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Anachronisms 

One of the scenes depicts a "General" omnibus carrying passengers on a normal route. The movie is set post-WWII London (1946). The London General Omnibus Company went out of service in 1933.
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The first scenes show prisoners wearing clothes with wide arrows, a design introduced in the 1870s but discontinued in 1922.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Watson falters, an instant, as he opens the lid of the musical box after removing it from the biscuit jar, causing the lid to mostly fall closed again for a second, before he lifts if open fully. Yet, the tinkly music continues to play seamlessly, without any interruption from having the lid closed again momentarily.
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Character error 

Dr. Watson is repeatedly described as having "no ear for music". Yet in two previous films of the series, he is seen both singing and playing the tuba.
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It's extremely doubtful Holmes would be playing "Danny Boy" on his violin, a sentimental ballad more associated with the Irish community and popular with American film audiences at the time. It's not mentioned in any of the stories where he played classical music such as by Mendelssohn, Offenbach, and Paganini.
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Continuity 

In the close-up of the woman's hand holding Sherlock Holmes's calling card, the fingers have red nail polish. In the very next shot, the woman does not have nail polish.
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(at around 1h 7mins) The henchman throws a dagger at Holmes, which sticks in the wall next to the photo on the mantlepiece. Seconds later, when the police enter the room, the dagger has vanished.
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Errors in geography 

The bus has a left hand drive, American style. All the cars and taxis have right hand drive, which is correct.
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Factual errors 

The reflected image in Hilda Courtney's makeup-mirror is the same orientation as the real scene, rather than being reversed, as it would be when viewed in a mirror.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Dr. Watson refers to having met the King of Bohemia, which does not make historical sense, as the monarchy in Bohemia (land of the Czechs) was abolished in 1620. This is an allusion to the source story "A Scandal in Bohemia" which gave that land a tongue-in-cheek fictional history and politics.
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Plot holes 

The premise of the film is that the only way the prisoner in Dartmoor can communicate with his colleagues outside the prison is through the music boxes. So how does he get the information to them about when and where the boxes are to be sold?
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Revealing mistakes 

When Sherlock goes to see the auctioneer to ascertain who purchased the music boxes, he reads the purchasers address from the log and says its on "Hampton Way" In the next scene he visits the house on Hampton Road. He also mentions the "correct" street, Hampton Road in a subsequent scene.
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The auctioneer read the address from the log to Colonel Cavanaugh (the villain), not Mr Holmes. When Holmes and Watson visited the auctioneer, the dialogue had Holmes mentioning the (incorrect) address.
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