The Railway Children

Other mistake: In the last scene where the children are walking away from the house after their father has gone in, in the background on the right hand side of the screen, a tree falls.

Other mistake: We see the old gentleman travelling this route several times during the course of the film. However he is always going the same direction! Does he teleport the return leg? We know this is a two way line as trains are seen going the other way, including the train father returns on.

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Suggested correction: You say that the Railway Children only see "The Old Gentleman"/William Mervyn on a train going one way, but never on a return journey. Although, in both this film, and the original book, we are never wholly certain what he does (or did) for a living, or why he might be travelling on the train, it is implied that he is a person of some wealth and importance, who is respected by important people in London. Maybe he has important business to attend to in London, or elsewhere, that keeps him occupied until late in the day. Therefore he may return home by the last train, which may not come along the railway line until evening, or even at nighttime, by which time the Railway Children would be safe at home, possibly even asleep in bed.

Suggested correction: We don't see many things happen, that doesn't mean that they don't. His return journey just isn't relevant to the story.

Continuity mistake: When the Grammar School boys are on the paper chase they run through a railway tunnel. The Railway Children go to the opposite end to see the grammar school boys come out, as they are waiting for the final boy to come through, the paper that is thrown on the ground for the boys to chase appears then disappears several times.

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Phyllis Waterbury: I don't think we're going to enjoy being poor, you know, being cold and all that.
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