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House of Dracula (1945) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The film is set in 1880 and in one scene a doctor examines a patient with an X-ray machine, which wasn't invented until the early 1900s,
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The film is set in 1880. In one scene a character is seen reading "Newsweek" magazine, which didn't begin publication until 1933.
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Continuity 

At least four different cats are used in the three almost identical hissing cat scenes. In the second scene, the cat changes into another half way through.
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Plot holes 

In establishing continuity with House of Frankenstein, the resurrection of Frankenstein is a well-treated plot element, but it is never explained how Baron Latos and Larry Talbot have come back from their deaths in that movie.
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Since Edelman is infected with Dracula's blood, he is also a vampire. So Talbot's lead bullets should have no effect on him.
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Revealing mistakes 

Although the Frankenstein Monster has been mouldering in a warm, moist environment for years (in the muddy caves at the base of the cliff), his clothing is apparently immortal, too, for in the very next scene after his discovery in the caves his clothing appears pristine and brand new, showing no signs of the inevitable mold and rot that ordinary fabric would incur in such conditions (unless, of course, the Doctor has re-dressed him in identical clothes, which seems unlikely). In contrast, the clothing of Dr. Niemann, who was buried/and found with the Monster, has completely rotted away, to reveal only bones.
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Some scenes of the Frankenstein monster use stock footage from Bride of Frankenstein and The Ghost of Frankenstein wherein the differences between Boris Karloff. Lon Chaney Jr. and Glenn Strange in the same role become apparent.
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The skeleton of Dr. Niemann in the cave has a highly visible, perfectly even, horizontal seam line running all the way around the top of the head; it is obviously a skeleton model often sold by medical and education supply houses to schools, etc.
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When the vampire bat is flying, the strings guiding it are visible.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

When the blood of Dracula has overtaken Dr. Edlemann, we see his reflection in the mirror disappear. However, later in the film, as the doctor leads Larry Talbot out into the garden as the full moon rises, we see his reflection in the window.
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