Trivia and Goofs

A dot on the panel No dot on the panel! A very little dot on the panel!

Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, little goofs

When George departures from the year 1917 the decorative golden dot on the panel is still there, but when he arrives in the Blitz in 1940 the dot has almost vanished... and if you see on the signed picture of Rod Taylor sitting in the machine, it is considerably smaller than in the year 1917.

If you click on the picture from Time Machine: The Journey Back below, you can see that one peg in quadrant II on the dish is missing. Neither Rod nor the film crew did notice that...

A peg is missing on the dish

Imaginary switches

When George first sits in the Time Machine he presses three imaginary switches which don't exist on the panel!

Peter Montagna from USA, spotted this one!

Verbal goof #1 in Time Machine: The Journey Back

Rod Taylor says that there is 365 knobs/pegs on the dish - the same amount as days in a year, make sense -- but I have counted them. They are only 348! Somehow 17 pegs are missing!
The pegs are grouped in four on the dish like this:

Quadrant I: 5-3-6-2-5-1
Quadrant II: 5-2-2-3-1-4-4
Quadrant III: 1-6-2-5-2-6-1
Quadrant IV: 1-4-2-3-1-4-5-1

Sum of pegs on quadrant I: 4 X 22 = 88
Sum of pegs on quadrant II: 4 X 21 = 84
Sum of pegs on quadrant III: 4 X 23 = 92
Sum of pegs on quadrant IV: 4 X 21 = 84
Total sum of pegs on the dish: 88 + 84 + 92 + 84 = 348

And the most interesting part of this is that you can't divide 365 with 4! If you want complete 365 pegs on the dish you must put on 17 extra of them wich is 4 X 4
- and one peg will remain left! Where to put a single peg on the dish... ?

And i also have spotted two little teeny-weeny bonus goofs because of this: Chris Perrotta has goofed on his nice 3D-computer model of the Time Machine which is in the Don & Mary Colemans Time Machine site! Look at quadrant IV and compare it with the quadrant in the film The Time Machine.

Quadrant IV of Perrottas 3D-computer model dish: 1-4-2-3-2-4-4-1

And the Lunar Model's Time Machine got a similar goof on the same quadrant:

Quadrant IV of Lunar Time Machine Model dish: 5-2-3-1-4-5-1

But I must admit that both of them got the amount of pegs right...

Verbal goof #2 in Time Machine: The Journey Back

Rod Taylor tells about the "rococo, centuries enduring Time Machine", but the Time Machine is not in rococo style! This style was modern in the middle of the 18:th century, ca 150 years before the opening story in the film The Time Machine. The Time Machine isn't either in neo-rococo style which was modern in the 1860:s. The right answer is that the Time Machine is built in neo-renaissance style with a little dash of jugend, especially in the chair. These styles were modern in 1899. The acantus ornaments on the dish and the cartouche on the console is typical for the neo-renaissance style, also the black-and-white geometric ornaments on the generator pods. And all of the ornaments are symmetric! Rococo style never uses symmetric ornaments, hence the name rococo: a rocaille is French for an assymetric shell-shape and I can't find any of them on the Time Machine.

The Time Machine in the garden among the bushes 

Special trivia about the rear side of the Time Machine

Since June 2004 I thought I have spotted something extraordinary: I have believed that the Time Machine had ornaments on the backside of the dish. This publicity still shows the Time Machine standing in the garden of George Wells's house and on the rim of the dish is barely visible regularly placed spots. I thought they were ornaments similar to them on the frontside which surrounds the four large acanthus ornaments. I also thought these ornaments were gone now, due to that Bob Burns renovated the movie prop in 1974-76, or -- more possible -- that the ornaments were overpainted already in 1959 when (I thought) the special effects crew Projects Unlimited reinforced the dish preventing it from more warping. The picture above and the information here is to be seen in the documentary film Time Machine: The journey Back and you can also see the backside of the dish in the film The Time Machine when George arrives in the garden from year 802701.

Then in May 24, 2006, I got a comment from Don Coleman:
The ornaments you see on the back of the dish are only the nail/brad heads which are holding on the front panels to the dish. When I was at the auction there was nothing but the nail heads on the back, thus I didn't see any need to photograph the rear of the dish. The supports on the back were added after Bob Burns acquired the machine, (*see correction below) not by Project Unlimited. Project had nothing to do with the full size machine. It was finished before Project got onboard the film, this is per Wah Chang.

And in November 1, 2007, I got a correction from Don Coleman to the comment above:
I have since discovered that the supports where on the dish when Bob Burns acquired the machine. They must have been added by the person who bought the machine at the MGM auction.

A photo of the Time Machine taken in the early 1970:s

Special trivia about the Time Machine at the time of the MGM auction 1970

Do you remember the MGM auction 1970 -- mentioned in the documentary film Time Machine: The Journey Back -- when the Time Machine was sold? This is an authentic photo taken at the time of the MGM auction or after it, when it became a part of a sideshow. This photo can only have been taken 1970 or 1971, because in 1971 it was sold and then missing until 1974, when Bob Burns bought it in a thrift-store. Look at the generatorpod! Due to the many times use of hot photo-floodlights it has became deformed. And look at the control-panel! It's the one made 1970 by Tom Scherman for the MGM auction. In the background is the "Kismet" steps - the same steps as in the MGM George Pal film The Time Machine and also in the MGM film Quo Vadis before it. Alas I do not know who the nice woman standing on the Time Machine is...

I found this photo by chance on the peculiar Japanese site

And here is a comment from Don Coleman:
The photo of the girl standing on the Time Machine chair I believe was shot at the time of the auction. It's obviously shot on Lot 3 in front of the steps. The machine was being kept on Lot 3 then moved to Lot 1 for the auction. It was cataloged twice, once as being on Lot 3 and once as being on Lot 1. It's an interesting photo and can't imagine why is was shot.

If you find more trivia or goofs, mail them to me! Even this page can have some goofs (especially spelling ones!)...

Sandra Petojevic, Master of Arts, May 30, 2005 (updated November 4, 2007)


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