Best adventure movie mistakes of 1959

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Tarzan's Greatest Adventure picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene towards the end of the film where we see Slade's body fall, it falls onto a submerged rock just below the surface of the water and there is a splash of water. In the next shot Tarzan looks down from the cliff above and Slade's body is on a large dry rock, a little distant from where the body originally fell.

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Plan 9 From Outer Space picture

Revealing mistake: When the UFO makes the huge flash that knocks everyone in the cemetery down, one of the police officers kicks a tombstone as he falls and it wobbles back and forth. (00:13:35)

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North by Northwest pictureNorth by Northwest mistake picture Video

Revealing mistake: In the shooting scene in the Mount Rushmore cafe, a boy in the background puts his fingers in his ears, because he knows the gun is about to be shot.

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Ben-Hur picture

Revealing mistake: During the chariot race, where the contestants are riding towards the screen, tyre tracks from the camera vehicle are clearly visible imprinted in the sand. (00:20:50)

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The Horse Soldiers picture

Factual error: The train that pulls into Newton Station with Confederate soldiers has freight cars of modern construction. This can be seen by the newer type trucks, unlike the 'arch-bar' trucks of the period.

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North West Frontier picture

Continuity mistake: The escape train stops at a station at which another train has been the site of a massacre. One of the victims of this massacre has his head leaning out of a railway carriage window. As Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall from the escape train walk about the station, he can be seen raising and then lowering his head again as he realises that the 'take' is not complete.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth picture

Factual error: Iceland sure looks a lot like the California desert.

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Third Man on the Mountain picture

Continuity mistake: The background shots of the Matterhorn show it with a clear sky, then a cloud around it, then a clear sky again. This keeps happening.

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The Angry Red Planet picture

Deliberate mistake: For all exterior shots on the surface of Mars, the crew's "pressurized" space helmets have no face-plates (their faces are fully exposed to the hostile Martian environment). The transparent face-plates they intended to use reflected far too much studio set lighting, such that the glare would have obscured the actors' faces. On a $200,000 budget and a 10-day production deadline, they simply scrapped the face-plates and shot the scenes with wide-open helmets.

Charles Austin Miller
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