Best drama movie mistakes of 1961

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. (02:09:30)

Greg McCreanor
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.

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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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. (01:48:20)

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.

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.

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.

The Misfits picture

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

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.

HuskyMiller

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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. (01:31:00)

Regulus
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.

Regulus
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.

kh1616

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Samson (1961)

Samson picture

Factual error: Delilah is shown stirring a pot of ears of corn. Corn was not known until native Americans introduced it to settlers in North America in the 16th century.

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La Notte picture
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Visible crew/equipment: As the man walks down the corridor, before being asked for a match, on the left wall there is a shadow of the boom, and briefly the sound man holding it. (00:16:25)

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