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(1936)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the Singing Waiters musical number, the singers' lips do not match the soundtrack.
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Jump to: Continuity (14) | Crew or equipment visible (2) | Plot holes (1) | Spoilers (1)

Continuity 

After going on break, he turns both wrenches in the same direction. Before that he appears to be tightening them in opposite directions.
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When the wrench gets stuck on the bolt, Chaplin loses hold of it, but he has it in his hand when the foreman comes by.
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After Charlie goes crazy, he comes back with an oil can and sprays Big Bill in the face with the oil. We then catch a quick glimpse of Big Bill's back which is already stained black, but in the following long shot, his tank top back is pristine white in color.
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During the visit of the Minister in jail, Charlie sits next to the Minister's wife and they make funny noises. The distance between them varies between shots.
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Charlie attempts to go swimming and hangs his bathing suit out to dry. It disappears a few minutes later when he leaves for the factory.
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When the factory worker is trapped in the machine, the position of some of the wheels changes between shots.
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When Charlie goes to let the gamin into the department store, the escalators are off, allowing him to rush down the stairs going up. However, when he goes back downstairs and notices the burglars, the escalator is working, allowing him to do his stunts.
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After a brick hits the police officer all the officers go over to the tramp. The gate he is in front of is open at first with a wheelbarrow in the gate opening. This position of the gate and wheelbarrow occur for two or so scenes. In the last scene the gate is suddenly closed and the wheelbarrow has been moved to outside of the gate.
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The Bellows Feeding Machine moves closer to the boss's desk between shots.
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When Chaplin grabs the passing chain to flee from his workmates, the next shot shows him actually sitting in the chain with the straps of his overalls undone and hanging free. Prior to this and when he is back on the ground the straps of his overalls are done up.
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When Chaplin accidentally launches the ship, his position in relation to the moving ship changes between shots - he launches the ship from the side but when is looks at it descending into the water he is directly in front of the ship.
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(at around 1 min) Chaplin accidentally hits the cop with a stone and three of them grab him. The gate in the background (the smallest) is open, but in the next shot, it's closed.
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In the final scene of the film, when the tramp and the gamin are walking towards the camera, the sun is behind them (as seen by their shadows). When the camera angle switches, the sun is now in front of them.
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When Chaplin falls from the conveyor belt into the machinery, you can see that he drops at least one of the wrenches but then has both when he tightens the nuts on the large gear.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the scene with the press at the factory machine shop, Chaplin leaves his boss's coat under the press, flattening his pocket watch. A trap door under the press is clearly visible as a stagehand accidentally leaves a corner of the coat caught in it, and Chaplin must yank on the coat twice to free it.
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The wire holding the flag on the back of the truck is clearly visible.
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Plot holes 

The juvenile authorities have a photograph of the Gamin included in their warrant, even though they never had the opportunity to take her picture, and there's no evidence of photographs in the humble home of the Gamin's family.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

Set lights clearly reflected in car window as the Tramp leaves the factory in the ambulance.
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