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Gone with the Wind (1939) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

When India and Suellen discuss Scarlett's flirtations with their respective suitors, they are standing in front of a large mirror which reflects the central landing (with the window), the full width of the descending stairs and the left-hand railing. Scarlett meets Frank Kennedy coming down the left-hand side and flirts with him midway up from the base to the landing (well within the area reflected by the mirror). However when the sister remarks upon this flirtation, neither Scarlett nor Frank is reflected in the mirror.

Anachronisms 

After Ashley Wilkes is carried into his room, Melanie picks up a lamp with an electric cord attached.
After Scarlett kills the Yankee soldier, Melanie removes her nightgown, intending to use it to clean up the blood. She is supposed to be nude. In the newly remastered version, Melanie is clearly wearing a bra, which didn't exist until early 1900s.
(at around 1h 05 mins) In the scene where Scarlett leaves the military hospital in Atlanta, repulsed at the impending leg amputation, she runs out into the street where panic has ensued. The scene goes to a wide shot of the square. A radio tower is visible in the distance, painted the standard alternating red and white scheme still used today. Radio towers existed in late 1930's, but not in 1864.
When trying to get Dc. Meade, Scarlett runs past a lamp post containing an electric bulb; in fact, all of the lamp-posts visible on the right-hand side of the road she runs down contain visible light-bulbs.
When Scarlett visits the Lumber mill we see a saw cutting lumber, the "whirr" of an electric motor can be heard quite clearly.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Scarlett returns to Tara, Mammy's line, "There's nothing but radishes in the garden," does not match her mouth movement.
While Mammy and Scarlett are arguing about turning the fancy drapes into the green dress, Mammy says "Who's that, a Yankee?" Her face is visible in the mirror, but her mouth never moves.
When Scarlett's sisters are picking cotton at Tara and complaining, Scarlett walks into the picture. You hear her voice say, "Too bad about that!", but her lips do not move.
After the lists come out about Gettysburg casualties, the band plays "Dixie". The camera settles on the two fife players, and their finger movements do not match the music they're supposed to be playing.
When Uncle Peter is chasing the cockerel at Aunt Pitty's, his mouth is not moving although he is heard talking.
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Boom mic visible 

In the opening shot of Scarlet and the Tarleton Twins on Tara's front porch, the shadow of the boom mike is clearly visible on the pillow of the porch swing behind Scarlet. Watch it rise as the trio stands up.
When Scarlett is singing after her night with Rhett, a boom mic shadow is visible on the right top corner of her pillow.
Shadow on the right hand white door when Scarlett leaves the makeshift hospital.

