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Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kris is standing on top of the awning at Macy's after the parade, his voice says "You'll find toys of all kinds at Macy's", but his mouth is moving to totally different words.
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Character error 

Kris claims that John Quincy Adams' Vice President was Daniel D. Tompkins. In fact, it was John C. Calhoun, while Daniel D. Tompkins had been Vice President under Adams' predecessor, James Monroe. The confusion arose because Adams was the 6th President whereas Tompkins was the 6th Vice President, some Presidents having had a different Vice President in each term, and one of the latter having served under 2 of the former.
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Kris' license lists one of his reindeer as Donder (Dutch for thunder), yet whenever this name is spoken, the DVD captions (made 50 years after the film) show it as Donner (German translation). Both names are commonly used in popular culture.
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The judge looks to the audience's right when looking at his advisor, but the advisor is sitting on the audience's left
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During the trial Gailey says that the US Post Office was founded on July 26, 1776. The correct date is July 26, 1775.
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Continuity 

Several shots of the judge show a lamp on his desk. When the mail is dumped in front of him, the lamp has disappeared.
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When Kris is finishing up his examination, Dr. Sawyer is portrayed in a combination of three camera angles. As the angles change his hands go from raised above the desk to palms down on the desk to folded on the desk. The hands change positions continually throughout the scene.
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Alfred's hands on the broom change positions between shots.
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During the examination, Sawyer is tugging on his eyebrow, but a quick cut, and then both his hands are on his desk.
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At the end of the film, Susan refers to Fred Gailey as her Uncle, this is not mentioned at any other point during the film.
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When Kringle is in Sawyer's office, Sawyer is alternately drumming his fingers on desk and twiddling his eyebrow between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Outside the courtroom, the shadow of a camera can be seen on the pillar as Kris walks down the hall.
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Factual errors 

While prosecutor Mara is making his final arguments to the Judge, defense attorney Gailey is out in the hall presumably talking to the postmen. Gailey returns to the courtroom just as Mara finishes his statement. No judge would allow final arguments to proceed in the absence of the attorney for the opposing party.
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Plot holes 

After Kris is accused of being mentally ill but before his hearing occurs, newspaper articles are shown on the screen. The headlines say that Kris will have a hearing, which is correct. But the articles say that the hearing has already occurred, and describe what happened in the courtroom. Yet that has not happened yet.
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Revealing mistakes 

One of the letters to Santa Claus delivered by the New York Post Office is postmarked Indianapolis, Ind.
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Kris claims he can say Merry Christmas in every language. He then goes on to mispronounce the phrase in Russian. It should be pronounced as Srazh-DYEST-vohm.
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