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Riders to the Stars (1954) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Lockwood panics in the rocket and begins to climb out of his seat, the film is run in slow motion to give the illusion of weightlessness. In these scenes, Lockwood's dialogue, even his screams, are all clearly looped in post-production, as his mouth is closed throughout almost all of these scenes even as he's heard speaking.
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Continuity 

Dr. Drayden announces that the facility is the "Snake Mountain Proving Grounds," but the sign at the entrance reads "White Snake Proving Grounds."
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Somehow between minute 2: 38 and 3: 42 the OSI people in the Jeeps were able to don radioactive protective suits, while driving helter-skelter across the desert, including the drivers.
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At 3:42 the Jeeps are parked close beside a tree which they passed by at 3:39.
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After receiving information about the meteor swarm from Mount Palomar Observatory, Dr. Stanton announces that the launch time will be "17 minutes, 12 seconds after 5:00 AM. Fifty-four minutes from now." That would make the current time 4:23 AM, a time of total darkness. However, all external shots after Stanton's statement show full daylight.
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Factual errors 

The basic "scientific" premise of the film is that cosmic rays crystallize and pulverize metal and other materials in space, but that meteors are unaffected by cosmic rays - hence the movie's plot, to go into space to capture a meteor and find out what substance protects it from such rays. But in fact cosmic rays do not crystallize or in any way affect any substance - in space, on Earth or anywhere else - as the film claims. Thus the entire premise of the film is erroneous, a fact that was well known at the time of the movie's release in 1954.
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One of the astronaut candidates is being evaluated in a centrifuge by medical personnel. An X-ray of his chest showing his heart is reversed left to right. Also, a technician announces that the candidate's body temperature is 135, which is obviously incompatible with life.
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As Stanton's rocket flies back to Earth, its altitude is reported first as 12,000 feet, and a few moments later as 5000 feet, yet both times it's still shown in outer space. The rocket is finally shown entering the atmosphere at an altitude of 1000 feet - all of these altitudes low, since the outermost edge of space is well in excess of 100,000 feet (about 20 miles) or more above the Earth's surface.
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At 1:06:18, the radar operator is "checking the radar" on a blank screen with no activity on the screen.
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The scene in which the astronaut is expelled from his spaceship and instantly turns into a skeleton is scientifically incorrect. The vacuum of outer space would instantly kill not only a human being, but also the microorganisms within the human body that cause it to decay after death. Therefore, a victim of this type of accident would look exactly as he did in life and be preserved indefinitely.
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Miscellaneous 

When Dr. Delmar calls for a voice check from each of the pilots just before the rockets take off, their names - "Gordon - Lockwood - Stanton" are heard coming over the radio in response. But it is plain that all three replies are being voiced by actor/director Richard Carlson (who plays Lockwood).
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Plot holes 

At 1:10:15 Stanton Sr. tells Stanton Jr. to switch to automatic (remote control landing), immediately after that, Flynn tells Stanton Jr. to decelerate and fire nose rockets.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the film's first minutes, two crews race through the desert to recover equipment from a rocket that has landed. One is in a truck pulling a trailer, and the trailer has a big black box in it. When the truck and trailer runs over plants and bumps, the trailer bounces around, and we see in a quick shot that the big black box is thrown out of the trailer. But it is still in the trailer in later shots, such as on reaching the landing site. Also a vehicle carrying electronic equipment that more than likely contained vacuum tubes before the invention of solid-state electrics would not be driven in such a reckless manner with unsecured cargo in the trailer.
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