Best drama movie mistakes of 1960

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Sink the Bismarck picture

Factual error: Here's a big historical mistake. The character of German Admiral L├╝tjens is depicted overall in this film as a wild-eyed Nazi fanatic. In real life, he was distinctly anti-Nazi, vehemently protested the anti-Semitic actions of Hitler's regime, and was himself subject to intense Nazi scrutiny as he was a quarter Jewish and his wife was half Jewish. He was one of many German naval officers who fought only for their country, not Hitler.

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The Magnificent Seven picture

Continuity mistake: McQueen and Brynner take a hearse up the hill to deliver a coffin to the graveyard. When they go back down the hill, you can see a plume fall off one of the horses' heads, but in the next shot, the plume is back on. (00:16:05)

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The Alamo picture

Visible crew/equipment: During the initial phase of the final assault, a row of men with their backs to the camera is shown. One of these men (right of the center, with a bandaged head) is actually a dummy positioned at the spot where the wall is blasted a few seconds later. (02:29:35)

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Pollyanna picture

Continuity mistake: Before Pollyanna arrives on the train, when Jimmy Bean pushes the metal hoop down the road, two girls stop their doll carriages right beside each other and grab their dolls, but in the next shot their carriages are about 4 feet apart, which is now wide enough for Jimmy to run between. (00:01:10)

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The Apartment picture

Factual error: Jack Lemmon cooks spaghetti for Xmas dinner. On New Years Eve he picks up the tennis racket, through which he had poured the spaghetti, and one piece hangs limp from the racket. It would of course, have long dried and be hard as before cooking.

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The Grass Is Greener picture

Continuity mistake: When Cary Grant tells Deborah Kerr to keep the door closed, she is holding a record album. As a reaction to his directive, she lowers the LP to about waist level. The camera shot changes and she's holding the LP higher again. (00:27:55)

Jack's Revenge
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Spartacus picture

Factual error: The weaponry of the Romans and their use is wrong (as they are in all Hollywood movies playing in the Ancient Mediterranean that I know): Instead of one spear, each legionary would carry two weighted javelins, called Pila (singular: Pilum), which had a long narrow iron head. The purpose of these were to throw them at the enemy before melee; if they did not kill their targets, the pila would get stuck in their shields. The head shaft would bend, making the pila useless for 'return' to their original owners, and with the added weight of the javelin, the enemies' shields were rendered useless as well. Following this, the Romans attacked with short swords (the Gladii; singular Gladius).

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Sunrise at Campobello picture

Factual error: In the scene where nickels fall on newspapers announcing that Roosevelt beat Hoover, at least one of them appears to be a Jefferson. The election occurred in 1932. The first Jefferson nickel was minted in 1938.

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The Last Voyage picture

Revealing mistake: When Henderson and his wife are walking on the upper deck before jumping off, you can not see any of the superstructure above them that should be visible.

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Elmer Gantry picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Lulu Bains is prancing around in the dressing room, there is one steady shot of her. In this shot, as she moves around, the right strap on her outfit begins to slip off her shoulder. The shot ends by her side with the strap completely down her mid-bicep; however, in the very next shot, which is from the front, her right strap is back up, and it's her left strap which is halfway down. The print wasn't reversed to this effect, either.

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La Dolce Vita picture

Visible crew/equipment: Anita Ekberg's character and Marcello are at the top of the church tower leaning on balcony railing while looking over the city. You can easily see the "wire" attached to Anita's hat that forecasts the moment where her hat blows off her head. (00:33:15)

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning picture

Continuity mistake: In the bar scene, near the beginning of the film, the pint glass that Albert Finney holds, constantly changes position. (00:06:05)

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Inherit the Wind picture

Continuity mistake: Watch for the varying hairstyle of Mrs Brady in the scene in which Rachel comes to complain to her that her husband is a fake.

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Kidnapped picture

Continuity mistake: As the cabin boy is cutting him loose, David Balfour's bruised cheek and black eye switch from the left side of his face to the right when one shot is reversed. (00:28:00)

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Butterfield 8 picture

Factual error: In the scene where Elizabeth Taylor is driving from New York City to Boston to start a new life, she drives over the Tappan Zee Bridge, from the Westchester County side toward the Rockland County side (heading east to west, you can tell from the location of the toll booths and from the way the bridge looks.) If she had left NYC by the Lincoln Tunnel, she would have had to cross the bridge going west to east. If she had left NYC via the Bronx, by far the more direct route, she shouldn't have gone over the TZ Bridge at all.

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Where the Boys Are picture

Audio problem: When Merritt is arguing with her professor, she says, "We're supposed to be intelligent" but her lips are actually saying "Don't be afraid; my opinion is yes." This is the exact same shot used a moment later when she actually says this line. (00:07:10)

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The Crowded Sky picture

Plot hole: Commander Heath ignores the prime directive of naval aviators when he boards the T-33 for the flight to Washington D.C. and fails to pre-flight the aircraft.

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