Best movie continuity mistakes of 1949

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Samson and Delilah picture

Continuity mistake: In the final destruction-of-the-temple scene, the huge statue of Dagon starts to topple head first, but in later shots it is sliding towards the camera feet first. This is because director Cecil DeMille was not satisfied with the first take and had the temple re-erected then collapsed a second time. Shots from both destructions are spliced together in an exciting sequence, but rather puzzling architectually.

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All the King's Men picture

Continuity mistake: In an early scene at Broderick Crawford's dinner table, his wife comes in to pour a cup of coffee. Half the coffee she pours ends up in the cup, the other half she spills on her hand and the table, yet no one seems to notice.

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The Secret Garden picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mary is eating her oatmeal while Martha is talking to her, take a look at Martha. While talking to Mary she spits out a piece of bread she was eating and this causes the little girl who plays Mary to momentarily slip out of character and smile (almost ready to laugh).

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Love Happy picture

Continuity mistake: When Harpo is playing Russian Roulette, one of the villains claims that the gun has "four bullets" in it. One shot is fired at Harpo, and four by him, totaling five shots.

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Little Women picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jo comes home from New York and sees Beth sick on the sofa, she gives Beth a music box. Beth opens the lid to the music box and in the next shot, the camera is pulled back and Beth opens the lid again.

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Tarzan's Magic Fountain picture

Continuity mistake: In the very last minute of the film, Cheetah (the chimp) drinks some water that was from the fountain of youth and instantly changes into a baby chimp. But the baby chimp is a different species - a monkey with a long tail - and appears fully grown for that type of monkey.

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Adam's Rib picture

Continuity mistake: During Adam's summation, the close up shots of Amanda show different reactions to his speech. The long shots show her just sitting there, not reacting. This goes back and forth several times.

Jack's Revenge

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White Heat picture

Continuity mistake: In the film's final scenes at the fuel storage facility, full sunlight is streaming through the overhead rafters. Moments later, it's completely dark and the plant's floodlights are all turned on. A few shots further on, the lights are off and it's daylight again.

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The Third Man picture

Continuity mistake: When the butler tells of Harry Lime's death, at the start of the conversation he can hardly speak English. As the conversation goes on, his English gets better and better, until at the end it's perfect with just an accent.

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Suggested correction: He is reluctant to speak English at the start possibly to avoid trouble but later decides otherwise.

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Hare Do picture

Continuity mistake: When Bugs is at the theatre, you can see he a man sitting next to him when he finds his binoculars, but when Bugs sees Elmer in front of him, we cut back to Bugs and the man next to him has disappeared.

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Sands of Iwo Jima picture

Continuity mistake: As John Wayne leaves the landing craft he loads a stripper clip into his bolt action 1903 Springfield rifle. A minute later his rifle has changed into an M-1 Garand.

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Senor Droopy picture

Continuity mistake: When the announcer tells Droopy and the wolf about the prize they can have if they win the bullfight, there is a red wall behind the announcer that keeps disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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Awful Orphan picture

Continuity mistake: When Charlie Dog pushes Porky Pig back into his chair after throwing him out, you can see there is a telephone on the table, but when we see Charlie in the next shot, the telephone has vanished.

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Bubble Bee picture

Continuity mistake: When Pluto sees the bubble gum machine, you can see that the slide lever is positioned on the left of the machine. In the next shot it is now on the right, and in the shot after that, it is back in its original position.

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Bowery Bugs picture

Continuity mistake: When Steve Brody comes and sees the Swami after being thrown out of the gambling establishment, he has a plaster on his face. But when the Swami says "There's the answer" the plaster has gone, and in the next shot it is back on Steve's face again.

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Fast and Furry-ous picture

Continuity mistake: When the coyote is tossing the boomerang up and down, his tail keeps disappearing and re-appearing.

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Wise Quackers picture

Continuity mistake: Before Elmer's two dogs shake hands on agreeing to catch Daffy, one of them draws a diagram which is a dotted line and a circle with a cross in it. After the two dogs run into a tree, they go back to their meeting point and this time the diagram is completely different to the one drawn before.

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The House of Tomorrow picture

Continuity mistake: In a full view of the oven, inside the oven door the chicken's legs are white, but in the next shot, the legs are now brown.

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Donald's Happy Birthday picture

Continuity mistake: When we first see the tree hut at the start of the cartoon, you can see there is nothing by the top left corner of the window, but when the camera pans in on the hut, a blue piece of paper has appeared.

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