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(1949)

Goofs

Character error 

When Cody is in the shoot-out with the Police towards the end of the movie he is up high on a platform. Just before he shoots his revolver he closes his eyes and flinches before he pulls the trigger on his gun.
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The character of "The Reader" is called "Herbert" by Cody in a scene in their cell and by his lawyer during a conversation in the visitors room. Yet when Evans is listening to the police radio broadcast giving the names of the convicts who escaped with Jarrett in the prison break, The Reader's name is given as "Michael Curtin".
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When Pardo is in line to get his injection, he starts a fight to get off the line and avoid being recognized by Bo Creel. But starting the fight draws more attention to him than if he'd remained quietly on line, and increased his chances of being spotted and identified. Also, the inmate giving the shots was looking at the arms of those on line, not their faces, as they moved passed him.
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Continuity 

Roughly 33 minutes in. As Evans and Pardo drink coffee, Evans' coffee cup changes several times from a dark to a light cup.
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The fabric marker on Ma Jarrett's car changes positions.
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When Cody, Velma and Ma duck into the drive-in theatre to evade the police, the film showing is TASK FORCE which Ma Jarrett also states was the movie playing when questioned by the police the next day. However, a close look at the marquee on the drive-in theatre reveals that the film playing is SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS.
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In the last scene after Cody and the gang try to escape the refinery (after the Police presence has been made known), the day to night continuity during the escape/shoot-out scene changes far too fast. After a Police character says ..."Get some search lights", the film goes straight from noticeable day-for-night photography to actual night photography.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the gang is leaving the hideout on the way to rob the refinery, the shadow of a camera can be seen on the side of the gas tanker as it pulls onto the road.
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In the opening railroad heist, there is a shot of a man jumping down from a tunnel portal onto the train. When he lands the mats used to break his fall can be clearly seen.
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Errors in geography 

In two different scenes, police cars pass in front of the same supermarket, though one scene is supposed to be in Los Angeles and the other in Illinois.
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The police, planning to travel from Los Angeles to a state prison in Illinois, would probably have planned to fly to Chicago and not Springfield. The envelope sent to Vic / Hank only says "state penitentiary, Ill.," but they probably would have been in Joliet or Pontiac, both in NE IL.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the shot looking toward the ceiling of the prison machine shop, showing the piece of equipment Parker plans to drop on Jarrett supposedly dangling directly over Jarrett's head, it is clear that the object is in fact well to the right of Jarrett (from his perspective), undoubtedly a precaution by the filmmakers so that it would not accidentally fall and hit actor James Cagney (Jarrett).
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Big Ed's corpse breathes.
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After the prison break, the men are in their cabin hideout when the phone rings. Cody gets angry and rips it off the wall with several violent tugs yet the wire never moves. Once the phone comes completely loose, it's apparent that the phone was never hooked up to the wire in the first place.
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The gas station attendant removes the radiator cap with his bare hand.
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After the train job at the first hide-out, some of the gang is gathered around the 1947 Cadillac 75 limo listening to the radio news about their caper. A shot of the interior shows a chrome "Cadillac" script on a plate above the radio speaker grille. This plate must be removed when a radio is installed as this is where the dial, controls, and push buttons are located. Since the plate is still present, it means in reality there is no radio in the car.
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As the camera pans the Los Angeles skyline before dissolving to the inside of Evans's office, it is broad daylight. But when the scene dissolves to the office interior, where Evans is interrogating Willie the informant, it's suddenly dark outside as seen through the window, and all the lights in the room are on, further indicating it's night. Subsequently, the scene shifts from the interior of Evans's office back to the L.A. skyline, and once again it's daytime. Also, the skyline shot of the buildings shown after this office scene is obviously a freeze-frame, as the flags are frozen in mid-flutter and there is no other movement visible.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

At the end, Evans calls Cody Jarrett "Garrett" twice on the bullhorn in the payroll office.
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Continuity 

When Cody drags Verna back into the hideout to "get" Big Ed Somers, he deliberately rings the "alarm" bell which Ed has installed on the front door. After the shots are fired and Cody's gang rushes through the door, the bell is silent.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Big Ed's lifeless body is kicked downstairs, his hand comes forward to protect his head during the fall.
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Revealing mistakes 

Right near the end, when the Feds are calling to Cody with a bullhorn, the bullhorn has "Warner Bros. Elect Dept." stenciled on it.
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