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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) Poster

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Anachronisms 

When Capt. Harlock reports to Adm. Spewter after Henry volunteers his services to the Navy, Spewter says "I'm going to have a hard enough time explaining this to the Pentagon." Henry volunteered shortly after hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. The Pentagon was still under construction at that time.
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When Henry's wife and friend are trying to save him, several people have gathered to watch the action. A young woman in this small crowd has a 1960s "flip" hairdo, yet it had been established earlier that the story takes place during World War II.
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When Henry is dreaming about his military parade a flying wing is shown and is jet propelled. There were no jet propelled flying wings during WWII for the Americans.
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When Henry first encounters the destroyer, the number is 752. DD-752 is the U.S.S. Alfred A. Cunningham. Construction was not started on the Cunningham until February 23, 1944, and wasn't launched until August 3, 1944, two and a half years after the time frame of the movie (just after Dec. 7, 1941).
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Character error 

When George does not want to go to the lecture he says that he has a weak heart, and then he puts his hand over the right side of his chest.
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Continuity 

When George jumps in to "save" Henry, he takes off his shoes and tie, but keeps his jumper on. In the water and as he climbs back out of the water he is wearing only a tee shirt.
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Revealing mistakes 

The Nazi Admiral and naval staff are all wearing US Navy uniforms (complete with rank strips and stars signifying their status as US officers of the line) but with swastikas on their caps and Maltese crosses in place of neckties.
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(at around 10 mins) The shot of the people on the yacht is first played in reverse, then after the guy taps on the paper, it plays forward. You'll notice the people in the background on the right (behind the blonde in the red top) first walking backwards, then after the paper tapping, they're walking forward.
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As the German U-boats are intercepting the US convoy, the lead U-boat's propellers are not spinning.
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Right at the start, the admiral and lieutenant are striding purposefully through the corridors of the Pentagon. The second set of doors they pass through is marked "Restricted Area" & "Secret". The doors are opened by two marines to reveal a long lighted corridor; this is shown to be a painting as the officers walk through the doorway but then go left instead of straight on; as the doors close behind them, the whole corridor dims briefly as they walk in front of a light.
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When George first signs a lantern on Henry as a fish, the highlights on the water behind him are visible through the animation.
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In the final scene, where the Navy officers are communicating with Henry, the edge of the water tank is visible over the rear projection of the ocean.
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