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(1944)

Goofs

Plot holes 

When McPherson goes to Lydecker's, he is nosing around with some of his art stuff and picks something up. Lydecker tells him to leave it alone or some such, as it is priceless and not to break it. However, we will see that Lydecker is in the bathtub, and the door is nearly completely shut, he could not have seen McPherson doing anything from that vantage.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The clock, which is heard to strike the time, only has one keyhole on its face. However, because the striking mechanism is separate from the timekeeping mechanism, a chiming clock must have at least two separate keyholes - one for the clock itself, and one for the strike. Presumably the prop was made only to keep the time since the production staff knew they would be adding the sound of the chime in post-production.

Continuity 

When Lydecker is talking to Laura about Carpenter, he reaches for the file twice.
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In the initial long-shot when McPherson and Lydecker are out to dinner, McPherson's chair is unoccupied (about 15:28). When the camera is at their table, McPherson has materialized.
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When McPherson first interviews Mrs. Treadwell, the position of his elbow changes between shots, from being up to resting on his leg.
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When McPherson is seated talking to Carpenter at the country house, his position in relation to Carpenter changes between shots.
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Lydecker reaches for the cigarette case twice.
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Lydecker manages to exit his bath, dry, and dress himself during the course of his conversation with the detective, without being out of breath.
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Errors in geography 

Lydecker recognizes McPherson's name from "the siege of Babylon, Long Island", where McPherson had gone in and captured a criminal in spite of being shot. However, McPherson is a New York City detective. Babylon is in Suffolk County, Long Island, some forty miles outside the city, and well out of McPherson's jurisdiction, so it makes no sense that he would have been in a gun battle that far away from his area of authority.

Revealing mistakes 

When Lydecker gets out of his tub and puts on his robe, the seat of the robe is already wet, suggesting that this was not the first take of this scene.
When Lydecker recognizes McPherson's name, one can see part of the waist-band of a bathing suit worn by Lydecker in the bath tub.
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When McPherson arrives to question Lydecker, he hears the fancy clock begin to chime. However, when he looks at the clock, you can see the hands have already advanced about two minutes.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Near the end when the police break in to the the apartment, the detective fires his revolver and there is a lag before Lydecker is shot.
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Continuity 

When Laura's maid rushes up to her after after McPherson accuses her, Laura holds the maid by her shoulders, but in the next shot, she is holding the maid's hand by her chest.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At Laura's apartment, the day after her return, as Shelby Carpenter walks through the door and then to Laura, a moving shadow of equipment or of crew is cast on the floor near McPherson.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Lydecker tells Det. McPherson that Laura called him the night of her murder to say she was leaving to spend a few days at her cottage. Yet that same night Lydecker goes looking for her at her apartment. However, as Waldo was lying about the night of the murder, it is possible that he simply forgot what he had said before.

Revealing mistakes 

Laura turns on the radio and sits at her vanity. She's listening to Waldo Lydecker's radio program. Waldo slips in unnoticed just as his radio voice finishes speaking. In the silence Waldo speaks to Laura and startles her. The radio announcer then says "This has been the voice of Waldo Lydecker, by electrical transcription." Then Laura and Waldo talk to each other as the scene (and movie) ends.

That the radio is completely silent all during this time is completely unrealistic. In radio terminology, this silence is known as "dead air". Among professional broadcasters, dead air is considered one of the worst things that can occur and could cause the radio program to lose its sponsors.
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