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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Poster

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Continuity 

When Scott and Louise are talking with the doctor and she remembers the day they were in the boat and he mentions the mist, Louise's shirt changes to black as they get into the car.
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When Scott brings the lampshade to the ground, the lampshade cover falls upside down. Between shots it appears to be turned on its side.
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When Scott approaches the bird behind the wire mesh, he is holding the piece of cake with his left hand. Next shot the piece of cake is in his right hand.
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Factual errors 

Although Scott Carey grows increasingly smaller, the pitch of his voice never changes. The pitch of a person's voice is primarily dictated by the size of the vocal chords; as he decreases in size, his voice should have increased in pitch, eventually becoming inaudible to human ears.
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Even though the spider in this film is clearly a tarantula, the spider is shown sitting in a standard type spider web. Tarantulas do not build webs like that. They live in burrows or holes.
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Shrinking from 6 feet to 6 inches means a scale reduction 1:12 which means that volume, and then weight, reduces in a scale 1:12 cubed. If a 6 feet man weights 80kg the shrunk version would weight 46 grams. He should have moved much faster. In the cellar he is about 3 inches and he weights about 2 grams. He should have climbed with no efforts.
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After he struggles across the paint stick, it collapses. Later he descends from the top of the crate down to the floor again, but he couldn't possibly have made it, as the paint stick had fallen.
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Revealing mistakes 

Look carefully when Scott is running from the cat and from the spider. In the close-up shots Scott has a shadow. In the distant shots he has no shadow because he wasn't really there, he was just placed on top of the film!
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When Scott is crossing the hole in the crate by holding onto a rope and walking on the ledge of the paint can, the extra rope that should be hanging in the hole stays horizontal, revealing that the hole is, in fact, not a hole. It is especially visible when he gets to the other side and pulls back the rope towards him.
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When Scott is standing at the top of the cellar stairs, calling down to his wife, the picture on the wall behind him is clearly visible through his body.
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In all of the far shots of Scott being small, he casts no shadow. Yet, he does cast a shadow in the close up shots.
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As Scott goes out into the night to the diner, people walking around cast shadows on the ground. Yet, Scott casts no shadow at all.
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