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Blackmail (1929) Poster

(1929)

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Continuity 

A policeman stops the cab with a fleeing Tracy, and the officer looks into the cab standing no more than a foot from the bumper. When the panicky Tracy flees the cab, the bobby is ten feet from the taxi's front and is facing in the opposite direction.
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Alice's hair is different on multiple occasions on switching camera angle close-ups. Most noticeable when Crewe is attempting to assist Alice button the back of her dress...and in Scotland Yard right before Alice and Frank stroll down a long hallway.
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When Alice first asks Crewe to button the dress, her hands are behind her back holding the dress. In the next shot, her hands are on her hips.
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After Alice fills out the form to see the Inspector, she lays down the pen on the table. In the next shot she still has it in her hand.
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When the blackmailer (Tracy) is lighting his cigar at the "standing-flame", the handle is on the opposite side during the close-up.
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When Crewe begins to walk upstairs with Alice, his coat is tucked under his left arm. However, as he continues upstairs, his coat is suddenly draped over his right arm.
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Alice grasps the knife in a normal cutting position, with her thumb at the front of the handle. But her grip is different as she takes it behind the curtain: the knife is now held below her fist, with her thumb at the back of the handle, in a stabbing position.
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When the Artist helps Alice fasten the ballerina outfit, the position of the sleeve on her shoulder changes between shots.
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When the artist is talking to the landlady, his walking stick is tucked under his arm. When he turns around, it is hanging on his forearm.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the artist is talking to Alice (Anny Ondra), he calls her Annie at one point, before correcting himself.
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When Alice "unlocks" the door to the building where she lives, it starts to open as soon as the key reaches the door. It was clearly not only not locked, but not even latched. However, she goes through with the motion of unlocking it.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Alice gets up out of her bed after staying out all night, she puts her left sleeve over her shoulder. In the next shot as she is looking in the mirror, both of her shoulders are bare.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Alice stabs the artist, the knife she is holding does not have any blood on it even though she supposedly stabbed him nine times with it.
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