Continuity 

At the beginning of the film there is a huge oak tree outside Tara's front door. After the war, and the Yankees have burned everything, the tree is gone. When the war is over, the tree returns in all its glory.
Just before Dr. Meade introduces the just arriving Rhett Butler at the bazaar, Scarlett and Rhett are visible walking away from the platform where Dr. Meade is standing.
Scarlett is seated upon a pillow while talking to the Tarleton twins on the porch steps. When she hurries off to meet her father the pillow is gone.
When Rhett kisses Scarlett goodbye right before he enlists, he drops his hat on the ground. He kisses her and picks it up from atop a fence post.
Scarlett's coral necklace appears at the barbecue but she isn't wearing it when she hurriedly leaves her bedroom. Also, she never finishes tying the cord on her hoop when Mammy puts her dress on.
When Scarlett flees Atlanta, she is bareheaded. As she and Rhett ride through the depot, she is wearing a black bonnet. In the next scene on the road to Tara, the bonnet disappears.
When Scarlett is talking to Rhett, her handkerchief disappears between shots. Rhett soon gives her a new one.
When Rhett and Mammy share a drink after Bonnie's birth, Rhett has his cigar in his mouth as he stands by the fireplace (he even has some trouble talking with it between his teeth). A second later he is suddenly holding his cigar in his left hand.
When Scarlett arrives at Tara after her mother has died, the door to the room where the mother is laid out is open. When Scarlett turns to go in, the door is closed.
When Big Sam is supposed to be driving Scarlett away from her attackers at Shantytown, the aerial shot shows he is not in the cart.
When Scarlett approaches the Twelve Oaks stairs after her conversation with Ashley, Melanie, and Charles, she greets Frank. For a split second, Rhett Butler is in the background. In the next shot, Rhett is no longer there.
After the Tarleton Twins tell Scarlett of Ashley's impending marriage to Melanie on the porch of Tara, during the famous scene where Scarlett runs down the driveway, the Tarleton Twins disappear from the porch in the long shot.
Before Scarlett goes to the Twelve Oaks barbecue, she has a bare neck, talking to Mammy, then she ties on a hat. Later she is seen wearing a pink necklace.
Before Scarlett, Rhett, Prissy and Melanie leave for Tara, Scarlett's hair is messed up. It's neater when she gets into the wagon. When they stop so Rhett can leave, her hair is almost neat. When she arrives at home, it's messy again.
After Ashley refuses to run away with Scarlett, she turns away, starting to cry, her shawl is halfway off her shoulders, and crooked. Seconds later, it's up to her neck and straight.
When Scarlett goes running after Rhett and the end, she goes into her house and leaves the door open. When Rhett leaves the door is closed, and he has to open it.
Getting ready for the BBQ at Twelve Oaks, Scarlett begins dressing by pulling on her hoop skirt. She is missing the bustle pillow and she never ties the hoop skirt on. The next scene shows the dress being pulled down over her head, her hair has been fixed slightly different than the previous shot, and all of Scarlett's trappings are securely attached under the dress.
Scarlett leaves the hospital in Atlanta wanting to get away from another gruesome duty, she leaves and closes the door. A wide shot shows the door swing open and remain open in wide shots, subsequent close ups show the door closed.
In the far shot of Tara at dawn, just before Scarlett goes out to the garden, the large tree seen earlier at the right front corner of the house, taller than the house itself, is entirely missing. Later, as Melanie runs from the house to greet the returning Ashley, the tree is back, bare with most of its branches missing. Still later in a far shot of Tara seen from the same angle, as Gerald rides up the driveway to chase away Jonas Wilkerson, the tree is full with branches.
Mammy mistakenly says "John Wilkenson's" instead of "John Wilkes" in her famous line, "I ain't aimin' for you to go to Mr. John Wilkenson's and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog!" The barbecue was held at the home of John Wilkes, not Jonas Wilkerson, the overseer.
When they're leaving for Tara, Rhett carries Melanie from her bed with both arms while Scarlett holds a lamp on the other side of the room. In the next shot, a hat appears on Rhett's head despite the fact that no one in the room could have put it on him.
After Scarlett visits the makeshift hospital at the church, she closes the door behind her in the close-up. In the long shot that follows, the door swings open again. Back to the close-up as Scarlett moves away from the door, and it is closed again.
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When Scarlett meets Frank Kennedy in the hospital, a water pitcher appears out of nowhere.
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When Ashley is leaving to return to the front from his furlough, Scarlett meets him at the bottom of the stairs with his coat, which then disappears.
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Scarlett's hairnet when she kills the Yankee intruder.
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Scarlett's collar brooch when in mourning for Bonnie.
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As Rhett and Scarlett flee Atlanta, he stops their wagon to comment on the fall of the old South. Interspersed with his comments are scenes of wounded soldiers walking on the road. A bearded man smoking a pipe is shown carrying a fallen comrade. Several scenes later, the same man is shown carrying a rifle. He gives his rifle to another soldier and picks up the soldier he was seen carrying in the previous scene.
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When the war is over, everyone at Tara runs to the front hall. We see Melanie run down with empty arms. In the next shot she is holding her baby.
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After Rhett and Scarlett flee Atlanta, he stops the wagon at the crossroad to Tara. When he does, he sets the brake on the wagon. After he leaves Scarlett, she turns to the horse and starts to lead it down the road to Tara - without releasing the brake.
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When Scarlett is attacked on the bridge, her hat disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Scarlett is getting ready for the barbecue at Twelve Oaks, she and Mammy put the green dress over her head and it is untied in the back. The next time we see the back of the dress, it is tied.
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After he rides, Mr. O'Hara walks toward Scarlett holding the stick in the right hand. In the next shot the stick appears in his left hand.
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When Rhett comes to visit Scarlett at Aunt Pittypat's with the green bonnet, there is a desk between two windows with busts on top. The busts disappear, then reappear.
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While lining up for the Virgina Reel, a woman in a blue dress stands next to Scarlett. Seconds later, Scarlett is next to a woman in a light orange dress, and the lady in blue has moved down a few places.
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When Scarlett speaks to Frank Kennedy in the hospital, his facial wounds (makeup) do not match, appearing far more pronounced in the closeup than in the longer shot.
In the scene at Twelve Oaks, when the men are gathered arguing about war, Rhett Butler (in a group long shot) flicks his cigar into an ash tray. Immediately after, in a close up, he again reaches over and flicks his cigar ashes.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Rhett takes Bonnie Blue out of her crib right after she is born, we can briefly see "Bonnie's" forehead and eyes which are clearly that of a doll.
When Scarlett and Rhett meet for the first time in the library, there is a globe (or some type of round object) between them. Camera lights are visible in there.
As Uncle Peter pursues the chicken in the rain, you can see a stream of falling water that is obviously flowing off an umbrella or a canopy over the camera.
As Scarlett exits the makeshift hospital in the church, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the door to the left as the view pulls back.
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After Rhett angers the men about how he doubts the South can win the war, Ashley goes after him. As Ashley is leaving the room, for a brief moment, the shadow of a shorter person can be seen behind him.
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Factual errors 

