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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Poster

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Continuity 

When Mrs. Newton is going to the telephone to inquire about the telegram, her left arm reaches for the wall and in the next shot reaches again.
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Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (13) | Crew or equipment visible (2) | Plot holes (2) | Revealing mistakes (1)

Character error 

At the first dinner in the Newton home, Young Charlie is humming the "Merry Widow Waltz," she identifies it as the work of Victor Herbert. It was written by Franz Lehar, but no one disagrees with the Herbert attribution.
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Continuity 

In the beginning of the film, when the landlady enters Uncle Charlie's room, he is lying on the bed with his hands crossed on his belly holding a cigar. For a moment he appears with his hands and the cigar on his chest.
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When Uncle Charlie leaves his room, the two men outside follow him. A shot from above shows them with very short shadows, showing that is around noon. They separate for a short while and when they meet, their shadows are much longer, though not enough time has passed for it to be that much later.
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When Charlotte Newton is talking to her father from her bed, her father switches from standing in the doorway to leaning against the door frame in between shots.
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When Charlotte and Charlie cross the street to go to the bank, the street corner is empty. In the next shot, there are many people on the same corner.
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The train carrying Uncle Charlie to Santa Rosa, at first has a number 140 on the side and on a tag in front. As it pulls into the station, the front tag has disappeared, and the number on the side has changed to 142.
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When Charlie is leaving the bank president's office Mr. Green is in the background standing behind his desk. He is striped with venetian blind shadows and his chair has a low rounded back. A moment earlier a close up of Mr. Green shows no such shadows and his chair has a high squarish back.
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When the detective returns young Charlie home, her father and his friend can be seen walking around the veranda but young Charlie meets them along the garden path.
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Near the beginning of the movie, Ann answers the phone when the telegraph office calls. She delivers all her responses without pausing long enough to allow the caller to respond.
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When Charlie examines the ring at the library, the manner the ring is held in the closeup is not the same as immediately before or after.
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When Uncle Charlie first greets the Newton family at the train station, Charlotte's arm is around Ann's shoulders but switches to her side in a close up and switches again to being on her shoulders.
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The shadows on the wall vary during the scene when Mrs. Newton is telling Uncle Charlie about the reporters.
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When Charlie and Charlotte are waiting to cross the street a young boy in the crowd is standing immediately behind them. After they cross the street the same boy, wearing different clothes, comes around the corner and passes them.
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In the first scene at the Newton house, Ann's collar gets flipped up while she is standing to answer the telephone. In the next close up shot of her on the telephone, her collar is back in place.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When young Charlie is reading the newspaper in the library, the camera casts a shadow on her back.
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While Charlie watches the cab take her family to Uncle Charlie's speech, the shadows of crew members are visible against the bushes in the background.
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Plot holes 

When Young Charlie finds she's locked in the garage with the car's engine running, she might reasonably have gone back to the car and broken out through the door with the car driven in reverse.
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Uncle Charlie calls Western Union from his hotel room and has them send a telegram. When it arrives, the telegraph office calls the home of the recipient and reads it to them. Who paid for the wire and how?
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Revealing mistakes 

When Anne is talking on the phone to Mrs Henderson, Anne doesn't give Mrs Henderson any time to speak; she just rushes on to her next line.
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