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The Lady Vanishes (1938) Poster

Goofs

Jump to: Character error (1)  | Continuity (7)  | Factual errors (2)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1)  | Revealing mistakes (2)  | Spoilers (3)

Character error 

When the bandaged patient has been taken off the train and the ambulance drivers are exiting the ambulance, the first driver hits his head on the roof of the vehicle on the way out.
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Continuity 

During the club car scene where Dr. Hartz tries to get Gilbert and Iris to drink drugged brandies, the amount of brandy in the snifters varies from shot to shot.
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Two or three shots after Miss Froy writes her name on the window the writing is not only different, but in a different place.
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When the manager comes into Gilbert's room in response to the complaint of noise, Gilbert is playing his clarinet. He removes it from his mouth, and yet another note is played.
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Just after the train starts out, we see it on a high bridge; behind the locomotive and tender are a van, four passenger cars, and another van. Just after the lady vanishes, an exterior view along the side of the train shows at least five passenger cars, and we were told that there have been no stops.
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The way Charters leans over Caldicott in bed when the maid enters changes between shots.
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The way Iris leans on her pillow when Gilbert enters her room changes between shots.
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when the doctor leaves the supposedly drugged lead characters in the compartment, he locks the door behind him so Gilbert has to climb to the next one through the window; when he comes back to Iris, the door is not only unlocked, but also wide open and we can see her exercising.
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Factual errors 

In Europe, the hotel manager says it is "spring" when talking about the avalanches. However, the two English travelers are trying to get back to England for the Manchester cricket test, which was always played in July.
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When Gilbert is found playing the clarinet upstairs in the inn, the mouthpiece is upside-down.
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Miscellaneous 

The train scenes were filmed in England, where train ride on the left track. In continental Europe (except most of France), where the story is supposed to take place, trains ride on the right track.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the noisy dancing scene above Lockwood's hotel room, the clarinet is shown with the mouthpiece turned with the reed upwards. Normally the mouthpiece is turned so that the reed is downwards, but in some European folk traditions the clarinet was played with the mouthpiece "upside down".
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Revealing mistakes 

Set in winter, yet when Miss Froy stands at the hotel window to admire the moon and stars, there is a tree-branch with thick full living leaves above her head.
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In the opening scene of the movie, the camera tracks downward in an aerial view over the side of a snow-covered mountain to show railroad tracks and the front of a train's locomotive buried by an avalanche, close to a train station in a small mountain village. As the camera passes over the train and four railroad officials standing to the left of it, one of the officials swivels to the left and then to the right, as if he were rotating on a pivot. As the camera moves closer to the ground, away from the train station and along a village street at ordinary eye level, it shows an automobile crossing the far end of a street; the string pulling the automobile along the street is plainly visible for an instant. Both this detail and the movement of the railroad official show that the entire opening scene was shot upon a scale-model miniature set.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Doctor Hartz holds Iris and Gilbert at gunpoint, he seemingly sits on a seat in the middle of the compartment. When Iris and Gilbert get up after Doctor Hartz leaves, they walk to the door between the compartments and right through where the seat should have been.
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After Gilbert wakes Iris from her faint, her engagement ring is missing. In the next cut when they are standing, her ring reappears.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Iris is about to hit the still semi-conscious Signor Doppo, for the second time, he cringes before she hits him.
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