Somewhere in TimeGoofs
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In the book of biographies Richard reads at the library it states that Elise McKenna was born on November 11, 1885. Later on in the film, Robinson states that he's been working with Elise since she was sixteen-years-old in March of 1903. Either she was actually seventeen or she was born in 1886 rather than 1885. So, either Robinson was misremembering or the biographer screwed up/was unable to find accurate documents.
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Richard sits down on the bench near the stairs and Elise comes into view behind him, looks up, sees him and screams his name. Immediately before this, when he first sits down, a woman with short hair wearing a knee-length white flowing skirt can be seen walking in the same area where Elise comes out from behind the trees and bushes.
At the beginning of the film, Elise gives a watch to Richard after watching his first play, saying "Come Back To Me". Richard takes the watch back with him into the past, leaving it with Elise when he unwillingly returns to the present. Elise keeps it until she gives it to Richard, seen at the beginning of the film. This is a temporal paradox, since at no point in this loop does the watch actually get manufactured.
When Collier is in the library, the index of the book he looks at has several errors. The name of Cecilia Loftus is misspelled as Ceciilia. The alphabetical order is also wrong. The names are listed as May, McCracken, Merman, McKenna. The fictional McKenna may have replaced the name of stage actress Elise Murray in the book. Also the inclusion of Joan McCracken seems odd because she didn't make her Broadway debut until 1943. The other actresses named were on the stage much earlier in the century.
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Recurring throughout the movie and specifically referred to in the lovers' conversation is the lyric melody from Rachmaninov "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini". This work did not exist in 1912. It was composed and premiered in 1934. This is done by design. When Richard is taking Elise for a boat ride, he is humming it. She says that she is familiar with Rachmaninov but not this piece. That makes sense. She wouldn't know it if it was composed later, but Richard would know it because he was born after it was composed. That's why he tells her that he'll introduce it to her sometime. He knows he'll have to wait until it is composed.