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(1958)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the manager of the McKittrick Hotel first appears we hear her say, "Yes?" to Scottie off screen, and in the next shot a moment later we see her mouth the word without any sound.
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Character error 

Gavin Elster mentions that the speedometer of his wife's car indicated she had driven 94 miles. This should be the odometer. An odometer measures distance, and a speedometer measures speed.
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Gavin Elster mentions that Carlotta Valdes was 26 when she killed herself. However, her gravestone says that she lived from December 3 1831 to March 5 1857. That would make her 25, not 26.
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Continuity 

As Madeleine leaves the florist in her Jaguar, Scottie follows her in his 1956 DeSoto, with license number HAF 376. However, 54 minutes into the movie, he follows her again, but the camera car, a similar DeSoto, with Scottie at the wheel, passes the HAF 376 licensed DeSoto which is erroneously parked at the curb.
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Both times the main characters drive to the old mission, the wide shots show them driving on the right side of the road. However, all shots inside the car show them driving on the left side of the road.
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The ice cubes in Gavin and Scottie's drinks disappear.
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When Scotty takes Madeleine out of water her shoe is off. When they have reached the pier Madeleine has both shoes again.
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When Scottie and Madeleine are on the coast, she's wearing a white coat with a gauzy black scarf. The scarf is arranged differently in different shots and sometimes is missing entirely.
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While Scottie is spying on Madeleine in the art museum, the furniture and artwork in the gallery seen through the open doorway next to Carlota's portrait is rearranged between shots.
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When the manager of the McKittrick Hotel is walking Scottie to Madeleine's room, the door is cracked open. A close-up shows the door closed and the manager proceeds to open it.
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When Scottie watches Judy on the street talking to her friends outside the flower shop, the same sailor walks past in the same direction, from right to left, twice within 10 seconds.
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When Scottie watches Madeleine walk into the Mission Dolores, there's a mirror on the right front fender of his car. In later shots there's no mirror there.
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The amount of sunlight/shadows in the alley behind the flower shop as first Madeleine and then Scottie walk towards the door.
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The parked cars opposite the alley behind the flower shop change with the camera's point of view.
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The book display in the bookshop window changes between the entering and exiting shots.
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In the scenes that follow Judy putting on the gray dress, the headboard light on her bed disappears and reappears.
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As Judy packs to run away, the breast sections on Madeleine's gray suit in her closet are popped out in one shot and pushed in in another.
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In Ernie's restaurant there are two famous profile shots of Kim Novak; in the second shot however (shot later in production) there is noticeably less background scenery visible.
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As Scottie turns into the flower shop alley, the wall to his right has no windows. When he exits his car, windows have appeared.
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When Madeleine wakes up in Scottie's bed, there are two chairs on either side of the doorway as Scottie exits his bedroom. When he re-enters the bedroom, one chair is missing and the other has moved.
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Before and after Scottie slides off the roof and hangs onto the gutter, there are two views of him shown 90 degrees apart, but in both cases the background view remains the same.
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When Madeleine is in Scottie's apartment after he rescued her from the bay, he offers her two cushions to sit on in front of the fireplace. When he picks up the cushions, they are green. In the next shot, when the cushions are shown hitting the floor, they are gold. When the cushions are shown lying in front of the fireplace after Madeleine has fled, they are green again.
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When Scottie and Madeleine are talking on the beach, there is a tree between them. Madeleine puts her left arm around the tree, but then, without her having moved, she has her back to the tree.
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When Scottie gets out of his car in front of the hotel, his window is down. In the continuing shot as he walks away from the car, the window is closed.
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As Scottie parks alongside Madeline in front of his apartment, his car (actually the camera truck) cuts across several parking spaces. When the angle changes and Scottie is shown stepping from his car, it is parked within one parking space.
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Scottie is standing on the top of a step stool when he faints and falls. In the next scene Midge catches him after he falls only about one foot. Based on the height of the stool he should have fallen at least three feet.
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When Judy and Scottie are talking to the man in the bookshop, the pens in the mans jacket pocket change position and the cigarette burns down far too quick.
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During the opening scene when Scottie hangs onto the rain gutter, the tiling of the roof top he slid down from changes from flat wooden tilings to half-cylindrical brick tilings when the police officer returns to try save Scottie. Close-up shots of the police officer show half-cylindrical brick tilings while the medium shots with officer and Scottie hanging on show flat wooden tilings.
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After Madeleine has talked to Scotty outside his flat and got into her car, a pedestrian is just about to cross the street in the background. The camera cuts back to Scotty following her immediately, but the pedestrian has disappeared.
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When Scotty buys Judy a flower from the street vendor across from Ransohoff's they cut to a studio closeup of them that includes a large bunch of purple carnations which Judy brushes against as they leave, but when the scene returns to the location shot the flower bunch is nowhere to be seen.
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In the various shots inside Scottie's apartment the portable television set next to his couch changes direction, sometimes facing the couch, sometimes facing the bedroom.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As the camera moves away from Scottie standing at the edge of the tower, the shadow of the camera can be seen for a split second on the outer wall of the tower. On the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection DVD, the image is cropped so the shadow cannot be seen.
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Errors in geography 

Scottie and Judy drive through a grove of eucalyptus trees that is located south of San Juan Bautista on the way there from San Francisco.
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Revealing mistakes 

Scotty gives Madeleine a cup of coffee in their first scene together at Scotty's apartment. The high camera angle shows that the cup he hands her is empty.
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When Scottie is following Madeline, while they are driving, Scottie's car turns a couple of seconds before his hand turns the steering-wheel.
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When Scottie buys new clothes for Judy at Ransohoff's, Judy is shown trying on a pair of shoes. Due to the extremely low camera angle when Judy walks away from the camera, it's easy to see that the shoes are not new- their soles are heavily scuffed.
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When Madeleine arrives at Scottie's apartment to post a letter, the establishing shot shows only a few bushes by the metal railings. However, in the closer two shots, more bushes are can be seen against the railings.
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Madeleine enters the McKittrik Hotel and the sky is overcast. When she appears in the window of the 2nd floor room, she is clearly illuminated as from sunlight, throwing a distinct shadow against a light background, while the rest of the shot remains illuminated modestly (possibly assembled footage).
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