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Cinderella (1950) Poster

(1950)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Anastasia is kicking the footman into the piano keys, his head hits the keys on the far left of the piano, but higher-pitched notes can also be heard, which could not possibly be heard from the far left end of the piano.
Just before the stepmother locks Cinderella in her room, she asks Gus and Jaq what they are warning her about. When the stepmother takes her key, Cinderella turns around while she says "Oh, no!", but her mouth isn't moving.
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Character error 

Whenever Cinderella's bare feet are shown, she doesn't have toes, except for in the final scene where the Duke places the glass slipper on her foot. The only other human characters to have their bare feet shown, the stepsisters, are both shown to have large, prominent toes.
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As the King loses his temper over Cinderella disappearing after the ball, the Duke addresses the King as "Your Highness", then addresses him correctly as "Your Majesty" a few moments later.
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As the King loses his temper over Cinderella disappearing after the ball, he accuses the Duke of being in "a plot" with the Prince. We never learn what this "plot" may be.
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Continuity 

After Lucifer sees Gus is under the teacup on the right tray in Cinderella's hand, he runs up to the top of the stairs to get him when she passes by, but Cinderella drops off the right tray to Drizella's room first, then the left one to Anastasia's room. Anastasia runs out of her room screaming, showing that Gus was in her teacup (the left tray) when it should have been Drizella running out, or Gus should have been on the left tray.
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When Cinderella is getting dressed in the morning she pulls the hair ribbon around all of her hair. In the next shot it is tied only around half.
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When Cinderella wakes Lucifer up at the beginning of the movie, she opens the room door from right to left. The shadow of the door on the floor moves from left to right.
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Cinderella's bed sheet has patches, but when the birds fold it, the patches are gone.
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When Cinderella and the Prince are dancing, just before they go out into the garden, they cast large shadows onto the wall. These shadows do not match their movements.
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After Gus drops his breakfast in the kitchen, Lucifer starts to go after Gus. As Lucifer starts to creep up on Gus, Jaq pulls out one of Lucifer's whiskers. But after Gus drops his breakfast again and the next shot goes to Lucifer, Lucifer's whisker is back.
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When Cinderella enters the stepmother's room after one of the stepsisters found Gus in her breakfast, she is casting a shadow behind her. When she nears the stepmother's bed, she casts a shadow over the bed, in front of her.
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When Cinderella and the Prince are getting married, Cinderella wears a long-sleeved wedding gown. Afterwards, when we see them through the back window of the carriage, her gown has puffed sleeves.
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When Cinderella wakes Lucifer up he comes out of the room, yawns and makes scratch marks on the floor. Next time we see the floor near the stepmother's room the scratches have disappeared.
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When the Fairy Godmother changes the mice into horses, aside from Gus and Jaq, she changes one mouse with a hat, and another without. However, when they turn back, the two mice besides Gus and Jaq are both wearing hats.
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The morning after the ball, when Cinderella is near the stairs receiving orders from her stepmother, the clock beside her changes hours between shots.
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In the morning while Cinderella is singing, Jaq is sitting on the headboard of the bed, then once the palace clock chimes Jaq is at the foot of the bed.
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During the ball, the Duke's monocle gets broken during an argument with the King and he looks through the broken monocle at the King as the King leaves. When the Duke goes down to keep and eye on the Prince and Cinderella and as he closes the curtain on the snooping stepmother, his monocle is intact again.
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In older releases of the movie, Lucifer's fur is brown when he tries to catch Gus shortly before he turns into a horse and scares Lucifer before leaving for the ball. This has been corrected in later restorations of the movie.
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When Cinderella comes down asking to try on the glass slipper we see a rip on her apron. But the next time we see her apron the rip is fixed.
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When Cinderella comes down as the Grand Duke is leaving with the slipper, he turns and puts on his monocle. Then after speaking to the stepmother he removes it. When he takes Cinderella's hand to help her down the stairs, his monocle is back on his eye. We never see him replace it.
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In the opening scene of the mice sewing the dress, there is a pink bow being lifted to the collar. In the next shot of the dress, it's gone, and later on the birds use ribbon to tie the bow.
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All throughout the movie, Drizella's ball gown changes from being yellow green to a lighter one.
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At the end of the dress-making scene Jaq can be seen zip-lining down a string from the left side of the screen into a chest twice.
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While the other mice are trying to get food, one of the mice, Jaq, is distracting Lucifer by hiding in a hole in the wall and putting his hat on his tail and sticking it out another hole. Lucifer goes after the hat at the other hole but when the scene shifts back to Jaq, he is still wearing his hat.
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When the mice and birds are trying to get Lucifer to let the teacup go, so Gus can get the key to Cinderella, the birds drop some dishes on Lucifer in attempt to let Gus go. The next time we see the floor there are no broken dishes on the floor.
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When the horses change back into mice Gus is in back with one of the twins, when we cut to a closeup a second later he is now at the front with Jaq and the other twin who was with Jaq is now in the back with his brother.
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Factual errors 

On the palace clock when the clock strikes eight, the eleven reads 'XII'.
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At midnight, when Cinderella is escaping in the carriage, we see a full moon low to the horizon. A full moon at midnight must be at its highest elevation with respect to the horizon. Only in polar regions could it be as low as it appears.
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When the Duke tells the King that the Prince wants to marry the girl he danced with at the ball (Cinderella), he happily offers to knight the Duke. As a Grand Duke, the Duke holds a peerage; a knighthood can only be conferred on someone who does not hold a peerage (non-noble).
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Miscellaneous 

The Duke is a Grand Duke, a member of the Royal Family, but he is not treated as a member of the Royal Family by the King.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

On the palace clock, the Roman numeral 4 is written as "IIII" instead of "IV". However, historically, 4 in Roman numerals was written "IIII". The subtractive system in Roman numerals in which 4 is written as "IV" is fairly recent.
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Plot holes 

At midnight, everything changed returns to normal, except the glass slippers. This logical contradiction is absent from the original fairy tale, where the slippers are an ordinary gift, not a magical creation, by the fairy godmother.
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One of the girls presented to the Prince at the ball is introduced as a Princess. Why is a Princess, whom we must presume the Prince knows already, at the ball?
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A big problem with Disney's version of the story is that for all the Grand Duke knows, Lady Tremaine organized a *scam* to marry off her most attractive daughter to Prince Charming, thus making them all members of the Royal Family. Learning from the royal proclamation that any maiden whose foot fits a certain glass slipper will become a future queen, Lady Tremaine could've employed an artisan who spent all night making a near-replica for Cinderella; then put the Grand Duke off guard with Drizella and Anastasia making fools of themselves, which led naturally to the genuine slipper being shattered when in fact the stepmother deliberately tripped the footman. With the Grand Duke thus suitably dismayed, Cinderella would then be able to produce the fake slipper, which of course, perfectly fits her foot.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the King is dancing down the hall after leaving the Duke in charge of the ball, there is light filtering out of the open door at the end of the hall. When he closes the door, the light is still there.
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During the dress-making scene (where the mice are using thread strings to put the dress together), a white string on the left disappears (and then reappears) after about one second.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the mice point out that Cinderella still has a glass slipper (just after midnight), the slipper is on her right foot, and it is established throughout that the slipper left behind is the left one. After that slipper is broken and Cinderella pulls out the right one, it is placed on her right foot; however, and if this is the goof, when she first sits down to have the left slipper tried on before it breaks, she is in the same position, with her right foot held out and unshod.
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Plot holes 

When Cinderella comes the stairs down asking to try on the glass slipper, the Stepmother, who had locked Cinderella in her room, doesn't ask Cinderella how she got out.
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