The Big Sleep

Continuity mistake: Marlowe sits in front of Joe Brody's apartment building, The Randall Arms. Later as he follows the gunman that shot Brody we see it from inside the car and the registration stickers are different.

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Continuity mistake: After driving Lauren Bacall home from Eddie Mars' place Marlowe walks into his apartment and we see the number 206 on the door. In the next shot from inside we see another door that doesn't have 206 on it.

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Continuity mistake: In Art Huck's living room, after Pat Clark throws water into his face, we see the chair at Marlowe's feet. No one goes near it, but later in the scene it moves 45 degrees to the right and is facing Marlowe (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: The front door of the Sternwood's is in the first shot of the movie as Marlowe rings the door bell. The front of the door has just one indentation near the knocker, later we see the front door again as Marlowe brings Carmen home and now it has two indentations.

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Continuity mistake: In Art Huck's living room, Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall, "He'll beat my teeth out then kick me in my stomach for mumbling". The rope and knot tied around his chest change between shots (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: When Marlowe walks over to the bar to get another drink the napkin on the liquor tray has been moved and is draped over the side of the tray differently even though no one went near it.

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Continuity mistake: When Art Huck and Lash Canino get out of his car there are three stickers on the windshield. Marlowe and Lauren Bacall take this car but in the close-up of them driving there are only two stickers on the window.

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Continuity mistake: Earlier in the movie at Geiger's house, Marlowe calls Chief Insp. Bernie Ohls of the District Attorney's Office and the six digits of Bernie's phone number are 122-145. At the very end of the movie he's with Lauren Bacall at Geiger's house and again calls Bernie Ohls. This time he dials the same phone number at the DA's office but leaves off one digit 12-145 and the call still goes through.

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Continuity mistake: When they meet up at Geiger's house at the end of the movie Eddie Mars says to Marlowe, "What are you gonna do about it?" as he leans back onto the couch. In the next shot he's sitting straight up facing him.

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Continuity mistake: When we first see Harry Jones' body lying on the floor his shoulder is even with the split in the two cushions on the left of the couch. In the next shot we see him again lying there and his dead body has moved six inches to the right in relation to the cushions on the couch.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says to Bernie Ohls at the District Attorney's Office, "you, come up to 7244 Laverne Terrace". He's calling from Arthur Gwynn Geiger's house and we just saw the number on the mailbox when he came in and it's 460 Laverne Terrace.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe drives Lauren Bacall home from Eddie Mars place and after he kisses her she wraps the strap of her pocketbook around the index finger of her left hand. In the next shot it's wrapped around the thumb of her left hand.

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Continuity mistake: As Lauren Bacall walks out of Marlowe's office the sunlight in the waiting room is shining against the right wall. When she was sitting in the waiting room as Marlowe walked in a few moments ago, the sun was shining against the left wall.

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Continuity mistake: After Marlowe plops Carmen Sternwood onto her bed the lamp (on the left) moves over about two feet to the left in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall walks into a restaurant, and sees Marlowe at the bar with his head tilted back as he finishes his drink, and says, "Hello". The guy to the right of Marlowe is looking at the bartender but in the next shot his head has turned ninety degrees as he's now talking to his friend.

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Continuity mistake: When Eddie Mars' pours Marlowe a drink there's a lamp shining on the left of the liquor cabinet. The next time we see this spot the lamp has been moved as the shadows on the liquor cabinet are falling in the opposite direction.

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Continuity mistake: The papers Marlowe is holding in the close-up are different than the pile of papers that Gen. Sternwood handed him. In the close-up all the papers are flat but in the long shot one is folded.

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Continuity mistake: After speaking to Lauren Bacall on a restaurant pay phone, two thugs jump Marlowe in a dark alley and the thug on the left throes a punch at him. The punch is at his face but in the next shot Marlowe's handkerchief gets knocked out of his pocket.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe drives Carmen Sternwood home and when we first see her in the car she's facing the passenger side door. In the next shot we see her reflection in the rear view mirror and she's now facing Marlowe (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall asks, "How did you like dad?" and we see Marlowe standing by the liquor tray. The liquor on the tray has moved since she poured her drink, most noticeable is the top of the seltzer bottle that has rotated 45 degrees without anyone going near it.

