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Pompeii's Gate to Hell - S4-E8

Factual error: This episode includes a segment about an abandoned dry dock in San Francisco. At one point, one of the commentators several times refers to the U.S.S. Ward as a "battleship," and marvels that it was built in 17 days. The Ward (DD-139) was a 1200-ton destroyer, not a battleship, and was launched after only 17 days, but then took another two months to complete. By way of comparison, the California (BB-44), an actual battleship of 32,000-tons built during the same time period, too nearly five years to complete.

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4th Jul 2020

The Birds (1963)

Factual error: The firefighters arrive at the gas station and proceed to spray water on the fire. You cannot put out a gasoline fire with water; it requires firefighting foam. Water would only spread the fire even more.

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15th Jun 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Trivia: Thomas Heggen wrote the novel "Mister Roberts" based on his wartime experiences on two Navy cargo ships, U.S.S. Virgo (AKA-20) and U.S.S. Rotanin (AK-108). The Virgo was an attack cargo ship, designed for use in amphibious assaults, and saw quite a bit of action. In the movie, U.S.S. Hewell (AKL-14) was used as the fictional Reluctant. The Hewell was a light cargo ship, designed for coastal operations. A basic comparison of the three ships follows: Hewell/Reluctant: 176 feet long, 500 tons, 26 crew (not 62, as stated in the movie.) Rotanin: 441 feet long, 4000 tons, 206 crew Virgo: 460 feet long, 6500 tons, 404 crew.

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29th May 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Factual error: Pulver supposedly had been on the ship for 14 months without the captain knowing he was aboard. But, the captain would have had to interview him when he came aboard, assign him his duties, and complete a fitness report on him every six months. In addition, all of the officers take their meals in the wardroom, so the captain would have seen him several times a day.

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29th May 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Factual error: The Captain, Roberts, Pulver, and the doctor are the only officers ever seen or mentioned. No Executive Officer, and no officers in Deck, Engineering, Operations, Supply, etc. Also, Dowdy is apparently the only Chief Petty Officer on board.

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29th May 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Factual error: There is no such thing as a Laundry and Morale Officer. The ship's laundry was under the auspices of the Supply Officer, as were numerous other functions. In the novel on which the movie was based, Ensign Pulver was described as "one of the engineering officers."

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15th May 2020

On the Town (1949)

Factual error: None of the sailors has either service ribbons or rate insignia on his uniform. Even if they were all fresh out of boot camp, they would have had to have at least a rate insignia.

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1st May 2020

Columbo (1971)

Factual error: Sacajawea was not a "tracker." Lewis and Clark hired her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and her as interpreters, because she spoke the Shoshone language. (She was 16 and pregnant at the time).

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Other mistake: Don, Lena, and crew have a nearly impossible time when starting to shoot "The Dueling Cavalier" as a talkie. But, before that, we see a different group shooting the complex, Zigfeld-esque "Beautiful Girl" number for another picture with no problems at all.

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25th Feb 2020

What's Up, Doc? (1972)

Continuity mistake: When Judy and Howard leave the hotel to go to Larrabee's home, she is wearing the pantsuit she was wearing the night before at the banquet. Just before that, when they are in the roof restaurant, she is wearing a different outfit. But, by that time, the reporter already had her overnight bag, so she could not have changed clothes.

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Trivia: The hull number given the submarine in the movie, 593, was the hull number of the U.S.S. Thresher, a nuclear attack (not missile) submarine that sank at sea on 10 April 1963, with the loss of all 129 on board.

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Factual error: At the start of the movie, Frank is shown departing the Enterprise along with enlisted men. On large ships such as carriers, there are two separate brows (i.e., "gangplanks"), one for officers and one for enlisted personnel.

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14th Oct 2019

Columbo (1971)

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Factual error: In the series, Columbo does not carry a gun, and in several episodes it is mentioned that he doesn't like guns and/or that he doesn't know very much about them. In the real world, all LAPD officers must carry guns, and they must re-qualify with them at the range six times each year. Also, due to the very nature of their work, they are knowledgeable about numerous types, makes, and models of guns.

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20th Sep 2019

Shogun (1980)

Other mistake: During the sequence when the crew is working feverishly to get Sea Tiger repaired to leave Cavite, there are several shots of a first class petty officer welding a hand rail, a trivial job that would not be necessary for getting the submarine raised and underway.

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Revealing mistake: During the opening credits, as a crab descends past the periscope, the string attached to the crab is visible.

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7th Aug 2017

The Parent Trap (1961)

Revealing mistake: When Mitch is driving "Susan" home from the airport, in one shot, the knob of the gear selector lever is visible above the dashboard, which means the transmission would be in Park.

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Trivia: The submarine used in the movie as a (supposed) nuclear submarine was the U.S.S. Ronquil (SS-396), a WWII Balao-class diesel-electric submarine that had received a GUPPY IIA conversion. The number painted on the sail (509) was selected because it was from a block of hull numbers canceled at the end of WWII and never used.

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Factual error: In the movie, Cohan's play Popularity, the sinking of the Lusitania, and America's entry into WWI are depicted as occurring in rapid succession. However, Popularity was on the stage in 1906, the Lusitania was sunk in 1915, and America entered the war in 1917.

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