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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After the crash, as the survivors spot the American ship steaming toward them, the matte line between the moving water and the sky can easily be seen.
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At 1:38:12, right after ffolliott falls through the awning we hear him say "Follow me!" but his lips seem to be mouthing "Come on!"
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Character error 

When Jones tells Stephen Fisher that Krug is the man he saw at the assassination, Carol gets the man's name wrong, saying "We've known Mr. Kruger forever."
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Continuity 

Despite the explicit dialogue and written appearances of the name that make it clear that the character Scott ffolliott has no capital F, the name still appears as Ffolliott in the end credit cast list.
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The establishing shot of the Hotel Europe is actually an outtake from the later rooftop escape sequence. Haverstock can be seen on the far left edge of the frame, next to the neon letter "H", crawling across the roof, although he is still in his hotel room at this point in the story.
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The ladder appears and disappears beside the windmill door.
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The hair of Carol Fisher is wet after she completely submerges next to ffolliott after the plane crash. In the exact next shot her hair is nearly dry again.
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In the chase scene at the windmill site the aircraft circling is in two scenes a single-engine, single-tail, high-wing type, and in a subsequent scene it suddenly becomes a twin-engine, twin-tail, low-wing aircraft.
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When Johnny and Carol step down from the taxi in front of her house, he takes the suitcase with her left hand and changes it to the right one, to direct her with the left hand. After the taxi leaves, he is holding the suitcase in his left hand.
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Window shadow on Johnny's jacket changes while in his boss's office.
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Johnny's raincoat lapel is folded, then flat, then folded while on the steps in the rain.
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The taxi rear window view shows that they drive up the same street twice.
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When Johnny first comes across Van Meer in the windmill,his raincoat is closed and tightly belted. He reaches into his lapel pocket to get out a pen,but never undoes the belt. When he moves away from Van Meer after hearing the men on the stairs, his belt is all the way undone,and his raincoat is loose.
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In Fisher's office, Scott picks up a cigarette from the cigarette case and puts it in his mouth. The following shot shows him smoking, without apparently lighting the cigarette at all.
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When the "fake" Van Meer is murdered in Denmark, his assassin, with camera in hand, can be seen running from the steps into the crowds, in a long shot. In the next closeup jump shot, he's still on the stairs, before running off into the crowd for a second time.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the plane crash climax, during the montage of images after the plane hits the water, the camera tilts too high up and the lights of the set can be seen.
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When Jones and Rowley (Edmund Gwenn) get in the taxi a crouched crew member is reflected in the side window as the cab pulls away.
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The streetcars are obvious dummies running on rubber tires.
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Despite being an ingenious camera trick at the time, it's an obvious mannequin dummy being dropped out of the window after ffolliot's fight in the hotel room where Van Meer is being interrogated. George Sanders' character falls through the awning that breaks his fall at a completely different spot from where the dummy lands.
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Errors in geography 

Charlotte Street in London is said to be off Tottenham Court Road where as it actually runs parallel to it.
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The hero and heroine driving from London to Cambridge come to a signpost saying London 30 miles, Cambridge 35 miles. A total of 65 miles which is 11 more than the actual distance.
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Factual errors 

The name of London's famous Carlton Hotel is spelled correctly on the two telegrams addressed to Haverstock that are shown onscreen. However it is misspelled on the cap of the doorman who opens the door to the cab for Van Meer, incorrectly written as "Carleton".
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Most of the hotel staff that gather in Jones' room at the Hotel de l'Europe in Amsterdam are chattering in German instead of Dutch.
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The mills shown in the movie are designed in Spanish fashion, rather than Dutch.
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The butler draws the wartime blackout curtains at 10.40pm, hours after darkness has fallen.
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Miscellaneous 

The film is reversed left-to-right during the chess game at the police station.
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In the church tower, Rowley lifts a boy to give him a better view of the city and the boy's cap is blown off by the wind and falls to the street. Later when the boy and his friends leave the church they all have their caps on, including the one whose cap was blown away.
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Revealing mistakes 

As the Purser on the ship tells John and Carol that he has no more cabins, the right side of his fake moustache can be seen sliding down. He surreptitiously pushes back in place, but as they turn back for a second try and he continues speaking, the moustache slides down again.
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During the scene where the passengers are scrambling to get out of the sinking Clipper, a man grabs a suitcase and smashes a window, leaving a lot of large, jagged pieces of glass in the frame. He then climbs through the window and sits directly on the jagged glass.
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As the arguing couple depart the elevator at the top of the cathedral tower, its walls can be seen to shake hugely.
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When ffolliott stops his car outside the mill, he keeps moving the steering wheel as he was when the car was moving. The rear projection has stopped, but he is unsure and keeps pretending to steer. [Note: the character's name is spelled with no capital initial.]
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When ffolliott returns with backup to find van Meer unconscious on the bed, and the room deserted, the doorframe shakes noticeably as the actors pass through it.
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When the headlight on ffolliott's car is shot, a different car is used. All other shots of the car's front show it having auxiliary driving lights below the headlights.
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At about 1:40:40 begins the shot of the Clipper flying boat, and as it gets closer you can clearly see wires above and below the mock-up.
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