Gerald O'Hara comes running into Tara shouting that the war is over because Lee surrendered. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virgina on April 9, 1865, which had no effect on Georgia. In fact, Georgia State Troops didn't surrender until almost a month after Lee. The surrender of Gen. Kirby Smith at Galveston, Texas, on May 26 is considered the end of the Civil War.
While Melanie is talking to a soldier in the hospital he tells her that he hasn't heard from his brother Jeff since the Battle of Bull Run. That battle was called Bull Run by soldiers of the North. It was called The Battle of Manassas by soldiers of the South.
The credits read "Brent Tarleton.....George Reeves, Stuart Tarleton.....Fred Crane," but that's backwards. Selznick was informed of the error but decided it would be too costly to correct it, as prints had already been struck. It's easy to remember which is which. George Reeves tells Scarlett that she'll dance with both of them: "First Brent, then me, then Brent, then me." So that means Crane played Brent and Reeves played Stuart.
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In a scene near the beginning of the movie, the field hands were tending mature cotton plants in full bloom. As the movie opened in early April 1861, the cotton fields would have just been planted with the cotton plants only beginning to emerge from the soil, with no blooms at all.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the barbecue at the Wilkes' where she wears a green dress we have not previously seen, Scarlett says to the Tarleton twins, "but I wore this old thing because I thought you liked it." While this could be taken as a reference to an earlier scene (which it was in the novel), she could just as well be referring to a time before the movie started. (In the original script she was seen earlier in the green dress, but the dress was changed to white without changing the line in this scene).
Melanie is not pregnant for 21 months - she is pregnant for just over eight months. Some viewers have calculated incorrectly by dating Ashley's Christmas furlough (Beau's conception) to December 1862 instead of 1863. Rhett mentions the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863) in a scene prior to the furlough.

Revealing mistakes 

When the horses and wagons are going up the drive at Twelve Oaks, they dissolve into the matte shot.
When Rhett Butler covers the horse's eyes with Scarlett's shawl, the shawl drops and horse continues moving forward...
When Scarlett and Melanie are nursing the wounded soldier, their shadows don't fit their movements.
In the bazaar scene where Dr. Meade auctions dances with women, it's obvious by his shadow that he's standing in front of a screen.
In the railyard where the soldiers are laid out, two men carry a rolled up stretcher across the top of the frame and then turn left to proceed down the left side. The man in the rear steps on the leg of a soldier and leaves a footprint/depression in a dummy's leg.
Just after the famous Atlanta fire scene, Scarlett and Rhett pause to observe the soldiers fleeing Atlanta. An extra playing a soldier (in a hat) looks right into the camera.
As Scarlett talks with Pa before the pull-back showing the sky, Tara plantation and wind blowing through Scarlett's dress, the sun is supposedly setting behind them, yet Pa's cane continually casts shadow all over Scarlett's face as he gesticulates.
While Scarlett and Cathleen Calvert are ascending the stairs at Twelve Oaks, they discuss Rhett Butler. Right after Cathleen states that Butler is not "received," we catch a brief glimpse of Rhett in the background of the long shot. It is obvious that Clark Gable is not in this long shot. The impostor has a thick mustache, thick hair and is much paler than Gable.
An obvious stunt player drives the buggy through the burning Atlanta Depot.
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As Scarlett and Rhett are fleeing Sherman's troops, their horse becomes frightened and refuses to move amidst the flaming wreckage. Rhett ties a cloth around the horse's face so it can't see the flames. As soon as he starts leading the horse through the debris, the cloth falls away from the horse, which seems to be no longer afraid of the flames.
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When Scarlett climbs down the stairs before Rhett, who carries Melanie, she holds a lamp to the wall side. Although the only light then supposedly came from the lamp, their shadows are projected on the wall.
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When Ashley comes to Atlanta for Christmas during the war, he and Melanie go upstairs to bed and call over the banister of the staircase landing to Scarlett. They proceed on to their room, and we see the light from their room reflected on the wall at the staircase landing. The light disappears as their bedroom door closes, leaving Scarlett watching in misery. However, when we see Prissy and Scarlett packing to leave Atlanta because Sherman is coming (while Melanie is in labor) it appears that there is no bedroom in a position that could leave a light on the landing wall.
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When Rhett enters the room where Bonnie is playing and tells her about taking her away to London, Bonnie's lips move in sync with Rhett's dialog as he talks to her.
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During the opening credits, the matte shot of Atlanta does not match up with the flagpole of the Confederate flag flying over the city. The flagpole sways in the wind and is clearly not attached to the matted part of the flagpole, which remains stationary.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

When Scarlett races out of the Wilkes' house in search of Rhett after Melanie dies, the porch post that she grabs wobbles significantly, betraying the fact that there's nothing above it.

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