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All About Eve (1950) Poster

(1950)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Margo reads the note written by Eve, Bill says, "I understand she's the understudy in there." However, when he turns his head to the camera, his lips aren't forming any words.

Character error 

When Eve tells her life story in the dressing room, she says "then the war came, and we got married. Eddie was in the air force - and they sent him to the South Pacific." The Air Force, wasn't formed until after the war in 1947. During the war it was called the Army Air Forces.
The hands in the bedside clocks do not move.
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At the beginning of Addison DeWitt's "introduction-speech" of everyone in the movie, he's supposed to look at the stage. But the rest of the audience behind him is clearly staring in a different direction.
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In the Cub room, after Eve has returned from her restroom talk with Karen, Addison DeWitt is tapping his cigarette into the ashtray. The cigarette falls off from the holder. He continues tapping until he realizes it fell off and then he attempts to hide the holder behind his hands.
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Continuity 

In the closing credits, the character of Bill Sampson is shown as Bill Simpson.
Bill prepares only two martinis and gives one to Margo and the other to Karen. However, after she drinks, Margo gives him back the empty glass and receives one more.
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After she drinks the martinis, Margo goes up the stairs holding the cigarette in her right hand. Next shot it is in her left hand.
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Sitting on the stair step behind Eve, Bill leans his right arm on his legs. In the subsequent shot, when she stands up, his right hand appears high about his head.
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In The Cub Room, Margo holds a lit cigarette. In the next shot, without having put it in her mouth, she puffs a cloud of smoke.
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After Bill proposes a toast to Margo, she changes the cigarette from her left hand to her right. But next shot it is still in her left hand.
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Just before he enters Eve's suite, DeWitt swaps his cane from his left hand to the right. In following shot, shown from inside, he repeats the change.
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After she arrives at home, Eve picks up one ice cube, puts it in the glass and pours a drink. Phoebe startles her and she drops the drink. Phoebe gathers the glass and two ice cubes.
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In the dressing-room scene at the beginning, Margot turns in her chair to look at Karen. In the subsequent reverse angle, her arm positioning across the back of the chair has completely changed.
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Crew or equipment visible 

While Phoebe is looking at herself in the mirror during the final scene, a crew member sitting on a crane is visible for a few seconds at the top of the shot.
In the first scene just as the camera pulls away from the award plaque, the dolly tracks are visible on the floor.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Eve and Addison De Witt are walking down the street in New Haven from the Schubert Theater, the pedestrians behind them are walking at a faster pace, but never gain any ground on them. This is because "back projection" is being used; George Sanders and Anne Baxter are not really walking down a street. They are "walking in place" and the background is actually projected film being shown behind them.
When Karen, Bill and Margo are returning from a long weekend in the country, they run out of gas. They mention having driven the car over the last few days, but in the two closeups of the dashboard the odometer only reads between 00023 and 00024 miles - the studio probably bought a new car and cut it apart for the interior process shots.
When the car runs out of gas, the fuel gauge still shows that the tank is just under half full.
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When Addison slaps Eve in the hotel room, her head snaps toward him rather than away, indicating a "stage" slap.
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In the car, the snow tracks seen through the back window behind Karen curve to the left, whilst those behind Margo curve to the right.
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