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Continuity mistake: Mona Mars throws water in Marlowe's face and as she leaves, we see three pillows propped up against the far wall in the back of the room. Later Marlowe gets up as Canino's car pulls in, and even though no one has gone near them the pillows have been rearranged.

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Continuity mistake: The woman and the gentleman in the tux sitting next to Lauren Bacall are facing forward when we first see them as Lauren sings "Tears Flowed Like Wine". In the next shot the camera angle changes and they have moved ninety degrees and are now facing her.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe sits down in a reclining chair as he speaks to Harry Jones and there's a book on the radiator below the window on the right. No one goes near this spot but later in the scene the book moves to the right.

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Continuity mistake: After the beating by the two thugs, Harry Jones helps him up and has his left arm around Marlowe. In the next shot his left hand is holding Marlowe's arm.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall says to Marlowe, "Could that be stretched to include me?" as they sit drinking at the table in the restaurant. If you look closely the amount of ice in her drink changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: There's a crooked sixth rail on Art Huck's porch that we see up close as he jumps over it when Marlowe shoots at him. Later when Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall ," we'll have to take his car" we see the railing again and it has been set straight.

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Continuity mistake: In his apartment there's a pipe rack in the shadows on the table next to Carmen. Marlowe says to her, "What do you remember about Shawn Reagan?" and in the next shot the pipe rack is lit up.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe stands next to Bernie Ohls' desk as the inspector asks him to layoff the Sternwood case. The lamp on Bernie's' desk is tilted at a 45 degree angle. No one goes near it, but as Marlowe leaves the lamp is facing down towards the desk.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe sits tied up by the couch talking to Lauren Bacall, the hat on the couch moves several times between shots without anyone going near it (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe gets up when Canino's car pulls in, the fruit in the fruit bowl behind the couch is entirely different than what we've seen throughout the entire scene.

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Continuity mistake: As Mona Mars throws the water in Marlowe's face some of it splashes on the back of the couch, leaving a stain. In the next shot the pillow to the right of Marlowe's head moves and the couch is dry.

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Continuity mistake: Before Marlowe sits down Dist. Atty. White has a statue on his desk between Marlowe and himself. In the next shot after Marlowe sits down the statute disappears then reappears again in the shot after that (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: When we first see him in Marlowe's office, Harry Jones is standing near the left edge of the desk. In the next shot he moves back about a foot and stands at the center of the desk than later he moves back and is at the edge again.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says, "Is Mr. Mars around? I'm Marlow, he's expecting me" to a hostess and her left hand is on the counter and her right hand is at her side. In the next shot both of her hands are out in front of her.

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Continuity mistake: Outside Geiger's house, Marlowe throws his gun down on the floor making Carol Lundgren reach for it. He kicks him and knocks him out but if you look closely he only touches Lundgren's left shoulder with his foot, nowhere near his head. He doesn't hit anything as he falls either.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall's white pocket book is in front of her on the roulette table as Eddie Mars talks to her but in the next shot when she speaks to Marlowe it disappears.

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Continuity mistake: Eddie Mars is twirling the key to Geiger's house around his right index finger, but when Marlowe says, "Oh, that's too bad, you got a better one?" and we see him from a different angle he's not doing it. Then in the next shot before he finds the blood stain on the carpet, he's doing again.

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Continuity mistake: In front of Geiger's store, Marlowe gets into a cab and asks the driver to follow a station wagon that's filled with boxes. In the next shot the boxes in the back of the station wagon are rearranged differently.

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Continuity mistake: When Marlowe pulls his car up in front of the Randall Arms Apartments and waits for Lauren Bacall his windshield has two stickers on the left of it. A few shots later after Lauren pulls up he gets out and follows her into the building. The car he's sitting in has changed as we see the shadow of the windshield on the front seat and there are now three stickers on this windshield.

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Continuity mistake: At the roulette table a woman to the right of Eddie Mars puts her chips on number 30 as he speaks to Lauren Bacall. In the next shot as he asks everyone to take their chips off the table there's nothing on number 30.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe walks back into Geiger's store the second time the secretary opens up a book with her left hand and proceeds to insert a piece of paper into it with her right. In the next shot the book is closed.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says, "Geiger says these are gambling debts?" and Gen. Sternwood goes from holding his left hand in his right to holding his right hand in his left between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Lash Canino's right arm is extended out in front of him as he shoots at Marlowe's car. In the next shot his elbow is at a 45-degree angle as Marlowe confronts him.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall as she sits on his desk, "Then outside of what the woman said, you don't know any reason why they want five thousand dollars for it?". Lauren Bacall's right leg is higher than her left leg but then in the next shot they're reversed and her left leg is higher than her right.

