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Mr. Sardonicus (1961) Poster

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Anachronisms 

In the opening scene Sir Robert and his assistant Wainright are working on a paralyzed girl's legs. The story is set in 1880 yet the young girl clearly shows evidence of a recently-removed band-aid from the side of her right ankle. Adhesive bandages were invented in 1920.
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In 1880, the Baroness talks of a "fascinating writer" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle did not publish his first minor work until 1883, and was not well-known until the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story - "A Study in Scarlet" in 1887.
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Sir Robert "invents" the hypodermic needle, despite its having been invented decades earlier than the film's 1880 setting.
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Character error 

Sir Robert attempts to shave when he is already clean-shaven to begin with.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As the Doctor arrives in the train depot in Gorslava, the door opens and the camera pulling away is reflected in the door's glass.
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Factual errors 

The winning lottery number only has 4 digits (and the ticket only has space for 4 digits) implying that there could only ever be 10,000 different lottery numbers in that lottery. However, Sardonicus wins enough money to become a baron and buy a castle. The only way this could happen is if either each lottery ticket cost a great deal of money, or if the organizers of the lottery made a huge loss.
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Spoilers

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Factual errors 

Henryk's body could not possibly have decayed to such an extent in the short while between burial and exhumation.
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