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One continuing goof that annoys me in many, many films is of someone making a phone call from a wall-mounted magneto telephone – the type used mainly in country areas pre 1950 or so.

The actor lifts the receiver off the hook before turning the ring handle. Country people know that this effectively short circuits the outgoing ring. With those phones you had to ring first, then lift the receiver.

Speaking of phones, in Die Hard 2 Willis is using a Pacific Bell pay telephone, but he's in Washington, DC wherein the phones are owned by Bell Atlantic.

Here's another 'phone pas'....
How many movies and television shows have a scene wherein actor 'A' is on the phone with actor 'B'.

Actor 'A' is asking actor 'B' several questions, with not much time between each question.

Yet, when he relays 'B''s conversation immediately after the call to someone in the same room as 'A', there is no way 'B' could have had enough time to give the lengthy answer(s) that 'A's scripted lines claims he did!


I also watch to see how accurately people dial rotary phones or push buttons, just to see if all the numbers they are (lazily) entering are in the same area on the phone, or spread out like normal numbers are, and also, if they are entering or spinning enough numbers.

Color me...'BORED'!
 

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Interesting... I worked in TV for 21 years. We *never* built a flat like that - ever. Lots less wood to make them lighter and a much lower grade on the back. Even on "permanent" sets...
That's pretty much industry standard here.

Some of the old-timers used to lay the inside studs and blocking flat, as opposed to vertical, which also helped in having more nailing area for the adjoining lauan seams.

But to address my original post on this matter.
I now think the wall which I originally thought was an unintentional exposed backing wall from another set was more than likely, intentional.

Though the unit in question was definitely the dressed-up back side of a backing wall, with some sort of molding treatment on it's left side (and right side, which I recently noticed on a different episode) to either conceal that fact that it was the back side of a set, OR, it was merely a strategically-placed (and dressed) single wall held upright by Stage Braces, so as not to expose the rest of the open stage.

Either way, it wasn't a goof.
 

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I've seen Lucy Wants To Move To The Country more than two dozen times, and could have probably seen it dozens of more times without ever noticing the leaning lamp post behind Lucy when she's standing at the front door of what will become their new home, as it's leaning quite a bit.
Thankfully, the bonus material on the ILL DVD pointed that out.

Leaning Lamp Post 1.png



Leaning Lamp Post 2.png
 

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Ironic that the tile's grout lines in one of my favorite episodes of Mad About You - Love Among The Tiles, er...uhh...aren't exactly on the same plane, so to speak.

Mismatched Grout Lines 1.png


Mismatched Grout Lines 2.png
 
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A huge goof in the extended cut of Bad Santa- the luminaries that are lining the sidewalk before Willy leaves Thurman’s house to go to the department store are not there when he returns to the house- the showdown with the cops. I’m going to assume the scenes with the luminaries were shot at the end of production, and they didn’t have the time or money to shoot a corrected scene with the cops.
Director Terry Zwigoff left out the stuff about the luminaries in the director’s cut
(along with all the scenes that involved the advent calendar), so he probably didn’t like the luminaries scenes anyway.
 

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Columbo - Identity Crisis

@ 26:46, Columbo and Sgt. Kramer exit the building and their reflection can almost immediately be seen in the window.
Soon after a woman with bright yellow pants and powder blue hat then exits the door happily and proudly passes by, same time passes to reveal her reflection.
Then a woman with a long sleeve brown sweater exits the door and her reflection is revealed in actual time, but it suddenly vanishes and she doesn't walk behind the cops when she should have (perhaps she exited too early and they motioned for her to stop?). A couple of seconds later, she is then seen walking behind the pair.

While this is happening, there are several non-actor employees conspicuously standing, smiling and gawking out the window watching the filming, as well as an employee sitting down and looking out the window at the pair.

Then as Columbo and Kramer start to walk away, both ladies are seen walking behind C&K headed in the opposite direction that they were originally going.

Columbo is then behind his car and the lady in the yellow pants is again seen walking along side the building in the same original direction, and two seconds later, she is briefly seen strolling on the opposite side of the street.
 

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