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Continuity mistake: Before the altercation with Art Huck, Marlowe goes to his car to get his gun and we see that there's no shrubbery on the right of it. Later he hides behind his car as Lash Canino holds Lauren Bacall hostage and there's a tree right next to him.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe goes home after snooping around Geiger's house and we see the number 206 on his door with the words "Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator" underneath. Later when Inspector Bernie Ohls knocks on the door we see only the number 206 on it as Marlowe opens it.

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Continuity mistake: When Lauren Bacall first meets Marlowe she's pouring a drink and the level of the liquid in the glass goes above her left index finger. In the next shot she's still pouring the drink and the liquid goes above her left index finger a second time.

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Continuity mistake: In his office, Lauren Bacall talks about Carmen to Marlowe and says, "She was asleep when I left" and her hands are in her lap. In the next shot her left hand is scratching her knee.

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Continuity mistake: In the Hollywood Public Library Marlowe writes "Chevalier Audubon" on the top of a piece of paper and starts writing something else on the second line. In the next shot he's writing on the top of the piece of paper again.

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Continuity mistake: When Canino gets out of his car there are no tire tracks because the dirt underneath has been raked smooth. Later, when Art Huck runs away after Marlowe shoots, we see the same spot and tire tracks now appear under the rear tire.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe takes his hands off the steering wheel as he sits in his parked car waiting for Joe Brody's killer, Carol Lundgren, to walk by. In the next shot his left hand is back on the steering wheel.

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Continuity mistake: When she first meets Marlowe, Lauren Bacall pours her drink and the flask on the liquor table moves to the left in front of the seltzer bottle between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As they talk in Art Huck's living room, Lauren Bacall's cigarette has a nice long ash on it but in the next shot, when she puts it in Marlowe's mouth, there's no ash (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe walks into room 428 in the Fulwider Building the light switch on the right of the door is lit up. In the next shot from the other side of the door it's not.

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Continuity mistake: Inside Eddie Mars' nightclub Marlowe talks to one of the hostesses at the coat check counter. The strap on the pocketbook in front of him is on top of the counter but in the next shot as she walks away the strap is draped over the edge of the counter.

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Continuity mistake: As she sits on his desk Marlowe asks Lauren Bacall, "You don't know any reason why they want $5,000 dollars for it?". At first he's touching the fingertips of both hands to each other then in the next shot his hands are folded.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe and Lauren Bacall are both sitting on his desk and as he gets up she has her left hand wide open and is twirling her ring with her right hand. In the next shot her hands are folded in her lap.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe goes up to the front desk the librarian asks him, "Did you find what you wanted?" and another librarian is helping someone else. In the next shot that other librarian is not helping anyone and has her back towards the camera.

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Continuity mistake: Art Huck runs away after Marlowe fires a warning shot at him coming out of the house. Marlowe watches him as he runs away but looks in the wrong direction behind his car instead of to the front left where we see him running.

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Continuity mistake: After his car pulls up, Canino gets out and lights up a cigarette that he quickly throws to the ground when Lauren Bacal screams. Later, when Art Huck runs away after Marlowe shoots, we see that same spot again and the cigarette is now bent in half and in a different spot, almost under the car.

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Continuity mistake: When he first meets Gen. Sternwood, Marlowe takes off his coat and a book of matches appears behind his glass of Brandy on the table to the right of him. Later it disappears again.

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Continuity mistake: After she puts them down, the letters on the table that Carmen was looking at are rearranged when Norris the Sternwood's butler calls Marlowe in to see Gen. Sternwood.

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Continuity mistake: As they talk about Vivian and Carmen, Marlowe says, "both pretty, and both pretty wild" to Gen. Sternwood and sweat appears on Marlowe's entire shirt which was previously dry.

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Continuity mistake: In the restaurant Lauren Bacall pays Marlowe and says, "I hope this is satisfactory". When she hands him the check she's holding it from the edge but in the next shot she's holding it from the bottom and he's holding it from the edge.

