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A "Los Angeles Gazette" dummy headline reads "JAPS BOMB PEARL HARBOR, 2 U.S. Warships, 2 Jap Air Carriers Reported Hit." Obviously many more American ships were hit, and no Japanese ships were damaged during the attack.
The cheap production values of this film produced anachronisms left and right. Some of the most obvious include: In ancient Greece, the hand of "Plato" is shown writing in cursive with a stylus, but he has no inkwell, and his shirtsleeve (on a toga?) looks more medieval or renaissance. In the next shot, "Aristotle" is surrounded by bubbling glass beakers filled with colored liquids, a la Frankenstein's laboratory. The "Indian" who sells Manhattan sits in front of a Plains tribe tepee and wears a full Western war bonnet.
Sir Isaac Newton published his famous paper outlining the law of gravity in 1666, but in the sequence in which Harpo Marx plays Newton he performs on the harp Stephen Foster's song "Beautiful Dreamer," written in 1864 -- almost two centuries later.