Best adventure movie mistakes of 1960

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The Time Machine picture

Plot hole: When George stops the machine for the first time, the candle burned down to about half of its size, which took according to his observations 98 minutes. But as the trip continues it takes seven hours for it to burn down completely. (00:25:45)

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The Magnificent Seven picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where (end of film) Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen are riding away McQueen is on the left and Brynner on the right then in the next shot Brynner is on the left and McQueen on the right. (02:02:25)

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The Alamo picture

Visible crew/equipment: During the initial phase of the final assault, a row of men with their backs to the camera is shown. One of these men (right of the center, with a bandaged head) is actually a dummy positioned at the spot where the wall is blasted a few seconds later. (02:29:35)

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The Lost World picture

Revealing mistake: When the two dinosaurs are fighting besides the cliff, Malone and Jennifer Holmes hide behind a rock overlooking the cliff. One of the dinosaurs sweeps its tail, and knocks the two lovebirds over the cliff, but they fall onto a rock jutting out from the cliff. After we see them fall, there is a wide shot of the dinosaur swinging its tail. He swings it one way, then the other. After he swings it the first way, the tail freezes in mid-air for a split second, then swings the other way. It's obviously the same shot of the first tail swing, but played in reverse with a pause in between.

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Spartacus picture

Factual error: The weaponry of the Romans and their use is wrong (as they are in all Hollywood movies playing in the Ancient Mediterranean that I know): Instead of one spear, each legionary would carry two weighted javelins, called Pila (singular: Pilum), which had a long narrow iron head. The purpose of these were to throw them at the enemy before melee; if they did not kill their targets, the pila would get stuck in their shields. The head shaft would bend, making the pila useless for 'return' to their original owners, and with the added weight of the javelin, the enemies' shields were rendered useless as well. Following this, the Romans attacked with short swords (the Gladii; singular Gladius).

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Kidnapped picture

Continuity mistake: As the cabin boy is cutting him loose, David Balfour's bruised cheek and black eye switch from the left side of his face to the right when one shot is reversed. (00:28:00)

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The Crowded Sky picture

Plot hole: Commander Heath ignores the prime directive of naval aviators when he boards the T-33 for the flight to Washington D.C. and fails to pre-flight the aircraft.

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