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(1937)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (1)  | Audio/visual unsynchronised (1)  | Continuity (5)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Plot holes (1)  | Spoilers (2)

Anachronisms 

When Bob is entering Shangri-La, he is going down a mountain "upon which no man has ever set foot" but there are footprints in the snow in the foreground of the shot.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Conway is chasing after Sondra on horseback, they are riding over grassy soil, but the sound of the horses' hooves is that of hitting a paved surface.
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Continuity 

When talking to the High Lama, Conway sees the crutch next to the High Lama's chair and makes the connection between the High Lama and Father Perrault. However, when Conway first enters the High Lama's room, the long tracking shows the High Lama sitting in his chair but there is no crutch next to it.
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The plane comes to rest with the fuselage in the air, but is half buried when everyone gets out.
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When Conway is stumbling down the mountain and approaching the native village, his hair and clothing don't match in closeup and distant shots.
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The length of the pick handle held by Henry, when he stops to talk to Gloria about gold, changes between shots.
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When Lovett and Henry debate directions, Lovett has the box in front of him, and in the next cut his coat and arms are on top of the box.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera shadow on Henry's back while on the plane, when he turns back to his seat.
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Plot holes 

Echoing the words of the critic, James Agate: 'The best film I've seen for ages, but will somebody please tell me how they got the grand piano along a footpath on which only one person can walk at a time with rope and pickaxe and with a sheer drop of three thousand feet or so?'
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Bob, George and Maria are leaving Shangri-La, they pass to the right of a Tibetan stupa. As per religious custom (then and now), they should always walk to the left of the Stupa, and never to the right. It could be argued that they did so out of ignorance, but Sandra is chasing after Bob and commits the same error. Surely she has been in Tibet long enough to know of this ancient custom and would never make such a careless spiritual mistake.
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Continuity 

After George falls and dies, we see Bob picking his way across the wind-swept snow poking at it with his staff to make sure of his next step. He is obviously wearing a hat with a brim. In the very next scene, just before Bob falls, we see he is wearing his hooded parka again.
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