Best drama movie mistakes of 1961

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Plot hole: Maria describes in lurid detail how Anna was arrested by the Germans and tortured by being severely whipped, leaving her with gruesome scars all over her back. She also says that Anna hasn't spoken a word to anyone since she escaped from captivity. How, then, does Maria (or anyone else) know about the scars? Nobody saw them (they don't exist) and Anna obviously didn't tell anyone about them.

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Visible crew/equipment: On the beach there's a battle charge, and in the foreground you can clearly see a set of tyre tracks from the camera vehicle preceding the charge.

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Continuity mistake: When Maria is hitting Tony while saying "Killer," her hair is across her left cheek. In the next shot, it is completely away from her face. (01:48:20)

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Revealing mistake: During several of the driving sequences, the teenager in the driver's seat turns the steering wheel - but the rear screen projection keeps the car "moving" in a straight line. And it's particularly ironic in light of the movie's "big message" that the students here bear no resemblance to real-life teenagers in any real school. They're all slim, trim, athletic and model-gorgeous, as well as all-too-obviously not teenagers at all. (Because US child labor laws severely restrict the hours that underage actors can work, many films "cheat" by having youthful 20-somethings play the teens.)

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Continuity mistake: When Jesus is being flogged, he is turned over onto his back, and whipping is heard. Later on, no marks are to be seen.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, when George Peppard is talking to Audrey Hepburn in the alley and it's raining heavily, his hair switches between being combed back and combed to the side. Very obvious - this takes place several times.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of their first pool match, Fats' collar goes from buttoned to loose, to back buttoned in only a moment on-screen.

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Other mistake: When they're roping the mustangs, the "stallion" doesn't have the genitals of a stallion.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene when Natalie Woods goes with Toots to make-out point after the dance and jumps in the water, it's supposed to be late at night. But when they cut back and forth between shots at the water falls and Warren Beatty waiting for Natalie on her porch, all the scenes at the falls were shot in broad daylight, while the ones of Warren on the porch are at night.

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Factual error: At the conclusion, the island gets blown apart by a volcanic eruption while the children and the hospital staff watch from aboard a schooner off the coast. A volcanic explosion of this magnitude would have created pyroclastic surges that would overtake the boat, killing everyone aboard. (During the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa a pyroclastic surge stretched 30 miles to the coast of Sumatra, killing residents of some villages along that coast before the explosion that triggered the devastating tsunami (which killed over 30,000 people).

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Continuity mistake: When Mr Stringer picks up Miss Marple from Akinthorpe Hall in his car, Alexander, as a harmless joke, has tied a string of old shoes and empty cans to the car and put a sign 'Just Married' on the back of the car. As the car first drives off, the sign is seen falling away, but when we get a different shot, the sign is well secured.

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Factual error: Delilah is shown stirring a pot of ears of corn. Corn was not known until native Americans introduced it to settlers in North America in the 16th century.

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Visible crew/equipment: As the man walks down the corridor, before being asked for a match, on the left wall there is a shadow of the boom, and briefly the sound man holding it. (00:16:25)

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Revealing mistake: The sea creature Gorgo is paraded through the streets of London on a flatbed tractor trailer, and an off-screen American newsman announces the monster's arrival at Battersea Park, where it will be exhibited at Dorkin's Circus. The announcer introduces the creature's owners as they step from their motorcade, saying, "And our own Mr. Dorkin, of Dorkin's Circus, in the checkered suit." Problem is, Mr. Dorkin is wearing a plain gray flannel suit. Closeup shots of Mr. Dorkin over the next 40 seconds reveal that the suit is not checkered, not plaid, not striped, not patterned in any way at all. It's simply a plain gray suit. Apparently, the announcer's pre-recorded lines were never modified after changes were made in costuming. (00:34:05 - 00:35:00)

Charles Austin Miller
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Suggested correction: You must have been watching a poor-quality copy of the movie. In the HD version available on Amazon, the checkered pattern is visible, although it is subtle. Frankly, it probably would not be visible on a television broadcast of the time.

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Visible crew/equipment: While approaching the two test pilots in the hanger, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the lockers. (01:31:00)

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