11-05-2013 Movie Trivia   Leave a comment

I’m a big fan of movies and I find nothing more enjoyable than throwing in a DVD, popping some popcorn, and relaxing with a good film.  My preferences are varied but what I really enjoy most are the movies normally shown on TCM.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours watching those films and without hesitation would do it again.

One thing above all that interests me are the anomalies made during filming that are missed by the editors and end up in the final version.  I’m sure some of them are done purposely but many are just screw-ups that were missed.  I stumbled on this information concerning a few movie foul-ups that aren’t all that well known (at least not to me).  The next time you happen to be watching any of these films with a friend of family member you can dazzle them with your superior knowledge of movie trivia.  Enjoy.

  • In 1982 during the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark a great blooper can be found in the scene where German soldiers and Gestapo agents were lifting the Ark. If you look closely as the camera pans along the hieroglyphics on the wall you’ll see paintings of C3PO and R2D2, the robots from the Star Wars classic (another George Lucas film).
  • This tidbit is from the movie Fortune Cookie made in 1966. The blooper scene shows Walter Matthau leaving one room and entering another and he appears to have lost a great deal of weight in the process. Matthau suffered a heart attack while this scene was being filmed; only half of the scene was completed before he entered the hospital. He returned five months later to finish the job almost 40 pounds lighter than he was in the first part of the filming.
  • In 1971 during the filming of Diamonds are Forever, James Bond tips his Ford Mustang up on two wheels and drives through a narrow alley to escape from the bad guys. Unfortunately in the final version the Mustang enters the alley on its two right wheels and leaves the alley on its two left wheels.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind filmed in 1977 also had a blooper worth mentioning. Towards the end of the movie Richard Dreyfus and Terry Garner smashed through several roadblocks as they neared the Devil’s Tower. The license plate on their station wagon kept changing.
  • Now let’s go back to 1954 to the filming of Rear Window. The star Jimmy Stewart, in a cast and sitting in a wheelchair, is arguing with Grace Kelly. His cast magically switches from his left leg to his right during the scene.
  • 1967 during the filming of Camelot, King Richard (Richard Harris) praises his medieval kingdom while speaking to some of his subjects. Someone dropped the ball because in that scene Harris is wearing a Band-Aid on his neck.
  • And last but not least one small blooper from one of my all-time favorite movies, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953).  In the movie they actually go to Venus.

I hope to discover more of these little miscues in other films and if I do I’ll be sure to pass them along. 

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