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The Black Cat (1934) Poster

(1934)

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Jump to: Audio/visual unsynchronised (3) | Continuity (2) | Revealing mistakes (2) | Spoilers (1)

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

None of the organ music matches the notes the characters are playing. This is most visible when Karloff is playing Toccata and Fugue in D minor late in the film.
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"And this is the old chart room for the long-range guns. The guns are gone but the charts are still here." As Poelzig speaks these words, his mouth is not moving.
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The sounds of the explosions do not match the visuals in the long shots of Poelzig's house as the undermined dynamite explodes.
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Continuity 

After everyone goes to bed, Poelzig enters Werdegast's room to "settle" things. But Alison and Werdegast have switched rooms. Werdegast enters the room to reveal this fact and is wearing only pajamas. Werdegast and Poelzig then exit the room. When the scene cuts to Werdegast's room, he is now wearing a robe.
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When Werdegast and Poelzig are fighting near the end of the film, Poelzig is on top of Werdegast, choking him. Werdegast then turns the tables and ends up on top of Poelzig. After Thamal (Werdegast's servant) enters the room, Poelzig is suddenly on top of Werdegast, and is choking him again.
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Revealing mistakes 

One of the women in Poelzig's glass coffins visibly moves while he is admiring her.
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The adjoining door connecting Joan's room to Peter's changes from a sliding door (in scenes in the first half of the film) to a hinge-opening door (beginning when the black cat enters Joan's room followed by Karen and thereafter).
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

When Thamal, Werdegast's Servant, falls dead he lands backwards onto what is supposed to be a stone or cinder-block wall; yet when he hits the wall it buckles and bounces as if made of cardboard.
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