Best movie mistakes of 1961
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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.
Factual error: Miller rigs his booby trap by attaching the wires from the bomb to a pole down which a metal runner slides, so that when the runner touches the wires it completes the circuit and detonates the bomb. The trouble is, the pole is made of steel, and steel is very conductive indeed. Miller attaches the exposed end of the wire to the pole without any insulation or gap. The circuit will actually be completed when Miller attaches the battery, and he and his booby trap will be blown sky high.
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.)Jean 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'. (00:55:00)Madstunts
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.Kenneth Cote
Other mistake: When they're roping the mustangs, the "stallion" doesn't have the genitals of a stallion.
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.