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Continuity mistake: In the DA's office Marlowe says to Capt. Cronjager, " That's all, I was in a tough spot, I was probably wrong but I wanted to protect my client" and Marlowe's hat is on the DA's desk right next to his left arm. In the next shot an ash tray with a smoldering cigarette is next to his left arm (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: Joe Brody's killer, Carol Lundgren, gets into Marlowe's car and looks directly through the windshield. In the next shot when Marlowe gets into the car Lundgren's head is turned to the right looking at him getting in.

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Continuity mistake: After taking Carmen Sternwood to her bedroom, Norris the Sternwood's butler helps Marlowe put on his over coat as he prepares to leave. Marlowe wasn't wearing it when he came into the house though and there's no indication that he had it in Carmen's car because when they left Arthur Gwynn Geiger's house he didn't have it on.

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Continuity mistake: Before Marlowe throws Carmen Sternwood onto Arthur Gwynn Geiger's sofa we see a close-up of his coat which is wet from the rain. Two shots later he takes out the camera hidden in the hollow sculpture and his coat is dry.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe goes into Geiger's house again to snoop around and he finds that Geiger's dead body has been removed. As he stands over the spot where the body was his shadow falls right on the bloodspot. In the next shot of him kneeling down and touching the blood stained carpet there's no shadow.

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Continuity mistake: In the Acme Book Shop, Marlowe says to Dorothy Malone, "I got my carÂ…" and her hands go from being at her sides to out in front of her playing with the pencil between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Eddie Mars falls back threw the door bullet holes are sprayed across Geiger's door. A few seconds later Marlowe kicks the door shut and the bullet holes are not in the same place on the back of the door as they were before.

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Continuity mistake: Carmen Sternwood walks down the steps and picks up and looks at the mail when she first spots Marlowe. If you look at the handles on the side of the flowerpot you'll see that the centerpiece of roses on the table is rotated and rearranged between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Dist. Atty. White says to Marlowe, "And outside of Taylor, Lundgren and Brody, no one else knew about the Geiger killing?". A black appointment book on the middle of the DA's desk disappears between shots (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe goes threw Arthur Gwynn Geiger's strong box, the horse on his desk moves closer to the phone between shots.

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Continuity mistake: To get his car, Marlowe walks back to Arthur Gwynn Geiger's house after bringing Carmen Sternwood home. No one has touched it but his car has moved closer to the for sale sign on the house across the street from Geiger's, where he parked it before.

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Continuity mistake: When she first meets Marlowe, Lauren Bacall's hair is combed between shots as the left side is different in her close ups when she says to Marlowe, "I doubt if even that would help".

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe follows Agnes Lowzier's tip and drives out to Art Huck's garage and he pulls over to the side of the road in front of a sign that says, "Realito 7 miles". At first the sign is in the dark but in the next shot his headlights light it up.

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Continuity mistake: The hostess is standing at the door to Eddie Mars' room. In the next shot as Marlowe walks in she's leaning against the door frame.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe sits in front of The Randall Arms Apartments as Lauren Bacall drives up and parks across the street near his car. He tries to hide his face by putting his hand in front of his mouth and in the first shot the top of his hand is covering his mouth but in the next shot the palm of his hand is covering his mouth.

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Continuity mistake: After Carmen walks out of Geiger's house Eddie Mars' handkerchief is tucked into his jacket pocket with only two small corners sticking out. In the next shot the handkerchief has been rearranged and is sticking out one inch higher.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe gets into a cab in front of Geiger's store and sits on the right of the backseat behind the driver. In the next shot he's sitting on the left side of the backseat talking to her.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe turns the page of Arthur Gwynn Geiger's diary and two pages on the left are sticking up. In the next shot all the pages are flattened out.

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Continuity mistake: After Marlowe leaves Geiger's bookstore he walks across the street to the Acme Book Shop and a man is walking in just before him. In the next shot two women are walking out.

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Continuity mistake: The top of the seltzer bottle on the liquor tray is facing away from Marlowe than in the next shot as he says, "but then she tried to sit in my lap when I was standing up" it's now facing towards him.

