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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Among the celebrity gifts Whiteside receives is a mummy case from the "Khedive of Egypt." There was no Khedive of Egypt after 1914, when the Ottoman Empire joined the German alliance in World War I, and opponent Great Britain seized control of Egypt. The play on which the movie is based debuted in 1939, and references events of that 25-year-later period. It is just possible that the reference is to the last man to hold the title, who retired to Switzerland and died in 1944.
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Character error 

While ice skating, Bette Davis refers to Sonja Henie as Sonja "Hiney".
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Continuity 

After Banjo hands Whiteside 'Lana Turner's sweater' ( in a package ), in the next instant, after the cut, nothing is in Whiteside's hands.
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When Mr. Whiteside is having his conversation with June, each time the camera angle changes, Whiteside alternates his position from sitting back in his chair to leaning forward.
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At one point in the film, Maggie Cutler goes to the window and comments on the snow falling outside. The falling snow is clearly visible outside the window. Then the camera goes to a medium shot, with all the windows visible, but from this angle, no snow is seen to be falling whatsoever.
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Factual errors 

Nurse Preen said to Mr. Whiteside, "If Florence Nightingale had ever nursed YOU, Mr. Whiteside, she would have married Jack the Ripper instead of founding the Red Cross!" While Florence Nightingale is indisputably an early leader of nursing, Henri Dunant founded what became the International Red Cross.
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