Best movie mistakes of 1961

Continuity mistake: The shots are badly mismatched when Demetrius saves the elderly slave about to fall from the rope. Their arms and legs shift positions multiple times between takes.

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Jean G
Guns of Navarone picture

Continuity mistake: When David Niven climbs the ladder to place explosives on the gun he is fully clothed. In the next second, showing him at work on the gun, he has no tunic and no officer's cap.

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Greg McCreanor
101 Dalmatians picture

Continuity mistake: There's a scene where Pongo yanks Roger down a pathway, and Roger leaves his hat on the bench. In the next scene, he's wearing his hat.

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El Cid picture

Visible crew/equipment: On the beach there's a battle charge, and in the foreground you can clearly see a set of tyre tracks from the camera vehicle preceding the charge.

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Mysterious Island picture

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.

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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.)

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Jean G
West Side Story picture

Continuity mistake: When Maria is hitting Tony while saying "Killer," her hair is across her left cheek. In the next shot, it is completely away from her face.

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Carry on Regardless picture
Carry on Regardless mistake picture

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'.

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Madstunts
King of Kings picture

Continuity mistake: When Jesus is being flogged, he is turned over onto his back, and whipping is heard. Later on, no marks are to be seen.

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The Young Ones picture

Visible crew/equipment: During the scene when Cliff's girlfriend is walking down a street singing, if you look carefully there is a gap between two of the buildings through which you can see the scaffolding holding the set up.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's picture

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, when George Peppard is talking to Audrey Hepburn in the alley and it's raining heavily, his hair switches between being combed back and combed to the side. Very obvious - this takes place several times.

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea picture

Factual error: With the radiation belt on fire, the icecaps begin to melt. The Seaview is bombarded by huge chucks of ice. The ice is sinking to the bottom like stones. Ice floats, it doesn't sink.

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The Parent Trap picture

Continuity mistake: In the camp cabin, the two girls are talking. It cuts away from one girl, and she has an ice cream cone in her hand, then cuts back and it's gone. This keeps happening.

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The Hustler picture

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of their first pool match, Fats' collar goes from buttoned to loose, to back buttoned in only a moment on-screen.

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The Comancheros picture

Factual error: The movie is set in 1843-44, when the rest of the world is still using cap and ball weapons, yet Ranger captain Jake Cutter is wielding a gunbelt with filled cartridge loops and a colt six-gun.

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The Pit and the Pendulum picture

Continuity mistake: When Elizabeth Medina starts to open her coffin you see her hand reach out and grab the side edge but in the next shot her hand is gone.

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Pirates of Tortuga picture

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.

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Kenneth Cote
Blue Hawaii picture

Audio problem: When the airplane door is opened and we see Elvis kissing the stewardess in the doorway, you can hear a crowd of fans screaming - it is brief, but audible.

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The Misfits picture

Other mistake: When they're roping the mustangs, the "stallion" doesn't have the genitals of a stallion.

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The Absent Minded Professor picture

Continuity mistake: The police that come to the aid of the professor are driving an older Ford when they approach than when they arrive to help. The car is a newer model in the later scene.

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Splendor in the Grass picture

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.

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Continuity mistake: When Sylvester sees a mouse, he chases the rodent and pulls the bulldog along with him. The bulldog grabs a small tree out of the ground and holds it in his hand, but when they go past the "Stop" sign, the tree has gone.

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X-15 (1961)

X-15 picture

Visible crew/equipment: While approaching the two test pilots in the hanger, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the lockers.

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Regulus
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe picture

Continuity mistake: When Sylvester has caught all of Speedy's friends, he puts them in the bottle and he is holding the flute in his hand. But when see Sylvester a little later on, the flute has gone, and after Speedy has rescued one of his friends, Sylvester has the flute again.

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Lover Come Back picture

Continuity mistake: When Carol and Jerry come out of the water on their day at the beach, they sit at the foot of their beach chairs to dry off, then lay back. Miraculously their towels are spread out over the chairs.

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The Devil at 4 O'Clock picture

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Talua is depicted as an isolated island in the South Pacific. Several shots show other islands in the movie. Many segments were shot in Hawaii (Maui) and you could see the Island of Hawaii in the distance.

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Regulus
Babes in Toyland picture

Audio problem: As Tom and Mary exit a home that faces the town square, the sound of applause is heard even though almost all the townspeople are holding glasses of lemonade and nobody is clapping.

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Murder She Said picture

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.

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The Last Hungry Cat picture

Continuity mistake: When Sylvester sees the Daily Bugle newspaper, the front cover headline reads "Police Hunt The Cat." You can see the words THE CAT have nothing around them, but when we see a close-up of the newspaper in the next shot, inverted commas have suddenly appeared.

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Character mistake: The registration number of the stolen van is GPW729 but every time it mentioned in the dialogue it is stated as GPW927.

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