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Continuity mistake: The papers in Marlowe's hand are reversed between shots. At first the folded sheet is on the right then when Gen. Sternwood says, "If I did she'd just suck her thumb and look coy" the folded sheet is on the left.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe goes to get his gun and opens the driver's side door of his car and there is no vent window. In the next shot as he closes his car door, a vent window now appears.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe sits in his apartment and tries to figure out the code in Geiger's notebook. On his desk the note pad next to his ash tray disappears when Inspector Bernie Ohls knocks at the door at two in the morning.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe looks at Arthur Gwynn Geiger's diary and his right thumb is covering the page he's reading. In the next shot his hand is moved to the right and not covering the page anymore.

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Continuity mistake: In the restaurant Marlowe sits looking down at the table as Lauren Bacall talks about General Sternwood and says, "he considers the case closed". She's holding her pocketbook with the strap between the first and second finger of her left hand but in the next shot the strap is in a different position near her left thumb.

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Continuity mistake: After driving home from Eddie Mars place Marlowe walks into his apartment and Carmen is there waiting for him. After he says, "come on Carmen, come on" she grabs his hand with both of hers and bites him. In the next shot she's holding him with only her left hand.

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Continuity mistake: As they have drinks in the restaurant Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall , "I don't know how far you can go" and she replies, "A lot depends on who's in the saddle" and he goes from having his right hand next to his drink to having both hands around his drink between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says to Joe Brody, " You can only die once for a couple of murders" as he walks over to his desk that we've seen in an earlier shot and the phone has been moved even though no one went near the desk.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe tells Joe Brody to get the pictures of Carmen Sternwood and he walks over to his desk that we've seen in an earlier shot. No one goes near the desk but a different set of books are between the horse head bookends, and they keep moving throughout the scene.

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Continuity mistake: No one touches his legs but Arthur Gwynn Geiger's dead body is not in the same position on the floor the second time we see it. The first time both of his legs are on the floor but the second time his left leg is over his right.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks in on Lauren Bacall as she's pouring a drink, and she's standing to the left of the fireplace. In the next shot she's moved over about a foot to her right and is standing in front of the left side of the fireplace.

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Continuity mistake: As the police pull the Sternwood's Packard onto Lido Pier there are six ropes tied to the car when it comes out of the water, but only four when they hoist it up on top of the pier.

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Continuity mistake: Even though no one has gone near it, Lash Canino's steering wheel has been turned from the time he and Art Huck park next to the house to when he is shot by Marlowe. Not only is the shadow underneath different throughout the scene but the front wheels are turned all the way to the left after he's shot.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall's not pointing anywhere near the car when she shouts, " there, there, behind the wheel" in order to distract Lash Canino. He eventually shoots at the right spot anyway as he tries to kill Marlowe.

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Continuity mistake: Mars' thugs meet up with Marlowe at the bar and tell him that Mrs. Rutledge wants to see him. The two people sitting at the bar behind the thug in the center get up and move between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe sits down as Eddie Mars' pours him a drink. The back of his chair is touching the desk in all of the shots except the last one as Marlowe gets up to leave and we see the chair now about six inches away from the desk.

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Continuity mistake: Eddie Mars walks out to okay Lauren Bacall's bet and the lady sitting to the right of the croupier moves her left hand to put a chip on number 27 twice between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks over to the roulette table where Lauren Bacall is playing and the croupier has a chip in his hand. In the next shot he doesn't.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe goes into Eddie Mars'place and the butler opens up the door with his left hand while his right hand is at his side. In the next shot his right hand is touching the door.

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Continuity mistake: Carol Lundgren rings the buzzer and Joe Brody walks toward the door holding a cigarette in his right hand. In the next shot as he answers the door the cigarette is in his left hand.

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Continuity mistake: At Geiger's house, Marlowe uses a long piece of rope to tie up Carol Lundgren and extends the end of it several feet to the right of his body. The next time we see the body the rope is not there.

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Continuity mistake: Eddie Mars looks at Marlowe and says, "Got any good ideas soldier?" and Marlowe exhales a big puff of smoke in his direction as he speaks. In the next shot there's no smoke between the two of them.

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Continuity mistake: As she sits on his desk talking about Carmen, Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall, "Go ahead and scratch". The picture of Carmen is in his right hand but in the next shot both the picture and the envelope are in both hands.

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Continuity mistake: At Arthur Gwynn Geiger's house, Marlowe finds the camera hidden in a hollow sculpture and in the close up it's in direct light. In the next shot it's covered by Marlowe's shadow.

