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(1958)

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Continuity 

As the night-man leads Vargas to cabin seven, Vargas jumps from his right side to his left at a cut.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

As the couple is getting into the car at the beginning of the movie, there is exhaust coming from the tailpipe well before we hear the ignition noise.
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When Menzies tells Vargas that his wife is charged with murder, Vargas says, "Murder?" His lips don't move.
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In every scene in which a player piano is operating, the action of piano keys never matches the music that is heard.
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Continuity 

The car that blows up four minutes into the film has the Texas plate AG 3724. 32 minutes into the film police car number 10 also has the Texas plate AG 3724.
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The degree of beard stubble on Quinlan's face changes from sequence to sequence within the same night.
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At the end of the famous opening tracking shot, you can see the sky beginning to change to daylight but the rest of the shots in the sequence happen in the dead of night.
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At about the 50-minute mark, Vargas tells Quinlan that he knows the shoebox did not contain dynamite, and that ten minutes earlier he knocked it onto the bathroom floor and it was empty. But ten minutes earlier the audience saw Vargas knock the box into the bathtub, not onto the floor.
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When Pete Menzies beckons Hank Quinlan to come out of Tana's place, Quinlan's tie is outside of his shirt collar and around his neck. When Quinlan and Menzies are walking the tie is threaded through his collar and not on his bare neck.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Crew and equipment reflected in the side of Vargas's car as he prepares to take his wife to the american motel.
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At the beginning of the famous opening long shot, at the point where the bomb is planted in the trunk of the car, the reflection of a crew member is briefly seen in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
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When Susan Vargas (Janet Leigh) came into her Mirador Motel's room for the first time the shadow of a boom mic is reflected in the ceiling.
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Revealing mistakes 

The car blown up in the opening scene has a completely different radiator grille and front bumper prior to the explosion.
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The explosion in the opening scene shows the car squashing down on all four wheels. The following scenes show the car thrown on its right side.
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