Best movie mistakes of 1940
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Factual error: When Kharis is being examined by Petrie, he says that the lines on his face were caused by him being buried alive. In the next sentence he goes on to say that Kharis shows the best example of the embalmer's art that he has ever seen. Strange - if you're planning on buring someone alive you wouldn't embalm them first - that process would kill them!
Continuity mistake: In the scene where a drunk Connor visits CK Dexter Haven at his home after Uncle Willie's party, Dexter's pyjamas and dressing gown change from shot to shot. First his pyjama top is done up, then it is open, then done up, then open again.
Continuity mistake: In the first fight scene aboard the boat, Ace's hat falls off his head. He then breaks through a door and falls down. As he stands up, the hat reappears on his head.
Continuity mistake: Near the beginning Harriet Vane produces tokens for herself & Lord Peter Wimsey of miniature handcuffs with one cuff "open to symbolise we're giving up on crime". She puts hers on as a bracelet. Immediately after & several times throughout the film it's clear hers is a set of closed handcuffs.Christopher Walters
Continuity mistake: Spunky is set on a stage at the auction once he is delivered there and he tries to run off to the left, but is grabbed by a hand and set back down. He looks around scared for a moment, and then it cuts to a closer angle and suddenly he is looking further to the left, has a tear in his eye, is standing up straight rather than sitting, a guy's face appears in front of him, and a hand is coming from behind him. (00:02:05)Quantom X
Continuity mistake: Baxter and Beecher are riding in a horse-drawn wagon. As they go across a bridge, the train carrying the Marx Brothers approaches. Baxter and Beecher leap off the bridge, one jumping to the right and one jumping to the left, but they are side by side when they land in the river below.
Continuity mistake: When Elmer is setting up the camera to try and photograph the rabbit, you can see the rabbit is lying on grass. But when we see the rabbit from the camera lens, he is now lying on plain ground, and when viewed from the lens a few shots later, he is lying on the grass again.
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