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Continuity mistake: In the Hollywood Public Library Marlowe Looks in the book "Famous First Editions" and has it opened to chapter XIV. In the next shot the book is opened to a different page.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks into Art Huck's garage and Lash Canino says, "You got time to fix his tire?". Canino doesn't move an inch in the 12 seconds between the two shots were we see him but all the stuff behind him is rearranged. Most notable is the lamp used to dry the automotive paint, which if you look at its label, has been rotated 180 degrees without any one going near it.

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Continuity mistake: As he walks up to Art Huck's garage Marlowe's car is in a totally different position (with the right front tire now on a rock) from when he just skidded off the road.

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Continuity mistake: After they finish their drinks in the restaurant Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall , " I don't want to hurt you, I'm trying to help you" and she goes from holding her right hand in her left to holding her left hand in her right between shots as she looks at him.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall takes Marlowe's handkerchief out of his jacket pocket and she begins to wipe off the water that Mona Mars threw in his face. He stops her and says, "Never mind, Angel, the water feels good". She puts the handkerchief back in his pocket, but two shots later it's not there. Then at the end of the scene, it reappears again.

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Continuity mistake: As he sits tied up by the couch, Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall, "Take this thing out of my mouth," and his entire face is wet with the water that Pat Clark threw on him. In the next shot as she takes the cigarette out of his mouth before they kiss, his face is almost dry (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe skids off the side of the road in front of Art Huck's garage and takes a gun out from under his dashboard. There's no vent window on the driver's side door of his car but then when he gets out of the car a vent window appears (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: In his office, Marlowe sits down in a reclining chair as he speaks to Harry Jones. When we first see it the chair is about six inches away from the bookcase but two shots later in a close-up it's right against the bookcase.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe walks out of Eddie Mars place there are cars in the parking lot. In the next close up shot the cars are entirely different.

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Continuity mistake: In Joe Brody's apartment Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall, "Don't argue with the man, do as he says, sit down". She sits down on the right side of the couch next to the pillow and never moves from that spot, but several shots later in a wide shot she's sitting in the center of the couch.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says to Dorothy Malone in the Acme Book Shop, " I was just wondering if you have to?" and she puts the paper cup in her right hand down twice.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe walks into Geiger's bookstore his handkerchief is sticking out of his jacket pocket. He never touches it again but the next time we see it it's neatly tucked into the pocket of his jacket.

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Continuity mistake: As he's tied up in Art Huck's living room, Marlowe says, " you mean Eddie Mars never killed anybody" and Pat Clark's left elbow goes from being at her side to resting on the arm of the chair between shots (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: After speaking to Lauren Bacall on a restaurant pay phone, two thugs jump Marlowe as he walks past an alley on his way back to his car. As the thug on the left throws a punch at him his fist doesn't even go near Marlowe's face.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe stands in a doorway and watches Lauren Bacall singing and we see several people walking through the front door behind him. In the next shot there are only two women walking through the front door.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall sings "Tears Flowed Like Wine" and in the shots of her from behind the band there are several more extras between her and Marlowe than there are when the camera films her from his vantage point at the door.

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Continuity mistake: Lauren Bacall asks Marlowe, "tell me, what do you usually do when you're not working?" and the matches sticking out of the holder on the table are rearranged between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks into the DA's office with Chief Insp. Bernie Ohls behind him. At first Marlowe's hat is covering his chest. Than in the next shot as he walks through the door, the hat and his right arm are at his side (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe doesn't lock the door as he and Lauren Bacall walk into his office. Later when she walks out the door is locked.

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Continuity mistake: After he brings her home from Geiger's house, Marlowe plops Carmen Sternwood onto her bed and both her hands are above her head. In the next shot her right hand is at her side.

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Continuity mistake: While speaking to Gen. Sternwood Marlowe picks up the card that says, "Arthur Gwynn Geiger" and he holds it in the air. In the next close-up shot it's in the pile with the rest of the papers.

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Continuity mistake: After Marlowe walks out of Eddie Mars place to his car he reaches for the gun under his dashboard with both hands. In the next shot his left hand is behind the gun.

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Continuity mistake: As they talk after Mona Mars leaves the room, Marlowe says to Lauren Bacal, "Too many people would've seen you without Regan". The cigarette appears then disappears in Marlowe's mouth several times between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe prepares to leave Geiger's house the Buddha statue along with three other articles on the table in front of the fireplace move further apart throughout the scene even though no one goes near them.

