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(1972)

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Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (13) | Errors in geography (2) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (2) | Spoilers (3)

Character error 

When examining the murder scene at the marriage bureau a police officer brings the victim's handbag out to inspector Oxford, who correctly holds it with a handkerchief to keep his fingerprints from contaminating the evidence. He then he sticks his un-gloved hand inside and feels around, thus contaminating it with his own fingerprints.
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Continuity 

As Blaney talks to Rusk at Covent Garden Market early on in the film, his cigarette repeatedly jumps back and forth between hand and mouth between shots.
After the camera goes back down the staircase and out the front door into the market, a man walks past with a big sack of tomatoes to cover the transition from the studio shot to the exterior. Before he passes (the studio shot), the door frame on the right is clean, but afterwards (the exterior), a greasy black stain can be seen on the right of the "real" door frame above the doorbell. Also in the exterior shot, a lampshade and the shadow of the archway over the interior door can be seen reflected in the window over the stairs when no such reflection was seen in the studio shot.
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The level of the soup in Inspector Oxford's bowl changes inconsistently throughout the scene.
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At the start of the movie Blaney is seen finishing the knot on his tie. In the next shot (of him coming down the staircase into the bar), he has the same tie but the colored stripes are different in the knot.
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The two strands of the necklace on the detective's wife changes from being together and being loose while she serves the same meal.
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The head on the pints of beer disappears between shots as Maisie brings them to the bar for the doctor and his companion.
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As Blaney complains about his "large" brandy, the note scrunched up in his hand with the glass disappears between shots.
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When the driver of the potato truck stops after spilling his load, the locking pins on the tailboard differ between shots.
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After he orders a triple, Blaney pays the bartender holding the bill in his left hand from bartender's point of view. The camera switches to Blaney's point of view and the same bill is in Blaney's right hand.
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As Rusk is leaving Mrs. Blaney's office, he takes another bite of the apple (previously shown as mostly green but ripening into red) and sets it on the desk with the green side facing the camera. At the door, as he turns to see if he's forgotten anything, the closeup shows the apple with the red side facing toward the camera when it should be facing away from it.
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The position of the detective's wife's hands during the second meal varies between shots while she is eating breadsticks.
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After Blaney escapes from the hospital and is trying to find Rusk, he starts opening his apartment door and opens it about a foot. In the next shot from the inside, we see him opening the door again.
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(at around 1 min) Richard and Babs arrive at the Coburg Hotel. The exterior shot shows two women with two suitcases standing on right-hand side of the main door outside the hotel, and Babs puts her handbag under her arm. When they enter the hotel, the interior shot shows two couples standing either side of the main entrance outside and suitcases on the pavement on the other side of the main door and Babs is hold her handbag in her right hand.
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Errors in geography 

Mrs Blaney's receptionist estimates Blaney's weight only in pounds. No British person would do this and would state the weight more likely in stones and pounds, or (rarely) in kilograms.
When Rusk takes Babs to his home, he tells her he lives on the second floor. No British person would say this. From the stairway tracking shot that follows, we see that Rusk lives on the floor above street level, which in Britain is called the first floor.

Factual errors 

After the police see the body in the back of the potato truck, they follow it and hit their siren. The truck driver then hits his brakes and the body falls out of the potato truck. This should not happen. The law of inertia means that any unsecured item in the truck will continue to move forward if the truck comes to an abrupt halt (which is the entire reason why we need seat belts in cars - to keep us from flying through the windshield during an accident). The body in the truck *should* have kept moving forward in the bed until it hit the partition separating the bed from the passenger cabin (or more sacks of potatoes).

Revealing mistakes 

The (hanging) camera tracks backward, turning 180 degrees as it goes down a staircase, before going out through the front door. As it passes through an internal doorway within Rusk's house, the door frame can be seen sliding back into place after (presumably) sliding out of the way to let the camera pass through it.
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There is an obvious body double for Anna Massey in the nude scene - the double has longer, darker hair.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Babs's body falls off the lorry, her feet change position between shots.
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Plot holes 

Despite Blaney's repeated claim that Rusk is the murderer, the police apparently don't investigate him or show his photo to Monica until well after Blaney is convicted.

Revealing mistakes 

When Rusk tries to release the tie pin from the clenched fist of Babs's body, her left hand twitches as he slides the blade of his pocket knife between her fingers.
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