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Our Town (1940) Poster

(1940)

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Continuity 

Near the beginning, a cat follows the milkman at his heels between the Webb and Gibbs houses, but disappears once the milkman enters the Gibbs' house.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Studio lights are reflected on the mourners' rain-soaked umbrellas.
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Errors in geography 

The Stage Manager mentions the "Boston train" and the "Albany train" passing through Grover's Corners, NH. The Boston-Albany train line did not (and does not) enter New Hampshire.
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It is mentioned that Grover's Corners is found at 42 degrees 40 minutes latitude and 70 degrees 37 minutes longitude. These coordinates are actually off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts in the Atlantic Ocean, not inland near the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.
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Factual errors 

Sunflowers are shown in full bloom in the garden, but wouldn't be that early in the year (establishing information that the date was June 7, 1901), especially that far north in the U.S.
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Emily keeps mentioning how bright the moon is and it is shown as a full moon. However, the establishing information date is June 7, 1901. On that date, the moon was in its last quarter and wouldn't even have been visible in the early evening.
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Revealing mistakes 

Mr. Webb says that of the residents of Grover's Corners, 86% are Republican, 12% are Democrats and 4% are indifferent. That's a total of 102%.
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The beginning of the movie takes place on June 7, 1901. That night everyone comments on how beautiful the moon is and we later learn it is 8:30pm. The moon did not rise until midnight on that date. In fact the sun did not set until 8:30pm. Additionally, crickets can be heard loudly chirping throughout these scenes. This would be very unusual for early June, but common in late August.
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