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Pride and Prejudice (1940) Poster

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Anachronisms 

When Mrs. Bennet is seen steaming open the letter to Jane from Caroline Bingley, the envelope is a modern day gummed envelope fit for stationery letters. The year the film takes place is 1815, letters would have been folded in and sealed with a wax seal.

Gummed envelopes would not be invented for another 100 years; therefore it should have been impossible for Mrs. Bennett to steam open a letter that had been sealed with a wax seals.
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At one point, Mr Darcy suggests to Elizabeth that they should "call it quits". There is no recorded instance of this expression before 1851, decades after the film is set.
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Although the film is apparently still set in the time of the original book, the 1810s the costumes are in the style of the 1830s.
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Continuity 

Early in the movie, Mr. Bennet is sitting in his study smoking a pipe when Mrs. Bennet and the daughters return from the village. In anticipation of their arrival, Mr. Bennet puts his pipe into the rack with other pipes. Yet, when Mrs. Bennet enters the room, he is seen smoking the pipe.
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When their cousin Collins is expected to dinner, the butler comes in to light the candles. The mother asks about Collins and when we cut back to the butler, all the candles are lit.
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Factual errors 

Traffic in the film is shown driving on the right. However, traffic in England drives on the left.
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At the dance in Meryton, George Wickham remarks "Ah, polka mazurka!" However the dance music that is playing and continues to play is in triple time, typical of a waltz. The polka is invariably in 2-4 time.
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