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Anachronisms 

Steve holds up a Doris Day album from the early 60s.
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When the girls leave the cinema the first time, posters on the walls advertise three films not yet released : Creature from the Black Lagoon, Jubilee Trail and Jamaica Run. The scene is set in 1952.
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Near the beginning of the film, we see the girls running past a poster of _Creature from the Black Lagoon_ (1954) in 1952. It could be an advance poster, but this seems highly unlikely since "Creature" wasn't released until March 1954 in the States - let alone New Zealand.
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The Doris Day LP record titled "Bright and Shiny" that the young lodger, Steve, has just bought and shows the family was recorded in 1961. (Also, 33 1/3 rpm LPs were not released until 1948. In 1953 when the film is set, long playing records were 12 inch).
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Pauline and Juliet sit on a bench during P.E., reading 'Biggles of 266' by Capt. Johns. The scene is set in 1952; the book was published in 1956.
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The picture of Mario Lanza wearing a blue shirt shown in two scenes is a still from the movie "Arrivederci Roma" released in 1958! Many years after the story of this film.
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Mario Lanza's album "The Student Prince" was released in 1954. There is seen another album "A Cavalcade Of Show Tunes" which was not released before 1957. The setting of these scenes is 1952.
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Continuity 

When Pauline and Juliet take a bath together, each girl has separate shots at her respective end of the tub, with very different water levels.
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When Pauline is ill in bed, toast disappears and reappears in her hand.
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The movement of the fish, when Herbert Rieper is singing along to Mario Lanza.
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When Juliet drops the gem, Pauline then points it out and we see a shot of it. Then we see a second shot of it, as Honora picks it up. Between the two shots the position of leaves and twigs around the gem changes.
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After Pauline and Julie leave the screening of The Third Man, the people walking behind and around them change between shots.
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In art class, Mrs. Collins picks up some papers and a wooden tray with a circular shape carved into one end of it, then turns and talks to Juliet. In one shot the carving is facing her. In the next shot, the carving is facing away from her.
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Honora, Juliet and Pauline walk up from the bus terminus near Victoria Park, and Honora elects to have a cup of tea before going into the park. When they pass the entrance to the park, the camera follows them as they turn to enter the Victoria Park Tea Rooms, to their right. As they start up the stairs to the tea rooms, they pass a small sign on the ground advertising ice cream. In an earlier shot, at the close of the Prologue, Mrs Ritchie runs down the steps leading to the Tea Rooms. When she reaches the bottom of the steps, the ice cream sign is gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When John goes to Pauline's bedroom in the middle of the night, the camera's shadow appears to the left of his shadow.
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When Honora brings Pauline a tray of breakfast into her room, she gives Pauline the tray, then talks to her for a while. A crew member's face is clearly reflected in the window. Afterward, two hands holding the long pole of a boom mic are reflected in the window.
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In art class, Mrs. Collins says "...and decide who wants to model and who wants to draw." In a wide shot of the class, the long pole of a boom mic being slowly lowered is clearly reflected in the windows on the right side of the room.
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Errors in geography 

When Pauline, Juliet, and Honora are riding in the bus, they are clearly on the upper part of Dyer's Pass Road approaching Sign of the Kiwi, which means they have gone past their destination of Victoria Park.
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Factual errors 

In the end credits, Richard Rodgers's name is misspelled 'Rogers' in the citation for the song "You'll Never Walk Alone".
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Pauline's diary shows January 1st, 1954 as a Thursday, when it was really a Friday. Earlier in the film, a similar shot of the same diary clearly shows the previous year and date (Thursday, January 1st, 1953.)
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Revealing mistakes 

When Honora hangs sheets on the line, they have clear fold marks from the packets they were sold in.
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When Steve arrives with his new Doris Day record, the record jacket bends and crushes as he gets out his board money for Honora, revealing that the jacket is empty.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

Pauline and Juliet Strip off some of their clothes while singing "The Donkey Serenade" in the woods. In one shot after Juliet has been reduced to her bra, Pauline begins to remove her vest as she runs from the left to right of the screen. In the next shot the vest is back on.
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