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Jump to: Anachronisms (1)  | Boom mic visible (1)  | Character error (1)  | Continuity (9)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Factual errors (3)  | Miscellaneous (1)

Anachronisms 

The bulk of the story takes place from 1920-1935, yet all of the women's hairstyles and clothing are strictly and very inappropriately in the 1942 fashion.
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Boom mic visible 

Shadow of the boom mic on the wall above the picture on the left of the doctor and Paula when Charles is in bed after collapsing in the theater.
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Character error 

It has been reported as an error that Smithy refers to his newborn's teeth. A newborn does not have teeth. From the reaction of the clerk and Smithy, it appears to have been a joke.
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Continuity 

When Rainier opens the telegram announcing his newspaper job offer, he (accidentally) tears it. In the next shot he's reading an un-torn telegram.
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The pattern of water and mud on Smithy's coat changes after the accident as he walks along.
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In the scene where Rainier and Kitty are having lunch at the Savoy, Rainier opens his cigarette case, offers a cigarette to Kitty and takes one himself. In the next shot, both of their cigarettes are lit even though we have never seen either Rainier or Kitty light them.
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The position of Kitty's legs changes when sharing a smoke with Charles.
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The position of Kitty's hands change when she is crying in the chapel.
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When Margaret and Charles are examining the suitcase in the hotel office, in one shot the case is closed and in the next shot it is opened and Margaret is fingering the shirt sleeve.
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Margaret opens the door to Charles Rainier's office. She is carrying a file under her left arm with the index label at the top, but when she enters the office the label is at the bottom.
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When watching Paula's performance, Smithy's position changes.
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Smithy's hands change position when he says that he should be in uniform vs civilain attire. This same goof occurs twice more before he gives his report of the accident.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the sequence where Rainier (Colman) see his wife off at a London railway station (about 113m into the film), there's a tracking shot as the pair walk along the station platform. The shadow of the camera is briefly, but clearly, visible on a pillar moving through the foreground of the shot.
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Factual errors 

When he asks the date, Rainier is first told that it is Thursday, and then that it is November 14, 1920. In fact, November 14, 1920 was a Sunday.
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When Rainier hosts a dinner for the Prime Minister, we see briefly on screen the invitation card. It says, "...requests the honor of your company." The English spell it "honour".
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During registration of birth certificate, smithy said their son looked alike his mother when he smiled except the teeth, newborn babies have not any teeth at all until completing 7 months.
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Miscellaneous 

In the last scene where Smitty goes back to the cottage, the flowering tree on the path has not changed or grown at all in the 15 years since he was last there.
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