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(1964)

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Continuity 

Miss Marple supposedly searches through the cabin of Lt. Compton, when she finds the suspicious envelope. However, the door sign reads "Capt. Rhumstone". When we take into account that each officer moved into the cabin of the next lower ranking officer, the Captain now lives in the cabin of Commander Breeze-Connington, and that would be the cabin Miss Marple is searching through. Moreover, when moving into the new cabins, all the officers' cabins appear to be located in one single row. Later in the movie, however, they appear to be quite irregularly spread around the deck.
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Continuity 

As Breeze-Connington asks the Battledore crew to give a good impression in the wardroom, Compton puts his cigarette to his lips. The shot changes, and he lifts the cigarette again.
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Although the training ship is supposed to wooden, and the long shots of the estuary show her as being solely a sail powered vessel, when we see the close shots on deck - for example, as Miss Marple is piped aboard - we now seem to have a funnel and steel walls.
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There are nine clean lines left on the pad as Miss Marple prepares her Morse message to Mr Stringer. Yet after intercepting the shore message concerning Dusty, there are only five clean lines.
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As Capt Rhumstone prepares to vacate his quarters he places two liquor bottles on top of the cabinet with the labels facing towards us. Minutes later, when he makes for the door, the labels are facing away from us.
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On entering the grounds of the house to be burgled the petty officer carefully closes and latches the gate behind him. Mr. Stringer, following close behind, pulls open an unlatched gate.
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As a small boat approaches Battledore Miss Marple is seen peering out of a cabin window which overlooks the ship's gangway. The window frame is painted all black, yet when she is seen again at the same window the inner frame is painted white.
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Miss Marple switches off the desk lamp in her cabin before spying through the door grille. When she returns to the desk the lamp is back on.
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Half way through the film when Miss Marple is talking to Mr Stringer about giving the police the run around. Both the bottle lid from the brandy and Mr Stringers handkerchief keep changing place and shape (respectively).
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Factual errors 

At the beginning of the movie, one of the trustees gets poisoned with strychnine in his snuff. In real life the dose of strychnine required to kill someone is much too large to be contained in a pinch of snuff--the LD50 is 16 mg/kg, so, in order to kill an average person (70 kg) the murderer would have to administer more than a gram of strychnine; close to two grams to be sure. In the past, strychnine was used as a recreational drug and an athletic performance enhancer! Also, death by strychnine overdose is not instantaneous as shown in the movie; it's caused by a series of convulsions of increasing severity until the victim is unable to breathe. A slow, lingering death, very nasty.
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The 'messages' sent by both Miss Marple and Mr Stringer bear no resemblance to Morse code and are just random flashes of light. The actual messages sent at approximately the speed of the flashes would take over a minute which is presumably too long in movie time.
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Commander Breeze-Connington's conducting of the chorus is inconsistent, but the singers aren't following it anyway. His downbeat is never where it's supposed to be, but the singers maintain the proper tempo throughout the song.
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Miscellaneous 

Behind the opening credits Miss Marple is in a shop changing room and being dressed with clothes successively removed from a shop dummy. However the clothes are obviously removed from the dummy in the reverse order from that in which they would be put on.
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Charles 'Bud' Tingwell's character is wrongly credited as "Det. Insp. Craddock" - as the dialogue makes clear, he has been promoted to Chief Inspector following the events of Murder Most Foul.
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The typeface of Jim Stringer's first name is reversed in the closing credits, spelled MIJ with the J backward. This does not occur on the Australian DVD where he is credited as "Mr. Stringer".
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The character played by Gerald Cross is introduced to Miss Marple as "Lieutenant Commander Dimchurch", but is credited as "Brewer" in the end credits.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The brisk Dr Crump says that the police are "just across the road" from the Trust's meeting. Although this seems incorrect as the County Constabulary HQ is sited next door to Milchester House where the meeting took place, there is actually a road between the two buildings. It is, however, more likely to be described as a lane than a road.
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