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(1936)

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Anachronisms 

After the Earthquake, the driver of a Salvation Army wagon tells Blackie Norton that he is heading to "Daly City to get milk for the kiddies." Daly City was not incorporated until 1911. In 1906 it was called Vista Grande.
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As Jack Burley walks past a piano backstage at the opera,there is a copy of "The Hollywood Reporter" propped up on the piano. This publication first appeared in 1930.
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The song "Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here!", heard during New Year's Eve, was not written until 1917.
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The 'highbrow number' sung by Mary Blake while Blackie Norton entertains Jack Burley and Signor Baldini in his box early in the film, is "A Heart That's Free" by Alfred G. Robyn, composed in 1910.
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The song "San Francisco" by Bronislau Kaper was composed for this film and not extant in 1906.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Blackie is looking at the facade of a building crumbling, you can quickly see the giant hand of an FX technician pushing the facade away from the miniature building at the top right.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The earthquake actually occurred at 5:13 am. In the movie the timing appears to be in the late evening, not in the early morning. The prologue of the opening credits states the correct time of the earthquake: April 18, 1906 at 5:13 am but it is easy to understand any confusion since with the cinematography at the time, day for night shots were used in exterior sets and with model sets, so that the full impact of the earthquake in progress could be easily seen. Also, it took at least three days for the fire to be extinguished and with the one night shot in those sequences, it appears that the timing of events after the earthquake was much shorter than it actually was.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Blackie walks away from a building being blown up (actually a process shot), Clark Gable's head becomes momentarily transparent.
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