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(1942)

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Continuity 

When the Las Vegas newspaper is first seen in Freeman's pocket at Soda City, it is folded so that the headline cannot be seen. When Kane looks toward the pocket, the headline catches his eye, yet when he reaches for the paper to pull it out of the pocket, it has the original fold with no headline showing.
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The close-up of the Soda City calendar shows a much heavier coating of spider webs than the previous shot.
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When the blind man is setting the table, he is shown placing a plate on the table directly in front of himself. The next shot shows the plate being placed at an angle so that it is in front of Barry.
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In Soda City when the two men find Barry in their hideout, Barry reaches for their Las Vegas newspaper with his left hand. The next shot shows him reaching and holding it with his right hand.
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The truck that picks up Barry Kane is pulling a different trailer when it arrives at Deep Springs Ranch, than during the previous night. When the motorcycle policeman stops the truck during the night, the trailer extends about five feet beyond the rear wheels. But when we see it in the morning, the rear wheels are right at the back of the trailer.
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When Barry and Patricia jumped onto the rear platform of the last circus vehicle, there were only two other vehicles ahead of it. But on two later occasions we see that there are seven other vehicles in convoy ahead.
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After arriving at the Statue of Liberty, a close-up shows Priscilla Lane in a very strong wind mussing her hair. In the next shot her hairdo is perfect.
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From the American Newsreel, Inc. Office, Patricia Martin uses lipstick to write a 4 line message on a blotter which she throws out the skyscraper window. A group of cab drivers below pick up the blotter. Viewing from over one cabby's shoulder, the message is now 3 lines. In a subsequent closeup, the message returns to its original form, followed by another over the shoulder shot showing the second form, again.
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While hitch-hiking the first time, Barry Kane's face is shown smiling in one shot, then jumps to a blank face in the next shot.
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While at Deep Springs Ranch, when Barry Kane is playing catch with baby Susie, the position of the balls on the seat change positions in between shots.
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When the two detectives hold Barry Kane at Tobin's ranch, the detective on Barry's left has his arm by his side. The next mid-shot shows the detective holding Barry's arm with both hands.
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At the society ball, Barry and Pat stop by a dancing couple by the piano to talk to them. The man is shown moving and snapping his fingers then stops dancing in one shot, then is shown dancing again in a subsequent shot.
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When Philip Martin brings out the meal for Barry, he says that it has stopped raining. But through the window we can see the rain still falling, and when Patricia enters, she is coming in out of the rain.
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When Barry arrives in New York, he is taken into an alley and through a doorway. The outside of the door changes drastically between exterior and interior shots.
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When Barry Kane is talking to Tobin at Tobin's ranch, Barry lights a pipe with both hands but the next shot shows the pipe only in his right hand.
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At Deep Springs Ranch when the maid Adele pulls a gun on Barry, one shot shows her holding the gun at her waist with both hands. A subsequent shot shows the gun near a pouch on her apron with her left arm by her side.
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Errors in geography 

When Pat is trying to stall Fry in the Statue of Liberty she asks "Where's Brooklyn?" He points toward the right. Brooklyn is toward the left from where they were standing.
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Moments after leaving Radio City Music Hall, Fry looks out his cab window and sees the sabotaged ship. Aside from the fact that the Brooklyn Navy Yard is many miles away, the Music Hall is on 6th Ave. in the center of Manhattan; no body of water of any sort is visible from that street.
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Factual errors 

At the beginning a Soda-Ash fire extinguisher is filled with Gasoline. Soda-Ash units are pressurized when it's turned upside down. This opens a stopper, releasing Sulfuric Acid into the water which is mixed with baking soda. This results in a large amount of CO2 being generated, pressurizing the canister. Without this gas the Gasoline would hardly come out.
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Miscellaneous 

Although Vaughan Glaser's is credited on-screen as Mr. Miller, he is consistently called "Phillip Martin" within the movie.
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The bearded lady is identified in the credits as "Lorelei" but referred to as "Esmeralda" in the movie.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the confrontation on the Statue of Liberty's torch, the waters of the background can be seen through the statue's arm.
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(at around 1h 21 mins) Tobin descends the stairs and shakes hands with an officer. He shakes with his left hand. The images are mirrored.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

Matte lines visible around Fry when he falls to his death.
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