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Joan decides to hack off Christina's hair with a handy pair of scissors, but it seems to restore itself immediately after several well-placed snips.
Joan's assistant is lacing up the left ice skate when the production assistant knocks to say they're ready for her. You can clearly see Joan's right foot is bare. She says, "Let's go," and gets out of her chair with only one skate on.
At the beginning of the birthday party scene, Joan can obviously be seen riding the Carousel behind Christina. However, in a subsequent shot, she is no longer on the Carousel. In another shot soon thereafter, she suddenly appears on the Carousel behind Christina again.
During opening sequence set in late Thirties, a sightseeing tour bus drives past with an illustration of the famous Hollywood sign on its side. In reality, at that time the sign would have read "HOLLYWOODLAND" - the "LAND" portion of sign (which originally promoted a housing development called HOLLYWOODLAND) was not removed until the late 1940s.
When the nominees for best actress are heard over the radio, they are not named in alphabetical order, contrary to tradition.
Joan Crawford was not "fired" by MGM. She paid the company to be released from her contract, and two days later signed with Warner Bros.
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When Joan Crawford substitutes for her daughter on a soap opera, producer of show gives her a pep talk during a commercial, indicating it was a live broadcast. In reality 'The Secret Storm' was taped and director later said Crawford's performance was so poor he had to patch it together in editing room. Although it was recorded, The Secret Storm was "live tape", meaning that it was treated as if it were a live broadcast. At the end of each act, the actors stopped for the exact length of the commercials and then resumed taping.
When Joan lunges at Christina and tries to strangle her, the pre-shattered lamp comes apart before it hits the floor.
When Christina makes her final speech at Joan's coffin, Joan breathes after the third time Christina says, "Mommie."
Diana Scarwid's stunt double's face briefly visible in a long shot during the choking scene.
In a scene set in the late Sixties, Joan Crawford signs a stack of publicity photos that date back to her appearance twenty years earlier; in reality, Crawford always sent out current fan photos.
When Joan is choking Christina, noticeable gap between front edge of the wig Christina is wearing and her scalp.
During an exterior scene set in the 1940's, a red stop sign is seen on a street in Crawford's neighborhood. (Pre-1955 they were yellow w/ black lettering.)
A plastic bottle of "409" spray cleaner is on the bar when Christina prepares one of her "Uncles" a drink; this brand did not exist at the time.
The men on the board of directors of Pepsi Cola are dressed in current (1981) suits, ties, and hairstyles in the showdown between them and Crawford. This scene would have taken place in 1959, so only Crawford is dressed correctly for the period.
When Joan cuts down her prize rose garden, she is photographed mostly in shadow. Although we hear her muttering to herself about being "box office poison," her mouth isn't really moving.
After Joan beats Christina with the wire hanger, you can still hear the girl sniffle and whine, but her mouth is closed, and she hasn't shed a single tear.
After young Christina is defeated by Joan in the pool race scene, Christina's line "it's not fair to win twice" can be heard a second time underneath Joan's line "Ah, but nobody ever said..."
Crew or equipment visible
When Christina arrives home from Convent school, the driver of the car opens his door and the camera crew is reflected in the door.
At Christina's birthday party, a camera shadow is seen against the backs of those watching the horse rides.
A camera shadow is visible against the blue curtains (left side of the screen) when Joan Crawford rides the merry go round.
The "wire hanger" scene has become the pivotal, and almost iconic, symbol of the movie, yet one must wonder where little Christina would have gotten the hanger to begin with. She was obviously too young to be picking up cleaning, so the hanger must have been brought into the house by a servant- so Joan's anger at finding the dress on the hanger was completely misdirected. One would think that Crawford would have issued a directive to her house staff to immediately remove any clothing from such hangers and to dispose of them.
When Joan brings Christina home from Chadwick school, she is wearing a hat, gloves and skirt all in the 50s style, which is correct. Her coat is an a-line design, boxy and shapeless, with a huge 70s pointed collar. This coat would not have been worn by Joan in the 50s as she was always wearing the very latest styles.