The Birds

Audio problem: The overdub of Melanie playing piano in the living room is the same volume when the scene changes to a different room as Mitch and Lydia talk inside the kitchen. (00:37:55)


Audio problem: As Lydia talks on the phone about the chicken feed she says, "Well I'll try to go over and see him, maybe he ...". The next time she says something, her lips are moving differently. (00:35:15)


Audio problem: That is not a Martin outboard motor sound when Melanie is on the bay; it is a two-cylinder OMC outboard motor running (in neutral).


Audio problem: As Melanie pulls up in front of the general store a woman with bags of groceries exits the store. They dub in the sound of the door closing but they didn't dub the sound of the bell on top of the door that we hear later as Melanie walks in. (00:12:20)


Audio problem: As Melanie sits and smokes at the piano, Cathy says, "Of course they're mostly hoods" but her lips say something different. (00:35:55)


Audio problem: As the cameraman moves in on Mitch and the birds in the kitchen, listen very closely and you can hear his wheels squeaking on the floor. (01:38:00)


Audio problem: As Mitch hammers the mirrored cabinet to the front door they overdub a second hammer sound over the actual sound to make it more intense. If you listen closely they don't get them all right and they miss the very first swing. (01:43:50)


Visible crew/equipment: As Melanie drives up to have dinner at Mitch's, the reflection of the cameraman on the inside of the window can be seen moving in the upper-left hand portion of the screen. (00:32:10)


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Question: When the birds attack the town a gas station attendant is hit by a bird and drops the gas hose he is using to fill a car. The gasoline flows down the street and under a car; a man drops a match and lights the gas causing an explosion. Why didn't the gas pump shut off when the man dropped it?

michael g

Answer: The movie takes place in the 1960s, so presumably gas pumps worked a bit differently back then. This is also a small town and probably the gas station had not modernized. There may not have been automatic shut-offs, or if there was, it was faulty.


The automatic shut off is in the handle of the hose. When a person grips the handle they have to lift a levered switch to allow gas flow; the lever is spring loaded so that if it is released the gas will stop flowing. I have looked at older antique gas pumps and they are all the same; even the visible glass gravity flow ones. If that hose was dropped the the gas should have stopped flowing.

michael g

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