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The Great Dictator (1940) Poster

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Continuity 

After Hynkel's "Tighten our belts" remark, Herring tightens his belt, which breaks when he sits down. However whenever we see Herring for the rest of the scene, his belt is intact.
When Hannah has tomatoes thrown at her by the soldiers, she has 3 prominent streaks of dirt on her right cheek as she cowers down to protect herself. When she gets up after the attack, the dirt is missing from her cheek.
When Adenoid Hynkel climbs the curtains his left leg is up/down between shots.
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When the barber slides into the basement window while evading the stormtrooper, his hat falls off onto the street. In the next shot, he is wearing his hat again.
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When the Barber first returns to his barber shop, he hangs his hat and coat on a coat-rack that has a hand-broom hanging on it. After his fight with the Storm-Troopers, he re-enters his shop but his coat and hat are no longer on the rack, and the broom has changed location on the rack.
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When the Jewish Barber has just returned to the Ghetto and is cleaning his windows, his white overcoat changes from buttoned to unbuttoned throughout the fight scene.
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Some of the time that the Barber and Schultz are upside down, they are backwards. They actually switched seats and the Barber is now on the right, instead of the left where he properly belongs.
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When the Barber flies upside down in the aeroplane, he sits at the left. He is the closest to us. Schultz asks him for the time. Near his elbow the G from the text "G 3824-R" is closest to his elbow. Later on when he gets his watch to answer the question, the plane seems to fly normally, but then the Barber sits at the right. Then suddenly it is the R which is closest to his elbow.
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At Hynkel's speech in the beginning the position and length of his tie changes from cut to cut.
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When Hynkel is tearing the medals off of Herring after learning that Napaloni has beaten him to Osterlich, a distant shot shows a remaining striped ribbon on the right side of Herring's jacket. In the subsequent close shot, that ribbon is gone.
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Hynkel kicks the globe balloon with the heel over his shoulder, thus the balloon is on a curved trajectory towards the window. In the following shot, the balloon moves just straight up- and downwards.

Crew or equipment visible 

When the Jewish Barber first finds his shop full of webs, you can see the shadow of the camera on his left shoulder.
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The machine rolling the bomb around in the beginning can be seen.
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Errors in geography 

When Hynkel is chased in the Ghetto streets by Stormtroopers, one California studio building can be seen in the upper right corner of the frame.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Jewish Barber cleans the word "Jew" off his shop window, a dotted line can be seen to mark where the W would be painted again for the next take.
When the Barber and Schultz are flying upside down, the wire waving Schultz's scarf is visible.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Making his speech during the invasion of Osterlich after replacing Hynkel, the Jewish Barber quotes the Gospel of St. Luke (chapter 17, verse 21) fluently from memory, an odd accomplishment indeed for someone with the many of challenges of his religious/ethnic background, mental disability, and general ineptitude.

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