mdwalker

12th Jun 2022

Annie (1982)

Trivia: In the "Let's go to the Movies" prologue number at the theater, one of the lines is: "Only happy endings, that's our guarantee," but then they show "Camille," which has a very sad and depressing ending.

mdwalker

13th May 2022

The Burbs (1989)

Revealing mistake: When the Klopek's house is burning and the roof starts to collapse, the "house" is really just an empty shell.

mdwalker

18th Feb 2022

M*A*S*H (1972)

Show generally

Factual error: Throughout the series, there are repeated instances of "I Corps" being pronounced, "Eye Corps." Since Army corps are designated by Roman numerals, it should be pronounced, "First Corps." (I wonder how they would have pronounced "III Corps" or "XVII Corps?").

mdwalker

16th Feb 2022

Radioactive (2019)

Factual error: Three B-29 bombers took part in the Hiroshima mission, flying together at 31,000 feet. Enola Gay carried the bomb, Greate Artiste carried scientific instrumentation, and an unnamed third plane carried photographic equipment. The bomb detonated at 1000 feet above the ground, so it is highly unlikely that anyone could have seen it falling.

mdwalker

20th Jan 2022

The Naked Gun (1988)

19th Jan 2022

Radioactive (2019)

Factual error: Marie Curie did set up mobile X-ray units during WWI, but they were not on the battlefield, but in field hospitals, well behind the front lines. (No one wants a field hospital to be hit by rifle or artillery fire).

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Factual error: The "Olympic team" sailing on the ship consists of approximately 18 men. The actual 1952 US Olympic team consisted of 286 competitors (245 men and 41 women), plus a large number of coaches, trainers, and so on.

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Pompeii's Gate to Hell - S4-E8

Factual error: This episode includes a segment about an abandoned dry dock in San Francisco. At one point, one of the commentators several times refers to the U.S.S. Ward as a "battleship," and marvels that it was built in 17 days. The Ward (DD-139) was a 1200-ton destroyer, not a battleship, and was launched after only 17 days, but then took another two months to complete. By way of comparison, the California (BB-44), an actual battleship of 32,000-tons built during the same time period, too nearly five years to complete.

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4th Jul 2020

The Birds (1963)

Factual error: The firefighters arrive at the gas station and proceed to spray water on the fire. You cannot put out a gasoline fire with water; it requires firefighting foam. Water would only spread the fire even more.

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15th Jun 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Trivia: Thomas Heggen wrote the novel "Mister Roberts" based on his wartime experiences on two Navy cargo ships, U.S.S. Virgo (AKA-20) and U.S.S. Rotanin (AK-108). The Virgo was an attack cargo ship, designed for use in amphibious assaults, and saw quite a bit of action. In the movie, U.S.S. Hewell (AKL-14) was used as the fictional Reluctant. The Hewell was a light cargo ship, designed for coastal operations. A basic comparison of the three ships follows: Hewell/Reluctant: 176 feet long, 500 tons, 26 crew (not 62, as stated in the movie.) Rotanin: 441 feet long, 4000 tons, 206 crew Virgo: 460 feet long, 6500 tons, 404 crew.

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29th May 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Factual error: Pulver supposedly had been on the ship for 14 months without the captain knowing he was aboard. But, the captain would have had to interview him when he came aboard, assign him his duties, and complete a fitness report on him every six months. In addition, all of the officers take their meals in the wardroom, so the captain would have seen him several times a day.

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29th May 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Factual error: The Captain, Roberts, Pulver, and the doctor are the only officers ever seen or mentioned. No Executive Officer, and no officers in Deck, Engineering, Operations, Supply, etc. Also, Dowdy is apparently the only Chief Petty Officer on board.

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Suggested correction: Other officers are on board. When they are loading supplies to one of the landing craft, an officer tells Mr Roberts to keep any fresh fruit on board for the Captain's mess. That man is dressed in Khaki's and is not Pulver or the Dr. Also, we never see the entire crew, at most we see 20-30 men. Other CPO's can be on board, just never seen.

29th May 2020

Mister Roberts (1955)

Factual error: There is no such thing as a Laundry and Morale Officer. The ship's laundry was under the auspices of the Supply Officer, as were numerous other functions. In the novel on which the movie was based, Ensign Pulver was described as "one of the engineering officers."

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15th May 2020

On the Town (1949)

Factual error: None of the sailors has either service ribbons or rate insignia on his uniform. Even if they were all fresh out of boot camp, they would have had to have at least a rate insignia.

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1st May 2020

Columbo (1971)

Factual error: Sacajawea was not a "tracker." Lewis and Clark hired her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and her as interpreters, because she spoke the Shoshone language. (She was 16 and pregnant at the time).

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Other mistake: Don, Lena, and crew have a nearly impossible time when starting to shoot "The Dueling Cavalier" as a talkie. But, before that, we see a different group shooting the complex, Zigfeld-esque "Beautiful Girl" number for another picture with no problems at all.

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25th Feb 2020

What's Up, Doc? (1972)

Continuity mistake: When Judy and Howard leave the hotel to go to Larrabee's home, she is wearing the pantsuit she was wearing the night before at the banquet. Just before that, when they are in the roof restaurant, she is wearing a different outfit. But, by that time, the reporter already had her overnight bag, so she could not have changed clothes.

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Trivia: The hull number given the submarine in the movie, 593, was the hull number of the U.S.S. Thresher, a nuclear attack (not missile) submarine that sank at sea on 10 April 1963, with the loss of all 129 on board.

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Factual error: At the start of the movie, Frank is shown departing the Enterprise along with enlisted men. On large ships such as carriers, there are two separate brows (i.e., "gangplanks"), one for officers and one for enlisted personnel.

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