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Continuity mistake: As Mona Mars and Marlowe talk about Eddie Mars on the left behind him, Marlowe's coat is draped over the couch. If you look closely only his coat is on the couch, but later when Mona storms out, a hat appears on top of the coat. At the end of this scene, the coat is knocked off the back of the couch and appears in a pile with the hat above.

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Continuity mistake: For some information she has, Marlowe meets Agnes Lowzier in her car at the corner of Rampart and Oakwood and hands her two hundred dollars in a nice neat pile. In the next shot of her counting it, the pile is spread out.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe pulls up in front of Art Huck's garage and gets out of his car to scope out the joint. When he first drives up there are no trees behind him but in the next close-up shot as he opens his car the door, there are several trees behind him.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks into Bernie Ohls' office and the sunlight coming through the blinds falls on the statue sitting above the bookcase as Bernie tells him, "You're to lay off the Sternwood case". They only speak for two minutes but as Marlowe walks out the sunlight falling on the back wall is in a different spot.

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Continuity mistake: As they have drinks in the restaurant Marlowe says to Lauren Bacall , " Who was it that told you to sugar me off this case, was it Eddie Mars?" and his drink jumps four inches to left between shots in relationship to the plaid tablecloth underneath.

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Continuity mistake: Chief Insp. Bernie Ohls hands the gun to Capt. Cronjager and we see that the lamp to the left of Dist. Atty. White is on. In the next shot if you look at the back of Dist. Atty. White's chair and the blinds behind him it's easy to see that the lamp is now off (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: After Carmen Sternwood comes into the apartment Marlowe walks over to Joe Brody to get the gun he has in his right coat pocket and Joe's hands are near his waist. In the next shot his hands are raised up around his chest.

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Continuity mistake: When Marlowe and Lauren Bacall walked into his office the phone on his desk was facing the back of the room. Later, Lauren Bacall asks to use the phone and it's rotated 45 degrees and is now facing them.

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Continuity mistake: As they go into his office Marlowe opens the front door for Lauren Bacall. In the next shot a shadow appears on the door where there wasn't one before.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe walks into Geiger's store for the second time, one day has gone by but the cars outside the office are the same and haven't moved an inch.

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Continuity mistake: As Carmen and Marlowe speak to each other in his apartment the lamp on the table against the wall on her left rotates between shots and is moved closer to the candle holder next to it.

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Continuity mistake: When he first meets Gen. Sternwood the ashtray on the table to the left of Marlowe is moved between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Philip Marlow goes back to his apartment the camera zooms in on the card with his name and profession on the door right below the apartment number, yet when he opens the door when Vivian comes, the card is missing.

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Continuity mistake: Eddie Mars pours Marlowe a drink and he puts the bottle down dead center on a tray on top of the liquor cabinet. He doesn't go near the bottle but later when we see it again it's right of the center of the cabinet, and in the last shot of it it's to the left of the center of the cabinet.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe sits down Dist. Atty. White is playing with a back scratcher and his left hand is closed around the end of it. In the next shot his left thumb is sticking straight up in the air touching the tip of the back scratcher (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: Eddie Mars is shot several times as he runs outside the house but when he falls back threw the door there are no bullet holes or blood on his jacket.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks into the apartment and Joe Brody pulls a gun on him. Joe holds the gun in his right hand and his cigarette in his left, and we see the smoke from the cigarette rising into the air. In the next three shots the smoke has disappeared, then the next time we see Marlowe and Joe together in a wide shot the cigarette and the smoke are back again.

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Continuity mistake: As she sits on his desk Lauren Bacall says to Marlowe, "Well you better look at this" as she hands him a packet of photos. In the next shot as he holds them, the flap sticking out of the packet is reversed.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe puts Carmen Sternwood to bed and the folds in the curtains behind the left of her head board move and are arranged differently between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Canino knocks him out, Mona Mars is there with a glass of water when Marlowe wakes up. If you look behind them on the table to the right of the lamp, there's a small cardholder. No one goes near it but several shots later when Lauren Bacal walks over to sit with them, the card holder moves about a foot to the right.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe walks into Joe Brody's apartment at the Randall Arms and there's a dark shadow across Joe's face as he answers the door. In the next shot as Marlowe walks in his face is lit up.

