Best movie mistakes of 1961
Factual error: It is barely credible that a young Victorian woman like Elena would even think about wearing a goatskin miniskirt - exposing her legs in those days would be akin to walking about topless nowadays. Even if she did those bright yellow cotton knickers - gleefully visible in the scene in the beehive - are in no way from the 1860s. Her pants are a hundred years ahead of their time.
Revealing mistake: During several of the driving sequences, the teenager in the driver's seat turns the steering wheel - but the rear screen projection keeps the car "moving" in a straight line. And it's particularly ironic in light of the movie's "big message" that the students here bear no resemblance to real-life teenagers in any real school. They're all slim, trim, athletic and model-gorgeous, as well as all-too-obviously not teenagers at all. (Because US child labor laws severely restrict the hours that underage actors can work, many films "cheat" by having youthful 20-somethings play the teens.)
Add timeJean G
Continuity mistake: When Sam Twist jumps from the train on the Forth Bridge, he lands in a puddle between the tracks, which are resting on sleepers on top of ballast - but when we see the train disappearing, there are no sleepers or ballast - the rails look like they're on concrete 'runners'.
Revealing mistake: At the opening of the film as the pirate ship passes left to right the flags are blowing in the opposite direction of the ship's movement and the sails keep blowing back although the ship keeps moving forward. Notice the large amount of churning water at the ship's rudder indicating that the boat is powered by a motor.
Add timeKenneth Cote
Continuity mistake: During the scene when Natalie Woods goes with Toots to make-out point after the dance and jumps in the water, it's supposed to be late at night. But when they cut back and forth between shots at the water falls and Warren Beatty waiting for Natalie on her porch, all the scenes at the falls were shot in broad daylight, while the ones of Warren on the porch are at night.
Continuity mistake: When Mr Stringer picks up Miss Marple from Akinthorpe Hall in his car, Alexander, as a harmless joke, has tied a string of old shoes and empty cans to the car and put a sign 'Just Married' on the back of the car. As the car first drives off, the sign is seen falling away, but when we get a different shot, the sign is well secured.