the pillow when this happens, but in the next shot he is lying flat out on the bed.

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Ali Baba Bunny picture

Continuity mistake: When Hassan is trying to remember the magic word to open the cave door, you can see there is a burrow tunnelling under the entrance, but when we return to Hassan trying to remember the word later on, the burrow has disappeared.

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Three Little Bops picture

Continuity mistake: When the three pigs are listening to the wolf playing his trumpet in Hell, the position of the double bass behind the pig who is playing the piano changes between shots.

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Tabasco Road picture

Continuity mistake: After the clock strikes three, the camera pans in on the exit of the mouse hole at the Cantina and you can see there is nothing above the hole. When the mice exit the hole in the next shot, the word "Cantinita" has appeared.

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