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Strangers on a Train (1951) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Guy says "Oh, excuse me" after accidentally bumping Bruno's foot in the opening scene in the train's club car, his voice has plainly been dubbed by another actor.
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When Guy arrives in Metcalf to head off Bruno, he walks up to a taxi and tells the driver, "Amusement park - quick," but the line has clearly been dubbed by a different actor.
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Continuity 

During the initial conversation on the train, Bruno's cigarette vanishes from his mouth mid-sentence.
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There are two tennis balls on the court when Guy is warming up, but they are gone when the game starts.
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When Guy is on the train returning to Metcalf (after the tennis match) you can see over his shoulder that the sun has almost completely set - but the next scene shows Bruno (in line to go back to the island) looking up to see the full sun in the sky.
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When Guy is in Bruno's house, the beam of the flashlight is not consistent between the shot of Guy looking at the map, and the upward shot of Guy looking around to get his bearings.
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When Miriam's glasses drop to the ground as Bruno strangles her, they land softly on the grass and don't break. However after the struggle, when he reaches down to pick them up they are seen to be cracked in one of the lenses.
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Tennis match played before the end of the movie is clearly put together from 2 different games - you can see those are different tennis courts and also stadiums.
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When Bruno is kicking Guy on the merry-go-round, he is not holding the cigarette lighter, but when he dies, he has it in his hand.
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In Bruno's house, the dog on the top of the stairs has stiff ears. That one which licks the Guy's hand in close-up, differently, has flexible ears.
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As Bruno approaches the fairground, following Miriam, the position of his hands changes between shots, from clasped behind his back, to lighting a cigarette.
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The hand that grasps the cigarette lighter in the drain has shorter fingernails than Bruno's hand, as is evident when Bruno's hand is opened in the final fairground scene.
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When Bruno arrives at the Metcalf train station with the cigarette lighter in hand, a background sign for "Ray's Danbury Diner - Low Prices" can be glimpsed in the background. (The scene was filmed at the Danbury train station.) A minute later, the sign reads "Ray's Metcalf Diner".
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When Bruno is following Miriam on the carousel, the speed of the background is not consistent with the next shot when the carousel is coming to a stop.
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When Guy is having a conversation with Professor Collins on the train, the drunk man's legs switch from being crossed to uncrossed.
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When Guy goes to the Morton house after being interrogated by the police, Barbara's placement on the couch varies.
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As Bruno strangles Miriam at the amusement park, she is seen, in the reflection of her glasses lens, being forced to the ground on her back. In the next close-up shot when Bruno retrieves the cigarette lighter next to Miriam's head, she is face down on the ground.
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In Miriam's murder scene, her glasses fall to the grass and the left lens is cracked. When Bruno gives the glasses to Guy, the right lens is cracked.
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During the Forest Hills tennis match, Guy's shadow moves from behind him, to in front of him, to his left, and to his right, even within a given game. Curiously, his shadow is always long, regardless of direction, so none of these shots were made during midday.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A crew member is reflected in the car door when the two detectives get out of the car at the station they have chased Guy to.
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When Bruno gets back into his boat after strangling Miriam, he sits down and pulls a lever to put the boat in reverse. At this point you can clearly see a harness attached to the stern tighten and pull the boat backwards from the dock.
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After Guy has passed the dog on the stairs and proceeds, a shadow is seen moving out of the frame at the bottom of the next stairs.
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Errors in geography 

When Bruno takes a taxi from the Anthony house in Arlington, Virginia, to travel to Union Station in Washington, the taxi crosses a bridge over the Potomac River, which separates Virginia and Washington, D.C. The taxi is crossing the bridge in the wrong direction, because the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument (located in D.C.) are shown through the rear window of the taxi.
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Guy boards a train to Connecticut from Penn Station New York. Another passenger remarks the train will be late arriving in Baltimore. Baltimore is in the opposite direction from New York.
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Factual errors 

Early in the film, when the train pulls into the station, the NHRR coaches are the newer, smooth sided coaches, commonly referred to as American Flyer Coaches, because they were modeled by American Flyer, which was located in New Haven. When the passengers exited the train, the coaches were the older coaches, referred to as Heavy Weight Coaches.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Bruno drops the lighter down the sewer, he tells the bystanders, he needs help retrieving his cigarette CASE. Perhaps Bruno thought it would sound more important if he said he'd dropped a case rather than a mere lighter.
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Revealing mistakes 

Except for the first few rows of real humans up front, the rest of the tennis fans in the stands are fake; they are painted on a mural of some kind.
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When Hennessey and Hammond follow Guy to the station, they see him at the ticket booth. As they carry on to follow him, several people in the background walking through the station and going up the escalator can be seen looking and pointing towards the camera and crew.
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When Guy arrives in Washington D.C. at night, the illuminated capitol dome is visible in the background. The dome 'vibrates' (compare with tree in the middle ground), revealing the shot to be assembled footage.
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Obvious double playing the final match instead of Guy.
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Behind the photographers just before the start of the tennis match we can see a scoreboard showing a completed 5-set match.
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Robert Walker has fingernails that were a little long. After the mother gives him a manicure and asks if she cut them too short, it appears that his nails never got worked on at all.
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Bruno strains to the limit to reach the lighter at the bottom of the drain, but when he grasps it, he does it with ease with no sign of strain at all.
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When the detectives lose Guy outside the Forest Hills tennis stadium, they are shown standing on a curb, with a black car parked down the street behind them, before Hennesey dashes out across the street and flags down another vehicle. When he jumps in and asks the woman in the back seat to let them follow Guy's cab, the same street and parked black car are seen through that vehicle's rear window, even though that car was plainly stopped coming from a different street and a different direction.
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In the scene during which Bruno is speaking French to the Darvilles, and is interrupted by Barbara, there is a jump cut on Guy's face as he approaches Barbara.
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When the two body guards are chasing after Guy, they stop on a street where the shadows in the background are cast to look like the sun is shining from above. However, when the two body guards are standing next to each other, they cast shadows on each other as if the light is coming from the front of them.
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When Bruno drops the lighter down the drain, it clearly falls in and directly down the drain, so couldn't have landed on the narrow ledge near the top.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

As Bruno is hurrying back to his boat after strangling Miriam on the island, he passes other couples laying on the grass as the voices of Miriam's boyfriends are heard calling for her. When the boys find her dead and begin shouting for help, these bystanders jump up in alarm and react to their cries. But many of them jump up several seconds earlier, while the boyfriends are still heard playfully calling Miriam, clearly because the soundtrack and the film were not matched and edited properly.
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