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(1933)

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Character error 

During the "To War, To War" number, when The Marx Brothers quartet are playing banjos and singing as they walk toward the camera, it is clear that Chicolini is only holding his banjo, not playing it.
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Continuity 

After Ambassador Trentino has announced, he steps down the stairs followed by two gentlemen and crosses two ladies before he kisses Mrs. Teasdale's hand. Next shot the two ladies are just behind him yet and the last man after him is already on Mrs. Teasdale right hand-hand side, giving his back to the wall.
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After Firefly plays the flute, it disappears and a bugle appears in his hand, though the guard behind him keeps his bugle.
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The lemonade vendor's straw hat which Pinky throws in the fire changes position from one shot to another.
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In Mrs. Teasdale's house, when Firefly sits down, everybody (Trentino, Vera and Mrs. Teasdale) change positions around him.
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During the fight with the lemonade vendor, the vendor gets squirted with lemonade and his shirt gets soaked. Seconds after, while the vendor is tussling with Chicolini again, we see that the vendor's shirt is completely dry.
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When Firefly was pulling up his trousers, his arms were behind his back, next shot, his hands were on his hips, next shot, they were at the back of him again.
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When we first see Edgar Kennedy (the lemonade vendor), a cord is visibly hanging from the back of his derby. The cord then disappears and reappears when Pinky switches hats with him.
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When Firefly takes the Thompson sub-machine gun from the violin case it has a straight magazine, but when he is firing it through the hole in the wall it has a drum magazine.
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When Firefly arrives at his reception, he is wearing a dark swallowtail coat. Then after Mrs. Teasdale greets him, we go to a two shot, and Firefly is now wearing a lighter shade jacket with dark piping and a glove in the breast pocket. When Ambassador Trentino enters, Firefly is again wearing the swallowtail coat, which he retains until the very last shot of that scene, when he is again wearing the lighter jacket, without the glove in the pocket.
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After Firefly pours the milk in court he hands the milk bottle away showing a full glass of milk on the table. When they cut back on the next shot after showing Chicolini, the glass of milk in gone.
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When Firefly sings with his trousers up, he puts his left hand behind him holding the cigar. In the following shot, when he yells "My car!", the cigar has disappeared.
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When Pinky runs into the mirror, it naturally shatters. But the broken glass immediately disappears.
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When Mrs. Teasdale introduces Bob to Trentino and Vera, only those four are on the top of the stairs. But the next long shot shows a couple just behind Mrs. Teasdale.
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When they meet, Mrs. Teasdale holds Firefly's right hand while he holds the cigar with his left hand. The subsequent shot shows him holding the cigar with the right hand and the deck with the left one.
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When Chicolini and Pinky get in Trentino's office, Trentino puts the lit cigar on the desk, near the twin phones. Thereafter he picks it up next the cigar box.
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In the balcony, Firefly holds the cigar with his left hand. But after he calls Chicolini to come up, he puts the cigar in the mouth with his right hand.
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When Firefly offers Chicolini a job, Chicolini's dog goes from biting its lower half, to laying down, and finally, sitting next to him in three consecutive shots.
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The gloves that Firefly slaps Trentino with, appear in Firefly's pocket in between shots.
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During the "Going to War" sequence, the four leads are shown kneeling down. In the wider angle shot showing the entire chamber, Bob is shown standing up while the other three are still kneeling down. In the next shot facing the four from a lower angle, Bob is kneeling down again.
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Vera goes from wearing a dress that shows the top of her breast, to her breast being fully covered during the party scene.
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Firefly's standing position while he's singing with his trousers up.
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In the beginning of Chicolini's judgment, Firefly changes his right arm position from one shot to another.
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After Mrs. Teasdale picks up a card, Firefly puts the deck in his left trouser pocket. However, when she introduces him to Trentino, he takes out the deck from the right pocket.
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Factual errors 

While this may not be a "goof" but only an example of the general zaniness of the film, the scene in which Firefly is first presented as the new head of state is supposed to take place in the morning (the gag of Groucho being woken at just the right moment by his alarm clock and having to slide down a fire pole to arrive -- late -- at the reception, the call for "His Excellency's car" with Harpo driving off and leaving Groucho stranded in the sidecar, taking place in broad daylight, etc.). Yet all of the attendees at the presentation reception are clearly in formal evening dress (the women are wearing floor-length evening gowns, the non-military men, including Ambassador Trentino, are in black tie and "tails", etc.). Perhaps ironically, only Groucho himself is -- appropriately -- wearing a swallow-tailed morning coat (albeit one that looks like it hasn't seen the dry cleaner's for some time).
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Revealing mistakes 

When Pinky runs into the mirror, it doesn't actually shatter until he's fallen onto the floor.
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When Pinky's motorcycle pulls away from its cart, you can clearly see a string pull it along.
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The second time a big artillery shell flies through the room, you can see the wire it's on.
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The removed horseshoes that we see lying on the floor (from the horse that Pinky was riding) are not actual horseshoes but the type that are used in the game of horseshoes. They are much larger than regular horseshoes.
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