Best movie mistakes of 1959
The best and biggest movie mistakes of 1959. Vote as you browse around to help the best rise to the top! Show entries not limited by year.
Continuity mistake: In the scene towards the end of the film where Tarzan is having a fight to the death with Slade, Tarzan manages to put the wire noose around Slade's neck. Next shot you see is Slade losing his balance at the edge of the cliff and about to fall. The noose somehow comes off Slade's neck and is discarded by Tarzan (to the right side): it falls on the cliff and appears to stay there. The next shot, Slade falls to his death and his body is on a rock below. Mysteriously the pole with the noose falls out of Slade's hand into the water. This scene is on Youtube - Tarzan's Greatest Adventure Pt 2.
Revealing mistake: When the UFO makes the huge flash that knocks everyone in the cemetery down, one of the police officers kicks a tombstone as he falls and it wobbles back and forth.
Revealing mistake: During the chariot race, where the contestants are riding towards the screen, tyre tracks from the camera vehicle are clearly visible imprinted in the sand.
Continuity mistake: When Colonel Marlowe blows the bridge near the end of the film, a pair of spectacular explosions ensue, tossing planks and beams into the air. However, as Hannah Hunter gazes at his retreating form, the bridge is still intact.
Continuity mistake: After the boy's Noel-Coward-lookalike father says, 'Et les fruits?', goes into the kitchen, and disappears out of shot, watch the cat on top of the bookcase to the left of the door. Before the boy runs into shot, the cat suddenly changes position and a mysterious lens flare appears on the right of the screen, showing that it's actually two shots edited together.
Factual error: The evil fairy states that Princess Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle - the part of a spinning wheel that holds the bobbin. Spindles aren't sharp; what Aurora actually pricks her finger on is the distaff, which is used to hold the fiber before it is spun.
Continuity mistake: The escape train stops at a station at which another train has been the site of a massacre. One of the victims of this massacre has his head leaning out of a railway carriage window. As Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall from the escape train walk about the station, he can be seen raising and then lowering his head again as he realises that the 'take' is not complete.
Character mistake: In the scenes in San Diego, all the scenes outside the sub are taking place during daylight hours. Immediately after the crewman relays the message about the mysterious telegraph transmission, the scene shifts to the sub. The commander asks what time it is in Melbourne and is told it is 1500 hours (3PM). But if it were that time in Melbourne, it would be 10PM in San Diego, and thus not during daylight hours.
Other mistake: Mick the orderly is Irish throughout the film, but when Nurse Dawson bumps into him and says, "You clumsy oaf," Mick's reply, "Look who's talking," is said in a London accent.
Continuity mistake: James Mason meets the villain (Thayer David) who holds a gun on Mason and the rest. Mason outwits him by throwing salt into his face to blind him. When the salt hits his face, he closes his eyes (too early) before impact. The salt impact hits the right side of his face. An angle change occurs and we see a close-up of him (or a stunt double - his hair is different) and the salt hits the actor squarely in his face with his eyes open to the last microsecond. The scene changes back to show Mason and the villain with the salt on the right-side of the villain's face again with him in agony.
Plot hole: When the Allies blow up the airfield they pour gunfire from the backs of the trucks into the tents where the Japanese soldiers are eating. If you watch carefully you will see that the Allied guys in the truck nearest the screen are pouring lead through their comrades in the other truck. Another classic case of 'friendly fire'.
Continuity mistake: When Wilby goes into his bedroom, he takes out his PJ's from the bureau drawer, leaving the drawer open. He goes into the bathroom to put on the PJ's. When he comes out of the bathroom, the drawer in the bureau is closed.
Factual error: Atop the desk in the Captain's stateroom is a model of a 5"/25 wet mount gun. The 5"/25 was designed for, and mounted on, U.S submarines; however, it was not introduced into service until 1944, and this is set at the start of World War 2.
Factual error: The movie is set in Cardiff but the Transporter Bridge seen at the beginning of the film is really in Newport.
Continuity mistake: When Bugs shoots Sam in the face when trying to shoot a can, the can lands in front of Sam. In the next shot, the can has disappeared.
Other mistake: A police officer fires two shots, hitting a bank robber in the back. The "bullets" do not make holes in the robber's coat. All they do is create two tiny puffs of dust.
Continuity mistake: When Witch Hazel is chasing Bugs Bunny up the castle tower, Bugs throws a stone through the window before Hazel appears from behind the curtains. When we see Bugs dressed up as Romeo, the glass panes have disappeared, and when we see Hazel dressed up as Juliet, they are back again.
Continuity mistake: Susie, a six-year-old girl, leans over a bathtub and reaches for a rubber duck. She falls into the tub but it obvious the tub has no water. (The actress, Terry Burnham, landed on a pad or cushion.) Immediately after she falls, there is a very noticeable jump in the film. Then water splashes up but the splash is much too high to have been made by the little girl. The next scene shows the mother entering the bathroom and the little girl, now completely drenched, standing up in the bathtub.