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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

After Jane kicks Blanche, Blanche falls and Jane walks around her to kick her again, but when she kicks her again, she is in the same position that she was when she first kicked her, obviously as she kicks her from the right side of the screen (she would be on the left side of the screen if she walked around her).
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Jane is checking her horoscope you can clearly hear her saying "Gemini", yet her mouth doesn't move at all.
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Character error 

The police report describes Jane's car as a "1940 or 1941 black convertible". It is in fact a 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible.
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Daddy Hudson announces that Baby Jane dolls can be purchased after the show and guarantees them to be exact duplicates of Baby Jane Hudson. The dolls in the foyer do not look like Baby Jane and are not identical to each other.
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In in the end of the movie Baby Jane's mole does not appear on her cheek.
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Continuity 

When Blanche removes the note she has typed to throw to her neighbour from the typewriter, the machine's carriage is at the far right. The next shot is a close up of Blanche adding a handwritten footnote to the letter - the typewriter carriage is now positioned centrally.
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Blanche screws up the note to throw it to her neighbor. However when Jane hands the folded note to Blanche it has no sign of having been screwed up. Apart from folded, the paper is pristine.
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In one scene Jane parks the Lincoln convertible in the garage head-in. The next time we see the car, it's been backed into the garage.
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When Jane is shocked by her reflection in the mirror, the expression in her face as well as her posture has changed in the next shot.
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In the first scene featuring nextdoor neighbor Mrs. Bates, she places the telephone on the coffee table twice.
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Mrs. Bates pays her first visit to the Hudson home during early morning hours (Jane is fixing breakfast) but when she returns to her own home next door supposedly just minutes later, outdoor shadows indicate that hours have passed and it's now early-mid afternoon.
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When Edwin first visits the Hudson home, the wrought iron gates at the front door swing inward as he enters. But later in the story, when he bursts out of the house after discovering what Jane has done to Blanche, the gates swing outward as he exits.
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As the two Hollywood executives discuss the Hudson sister while waking on a back lot, at least two extras pass them twice. They include the "showgirl" type and the "Carmen Miranda" type.
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Both scenes where we see Jane carrying a body in the wheelchair through the kitchen side door (once the maid, then her sister), have obviously been shot at a very short interval : we see two mops on the staircase rail exactly at the same place. In both scenes, on the first shot when she goes down the few steps, the mops are next to each other, then seconds later when seen from inside the car, the mops are separated by a few inches.
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Errors in geography 

At the conclusion of the film, a newspaper headline about Elvira's death indicates the sisters' house had been in Ventura. However, when Flagg flees the home to alert the authorities about Blanche's terrible condition, he is at the corner of Larchmont and Clinton (as seen by the street signs). This intersection is just south of Hollywood and approximately 60 miles southeast of Ventura.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

A graphic after the credits identifies the film's main narrative as beginning "Yesterday", though the events appear to take place over the course of several days and nights. However, it has been debated that "Yesterday" can merely be a synonym for "in the past".
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Plot holes 

Jane's newspaper ad only gives the phone number. When she makes the appointment with Edwin she never mentions an address but he shows up anyway.
When Blanche admits having been driving the car to kill her sister, she says she broke her spine in the crash. But as we see the scene at beginning of the film, it's hard to believe that she had enough momentum to have her spine broken.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Blanche is on the telephone after she has made her way down the railing (and right before Jane shuts the door, causing Blanche to realize that she has returned) her right leg moves, obviously voluntarily.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the film's final scene, when Baby Jane walks up to the ice cream vendor, her lipstick is much lighter than in the rest of the film. Moments after, her lips are once again covered with darker lipstick. Additionally, during the dancing scene subsequently on the beach, even though it's obviously hot out, the ice cream shows no signs of melting whatsoever.
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Plot holes 

The plot hinges on fact that Blanche was supposedly crippled when a car driven by Jane ran into her and penned her to gate. In reality, Blanche was injured while driving a car and unsuccessfully tried to run over Jane, then crawled in front of car after Jane fled. Blanche's injuries would not be consistent with someone who had actually been struck by a moving vehicle as she claimed.

Revealing mistakes 

When Blanche sneaks into Jane's bedroom to find food, she consumes a box of large chocolates, yet you can clearly see not one of them enters her mouth and when she picks up a wrapper it is obviously empty and she doesn't even open her lips wide enough to fit a chocolate in.
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