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Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956) Poster

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Anachronisms 

By the time of filming, one of the turrets on INS Delhi (HMNZS Achilles) had been removed and HMS Cumberland was a trials ship without any guns.
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Little attempt is made to 'age' Montevideo to the period of the film and it looks far more like the mid-fifties, when it was filmed, than 1939.
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The American reporter asks the telephone switchboard operator to get "NBC, CBC, ABC" on the line. Although NBC and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) existed in 1939, when this movie was supposed to take place, ABC wasn't formed until 1943.
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Continuity 

After HMS Cumberland had joined Ajax and Achilles replacing Exeter, the three ships portrayed in following scenes were still the same three initial cruisers, with HMS Jamaica playing a role of HMS Exeter.
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As HMS Exeter prepares for battle the personnel on the bridge are looking to the port bow; however, when the ship is shown immediately afterwards, all of the weapons are pointing over the starboard bow.
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When the crew of the Ajax cheers the Achilles in long shot, the crew (including both bridges) are wearing dark blue naval uniforms, but when it switches to close ups of both bridges, they are in tropical white uniforms.
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When the British first spot the Graf Spee through binoculars, a prominent cloud of smoke is billowing from the battleship's funnel. But the full frame shot of the ship shows no smoke at all.
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When the petty officer runs forward on Exeter after she is hit in the bow, he reacts to the explosion of another shell before the hit occurs. He then completely disappears between frames and a repair party suddenly appears. It can also be seen that the ship is not moving through the water during these scenes.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Graf Spee is leaving Montevideo, there are some cars visible on her deck.
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Factual errors 

The German Navy had no capacity to refuel and resupply alongside and underway. The seamanship required was exclusive to the US and its allies at least through the 1970's.
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A symbolic scene, when a crane lowers a lifeboat with Captain Dove into an aircraft hangar of "Admiral Graf Spee", and the roof closes over it, could not happen, because such hangars were typical for US ships only, and "Graf Spee" had no aircraft hangar.
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In the opening scenes the German sailors are carrying American Thompson M1A1 sub-machine guns instead of German weapons such as the MP38 or MP40.
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When Captain Dove is first brought aboard the Graf Spee, the anti-aircraft gunners are wearing US-pattern steel helmets, not the German "coal-scuttle" design. This is noticeable in various other scenes as well, and is due to the fact that the Graf Spee is being played by the USS Salem.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Benard Lee is on the deck of the "Graf Spee", one of the main battery turrets plainly has a U.S. Navy "E" on it.
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