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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Jack's whistling "Toot-Toot-Tootsie" is clearly out of sync in the close-up.
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Continuity 

Mary recieves a telegram dated August 8, 1927. Later in the film, Jack is seen writing a letter to Mary, dating it August 7, 1927.
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The head on Yudelson's beer disappears and re-appears between shots.
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The handkerchief in Jack's suit pocket seems to change shape between shots in numerous scenes.
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In his dressing room before rehearsal, Jack puts on a suit with short lapels and three buttons. But he performs on stage in a jacket with longer lapels and two buttons. Also, a breast pocket handkerchief appears and disappears both on stage and off.
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In the scene where the Cantor prepares to whip the 13-year old Jakie, the boy has three buttons conspicuously pinned to his shirt for most of the take. However in the shot where the cantor shoves him towards the bedroom, there are only two buttons.
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Jack and his mother rise from the piano twice upon the Cantor's entry.
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Before the dress rehearsal "Jakie" applies black face and he misses a portion on the upper right forehead. He dons the wig which covers the white spot. After he returns from the dress rehearsal and removes the wig, there is no white spot. It is covered with black face.
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The saloon pianist's cigarette behind his ear disappears and re-appears between shots.
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Factual errors 

Before Yudelson enters the Rabinowitzes' home, he touches his hand to the mezuzah and kisses it. However the mezuzah is on the left side of the door, instead of on the right where it's supposed to be.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jack is writing the aforementioned August 7 letter to Mary following the Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt recital, immediately after he writes the words "nearly stopped," there is a splice in the film (but not the soundtrack) and the insert of the writing is repeated at an earlier point so that Jack writes the same sentence again. This may have been to allow for a reel/disc change, since there is a conspicuous pause of silence in the middle of the shot where the music cue ends and another begins.
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During the audience applause after "Tootsie", it's clear that the clip is just being looped, as a person behind the counter in the background repeatedly enters from off-screen without exiting.
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