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First Man Into Space (1959) Poster

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Continuity 

When Dr. von Essen is directing the monster Lt. Prescott over the PA system at headquarters, he tells him to "turn right" - whereupon the monster-Prescott immediately turns left.
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Factual errors 

When Commander Prescott exits a building, he passes a sign that reads, "Flight Operations - Authorised Personnel Only". The film is set on an American Air Force base in New Mexico, and no sign in the United States would use the British spelling of "authorized", with an "s" instead of a "z". (The fact that the film was shot in England accounts for this error.)
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The test aircraft are repeated said to have to pass through "the heat barrier" and then "the controllability barrier" - two "barriers" that do not exist.
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Wilson introduces himself as the "Assistant Chief of State Police". There is no such rank or title in American police forces; "Deputy Chief" would be the most likely title.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of a highway chase, a police officer shoots the monster 7 times with a revolver without reloading.
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In addition to the already-mentioned goof regarding one sign using the British spelling of "Authorised" instead of the American spelling (with a z instead of an s) that would be seen in New Mexico, Commander Prescott twice enters yet another building (the University of Albuquerque Aviation Medicine Dept.) with a sign reading "Scientific Station Authorised Personnel Only".
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Though set in New Mexico, the film (except for some stock and establishment shots) was shot entirely in England, which is why scenes purportedly taking place in an arid state in the American southwest desert feature heavily forested areas with trees, hedges and shrubbery unknown in New Mexico, cold ground fog, and English-style houses and country roads.
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At the end of the opening credits, the Y-12 is shown deep in outer space, yet soon after Commander Prescott states that the plane is at an altitude of 10,000 feet - less than two miles.
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When the plane purporting to be the "Y-13" is shown being wheeled out of its hangar, the actual identification of the plane seen in the stock footage is plainly blurred out on the film.
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The truck driver killed and thrown out of his truck by Lt. Prescott (now a blood-sucking monster) can clearly be seen breathing deeply while lying on the ground.
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At the ransacked Blood Bank, the murdered Nurse (Sheree Winton) body has its nurse hat on when Capt. Ben Richards (Robert Ayres) is looking at her. When Cmdr. Charles Prescott (Marshall Thompson) goes to check her the hat is gone.
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