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Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The black 1954 Corvette that Hammer drives was available only as a 6 cylinder with automatic transmission; the sound that is dubbed is of a 4 cylinder with manual transmission.
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(at around 1h 10 mins) The singer is shown standing with both hands on the microphone stand. When Hammer is sitting at the bar, during the same song, the singer is shown in a reflection playing a piano and not singing, though she is still heard singing.
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When Mike pulls into the gas station and asks to have the right front wheel checked, the attendant says "Yes, sir!" but his lips don't move.
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Boom mic visible 

When Mike Hammer is talking to the old man with the trunk in the doorway of the apartment house, a microphone is briefly visible in the upper-left portion of the archway.
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Continuity 

When Hammer is talking to Evello in Evello's mansion, the telephone receiver in the background switches position between shots.
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At the beginning, Christina (Cloris Leachman's character) is shown running at the side of the highway, but the shots of only her feet show her running along the painted center line of the highway.
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Mike Hammer approaches a street vendor, buys some popcorn, and walks away eating it (which takes a few seconds.) A clock in the background progressively shows 2:00, 2:15, and 2:20.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The shadow of the camera is visible on Mike Hammer in the tracking shot of him entering and walking into his apartment.
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When Nick discovers Hammer's Corvette, a crew member's reflection is visible in the driver-side door.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the final scene in the beach house, Albert Dekker addresses the character Lily Carver by the name Gabrielle. While similar to the actress' real name, a change in character name is true to the plot.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Hammer is brought to the beach house for the first time by the 2 thugs and is trying to escape the ensuing brief chase and fight is shown in alternating close ups and from distance. The shots from distance clearly show different actors, stand-ins for the thugs than those playing them in the close-ups and throughout the movie.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

The "whatsit" is connected to Los Alamos, meaning that what was inside the box was nuclear. However, neither uranium nor plutonium would show a behavior similar to what is depicted in the movie, except for the heat generation and the radiation burns (Nick's wouldn't be fatal per se). The "screaming" and light manifestation is more typical of white phosphorus's reaction with air oxygen. Furthermore, opening the box would not trigger a nuclear explosion. Anyway, an explosion of the kind that ends the movie would contaminate a significant portion of California with radioactive material.
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Factual errors 

Near the beginning of the film, as Christina is being tortured by Dr. G. E. Soberin and a henchman, she continues to scream even after her legs stop moving, and she has apparently already died. In addition, at the end of the film, as Gabrielle opens "the great whatsit" box and is burned by the radioactive material inside, she utters the same identical scream long after she appears to have mostly gone up in flames.
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