Best movie mistakes of 1958

Ice Cold In Alex picture

Factual error: In the final scene there is a shot which shows a Land Rover in the distance. Land Rovers were not built until after World War 2.

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Run Silent Run Deep picture

Continuity mistake: Every time we see the Nurka fire a torpedo, regardless of whether the order was "fire one," "fire two," or even "fire five" or "fire six," the torpedo is always seen leaving exactly the same tube.

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South Pacific picture

Other mistake: In the opening scene on the airplane, one of the men tells Lt. Cable, "The captain wants to know if you'd like to sit up in the cockpit with him?" Buzz Adams, the "captain" referenced in this line, is only a lieutenant. Admittedly, "captain" is a standard aviation term for the pilot of an aircraft, but it would be unlikely to be used in this situation, since the term has a specific military meaning.

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Revealing mistake: Joe is much too old to be in high school. He appears to be in his thirties (the actor playing him was 35 at the time).

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The Vikings picture

Continuity mistake: When Kirk Douglas smashes through the chapel window near the end of the film, you can clearly see that the window isn't stained glass - it's colored paper. Or perhaps papier-mache of some sort.

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The Big Country picture

Revealing mistake: When McKay and Ramon are riding into Blanco Canyon to rescue Julie, you can see a diesel loading shovel with its bucket raised in the bottom of the frame of one of the scenic shots. Presumably the scene was shot in a quarry and they didn't get all the equipment out.

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Horror of Dracula picture

Continuity mistake: In the final sequence where Dracula's foot has been disintegrated by the rays of the sun, his foot is seen firmly attached again seconds later as Van Helsing confronts him with a makeshift cross. In the scene Cushing, with his back to the camera, steps forward quickly from the foreground to cover the area where Lee's foot is briefly seen as having not been disintegrated.

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Vertigo picture

Continuity mistake: In the final scene, pieces of Madeleine's hair-do come down in the struggle up the bell tower steps. At the top of the tower, before she falls, her hair is in perfect shape again.

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Other mistake: Both sides (American & German) use the same tanks! The American tanks have white stars painted on them, while the German tanks bear white Maltese Crosses.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof picture

Continuity mistake: After Maggie (Liz Taylor) goes outside to confront Brick at the car during a raging rainstorm getting thoroughly soaked, she appears a short time later in the drawing room in the same dress, immaculate hairstyle and makeup, looking like she hadn't seen a single drop of water.

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No Time For Sergeants picture

Continuity mistake: When Will Stockdale is at the Purple Grotto, at one point the cup full of liquor is at different levels.

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The Space Children picture

Visible crew/equipment: When the aliens blast off at the end of the film, the bright light causes the shadows of the actors and vehicles, etc, to appear on the painted backdrop of desert and sky.

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It! The Terror from Beyond Space picture

Continuity mistake: The interior of the ship is quite spacious, a central atrium on each level, with crew quarters and storage spaces opening off it. Yet, when the two officers take a space-walk down the length of the ship, it appears to have a diameter of less than 20 feet.

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The Badlanders picture

Factual error: As the stagecoach rolls into Prescott, Arizona, the road winds among hundreds of Saguaro cacti. Prescott is far beyond the northern limits of the Saguaro.

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Dunkirk picture

Revealing mistake: When Corporal Bin's group of men eventually arrive at Dunkirk, they speak to a soldier adding sandbags to a Vicker's gun position. Here (and later on in the film when it is shown firing) it has a blank-firing adaptor prominently fitted to the front. Additionally the belt of ammunition shown going through it is filled with blanks - no bullets project outside the other side to that of the actual cartridge cases.

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The Blob picture

Other mistake: In the scene where everyone is running out of the theater most are cracking up.

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A Night to Remember picture

Factual error: When the ship is being launched a champagne bottle is smashed against the hull. Harland & Wolff, like many shipbuilders, did not smash champagne bottles against the hull.

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Gigi (1958)

Gigi picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Isabel Jeans is telephoned by Madame Alvarez and told that Gigi has refused Gaston's advances, she gets out of bed and walks across the bedroom. As she passes a cheval (full length) mirror a pair of retreating jean-clad legs and a hand feeding out cable can be seen in the reflection.

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Torpedo Run picture

Other mistake: In the opening scene, as Captain Glenn Ford is watching a Japanese freighter travel right to left through his submarine's periscope, the freighter is actually going backwards. The bow of the ship is on the right, not the left, as it should be.

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Continuity mistake: In order to tiptoe across the tacks without being hurt, Tom puts a metal gauntlet on his feet. At this point, you can see the floor is completely covered in tacks, but when Jerry and Nibbles are at the same spot a little later on, the tacks have disappeared.

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Separate Tables picture
Separate Tables mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When Major Pollock sits down at his table in the dining room, he takes the napkin's ring off and after it falls he places the ring on the table and the napkin on his lap, but when John says, "Good morning," the Major's napkin is rolled in its ring and back on the table, then it's gone again.

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Darby's Rangers picture

Other mistake: During training, when the men are running and the two British men come out of the bushes then shoot at the ground, there are 3 rows of bullets going past but only 2 guns being fired.

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Carry on Sergeant picture

Continuity mistake: When the Bayonet is thrown at Strong, it is thrown with the butt of the rifle facing left, but is caught with the butt facing right.

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Robin Hood Daffy picture

Continuity mistake: When Daffy is standing on the branch of the tree ready to jump off, he is holding on to a rope. When the camera angle changes to behind Daffy in the next shot, the rope is missing.

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The Tunnel of Love picture

Revealing mistake: In the opening credits, Richard Widmark is driving a car with Doris Day in the passenger seat. Widmark does not turn the steering wheel, even though the rear-screen projection shows him going around a curve.

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The Old Man and the Sea picture

Continuity mistake: After the old man has brought his fish in - really only the skeleton, after the sharks and other fish have devoured the fish - he goes straight to bed. The next morning, the boy goes to the bar and asks for coffee, with milk and sugar. But when the boy pours the coffee into a small tin cup, it is black, not a drop of milk to be seen.

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Audio problem: When Bugs says "I just hope I will be in one piece, so I can appreciate it", his mouth is not moving.

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Home Before Dark picture

Plot hole: Jean Simmons is supposed to actually be correct about her husband being in love with his sister in law, and not insane. When she enters the nightclub acting weird, in a dress too large for her and hanging off her, exposing her brassiere, she is completely out of character. She is not drugged at this point, as she stopped drinking the paraldehyde before this.

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Tot Watchers picture

Continuity mistake: When Jeannie is on the settee talking on the telephone, the cord is missing in some shots.

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A Pizza Tweety-Pie picture

Continuity mistake: When Sylvester sucks the spaghetti into his mouth after thinking he has captured Tweety, you can see bowl next to him is full of spaghetti, but when he is clobbered on the head by the mallet, the bowl is empty.

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