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Continuity mistake: In Geiger's house when Marlowe finds the hidden camera, we see a vase on the left of the fireplace and it's shadow falls directly behind it. Marlowe doesn't touch any light switches but later in the scene the lighting has changed and the shadow of the vase is now falling to the right of it.

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Continuity mistake: The shades on the window that Marlowe kicks open to enter Geiger's house are a little less than one foot apart as he puts Carmen Sternwood onto the sofa. The next time we see them they're wide open even though no one has gone near them.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe talks to Norris the Sternwood's butler at the front door and as he gets ready to leave he turns up his collar. In the next shot he turns up his collar again as he walks away (1945 Version on DVD).

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Continuity mistake: Gen. Sternwood says to Marlowe that he's, "crippled, paralyzed in both legs" but not 10 seconds later we see him move both of his legs and his feet move throughout the scene.

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Continuity mistake: The next morning after going to Lido Pier, Marlowe walks into the waiting room of his office and Lauren Bacall is sitting there reading a magazine as she waits for him. The lighting on her changes and the picture on the wall behind her head is lowered about six inches between shots.

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Continuity mistake: There's a white cushion that Gen. Sternwood has for his back that is sticking out in some shots and then disappears later in the scene.

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Continuity mistake: Lash Canino leaves after he kills Harry Jones and Marlowe runs to the door after him. At first he has both hands on the door but in the next shot his left hand is on the sofa.

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Continuity mistake: The hostess shows Marlowe Eddie Mars' room but in the next shot as he walks into it a table with a statue on it replaces the chair that was there in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe puts Carmen Sternwood onto Geiger's sofa there's a coat on the left arm rest. When he came into the room it wasn't there.

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Continuity mistake: The mat on Arthur Gwynn Geiger's desk is flush with the edge of the desk when Marlowe snoops around in it. As he thumbs threw the codebook he doesn't go near the mat but in the next shot it's slid over the side of the desk.

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Continuity mistake: Mona Mars tells Marlowe, "Eddie's not that kind," as she holds a glass of water in the palm of her left hand. In the next shot, both her hands are around the top of the glass.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe says to Eddie Mars as he's about to leave his office, " Oh, Eddie, you don't have anybody watching me, do you?" And the collar of Marlowe's shirt is tucked under his jacket. The next time we see it about a second later it's been ruffled up and is no longer tucked under his jacket.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe pulls his car up and parks in front of the Randall Arms apartments waiting for Lauren Bacall. A guy is walking towards the entrance across the street and in the next shot he disappears.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe leaves Geiger's bookstore a policeman is walking by outside. In the next shot the policeman is gone.

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Continuity mistake: Even though no one goes near them, the jar and the statue of a horse on Marlowe's desk move between shots as Lauren Bacall sits down on it while speaking to him about Carmen.

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Continuity mistake: Lash Canino turns out the light after he kills Harry Jones. In the next shot when Marlowe walks into the room the lights are back on.

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Continuity mistake: Eddie Mars finds Geiger's blood on the carpet, lifts it up and sees that it's seeped through to the floor. There's actually no blood on the carpet in the first place because when he lifts it up we see the back of it and it's totally dry and white in color.

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Continuity mistake: Marlowe tails Arthur Gwynn Geiger up to his house and we see the passenger seat and nothing is on it. In the next close-up shot Marlowe's coat is draped over the seat.

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Continuity mistake: As Lauren Bacall walks over to the window we see the sunlight coming directly in. Earlier in the scene when she was standing on the other side of the room the sunlight was coming in from a different direction shining on the opposite wall.

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Continuity mistake: In her car Agnes Lowzier looks down as she tells Marlowe, "That's where Eddie Mars' wife is hold up". In the next shot she's facing her right and looking at Marlowe.

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Continuity mistake: As Marlowe walks out of Geiger's store there's no car in front of the door. In the next shot from a different angle there's a car right in front of the door.

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Continuity mistake: As she speaks to Marlowe, Dorothy Malone Asks, "Is there something I can do for you?" and she reverses the pencil she's holding between shots. This happens again about a minute later.

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Continuity mistake: In the DA's office Capt. Cronjager says to Marlowe, " So all you failed to do was report a murder that happened last night?". If you look closely at the far right of the screen there's a shadow on the wall of a female sculpture that wasn't there when we saw this spot at the beginning of the scene when Marlowe and Bernie Ohls walked in (1945 Version on DVD).

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