On the Beach

On the Beach (1959)

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Character mistake: In the scenes in San Diego, all the scenes outside the sub are taking place during daylight hours. Immediately after the crewman relays the message about the mysterious telegraph transmission, the scene shifts to the sub. The commander asks what time it is in Melbourne and is told it is 1500 hours (3PM). But if it were that time in Melbourne, it would be 10PM in San Diego, and thus not during daylight hours. (01:33:30 - 01:38:05)

Other mistake: According to the plot, no life is possible in the Northern Hemisphere by the time the film is set. Yet, when the sailor who has been sent ashore to look around the San Diego refinery enters the premises (more precisely, when we see the smoking-prohibited sign on our right and his left) a bird can be seen flying in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Continuity mistake: In the part when the two American officers are looking around in Anchorage, USA, and come across the dead woman at the News Studios you can clearly see her blink 2 or 3 times as the camera pans out.

Other mistake: At the end of the movie when the family is on the bed, supposedly dead after ingesting suicide pills, you can see the little girl breathing as the camera pans away.

Continuity mistake: When Moira is watching the submarine leave during the last scene, the deck is nearly submerged and waves are washing over it. When the shot changes to the Captain on the conning tower, the deck behind him is dry as a bone.

Continuity mistake: During the long shots in final scene as the submarine is leaving, the wind is so strong that the flag flies straight out behind the conning tower. During the close-ups of the crew, their shirts and hats show no wind at all.

Continuity mistake: During the Grand Prix when the burning car is next to Julian, he has three cars immediately behind him in the close-up shot. When the shot quickly changes to a wide view as the burning car crashes, Julian is now behind the other cars.

Factual error: The USS Sawfish is supposedly a nuclear powered submarine, but the shots of her entering Williamstown show diesel exhaust coming from her. (Apparently they had to substitute an Australian diesel-electric submarine).

Continuity mistake: Two scenes in the movie show a closeup of the tower on the submarine with a plexiglass shield in front of the actors. Both times you can make out the reflection of trees as the camera moves.

Other mistake: Near the end of the movie, Ava is watching the sub and it's moving right, should be left if heading north to US. Melbourne is located in eastern Australia.

Moira Davidson: You're looking for me.
Moira Davidson: Am I?
Dwight Towers: I'm Moira Davidson. M-O-I-R-A. It was a very fashionable name when... my mother was young and impressionable. I'm a throwback.

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Trivia: When Moira and Bill Davidson are strolling in the pasture, they pause to admire a beautiful mare that is posing for them, and Bill offers the horse something to eat from the palm of his hand (sugar cubes or some other treat, presumably, but it's not visible). However, the horse does not react to the treat nor eat anything that Bill offers, because the actor's hand was actually empty. The trained horse was obeying cues from her trainer, off-camera, and only her trainer carried the real treats.

Charles Austin Miller

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