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Character error 

Chandler (Louis Sorin) says to Spaulding (Groucho Marx), "Tell me, Captain Chandler -- excuse me -- Spaulding ..." Spaulding replies "Spaulding, that's right. I'm Spaulding, you're Chandler. Let's have no more of that. It's bad enough being Spaulding." Marx may have been improvising in response to a real flub by Sorin, or it may have been scripted dialogue showing that the former fish peddler, "Abie," is having trouble remembering his own alias, "Chandler."
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Continuity 

In the opening credits, the first name of Captain Spaulding, is spelled "Jeffrey". Moments later in newspaper clip, his first name is spelled "Geoffrey."
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In the opening scenes Hives turns to speak to Mrs. Rittenhouse after his opening song, and his waistcoat is different. It continues to swap from one style to another throughout the movie.
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When Hives tells Mrs. Rittenhouse of Captain Spaulding's arrival, he's seen leaving with her but in the next scene, he's already at the top of the stairs introducing Spaulding's secretary Jameson.
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Around 00:06:57, Captain Jeffrey Spaulding rises up. On the next shot, he rises up again.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Professor replaces the handgun for a rifle after he shoots himself in the foot, Hives can be seen in the background walking behind the column, clearly awaiting his turn to enter the scene.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

In the final scene of the movie, just as Professor is about to drop all the cutlery from his sleeve, the camera cuts to a close up of Ravelli. For an instant his hat is pulled down very low, covering his eyes. However, just before and immediately after, his hat rests normally on his head.
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