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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The "Cook Wanted" sign shown after Milly leaves is clearly written in permanent marker.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Milly is ringing the bell for dinner, she is striking it with a spoon and steadying it with her right hand. This would have muted the bell, but the sound rings true.
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During "Going Courting", when Calebs groans, he groans longer than his mouth is open for.
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Continuity 

Milly's white dress is long at the barn raising and when she returns home to minister to the brawling brothers. However, when she's dancing with Frank it's a little above her ankles.
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During the barn dance after Gideon's axe jumping, he Daniel and Caleb dance with the girls until three townsmen jump from the roof and take the girls away. In the shot immediately after, Daniel has turned into Frank when they slide underneath the wooden beam.
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Frank's flap on his red shirt changes from a v shape like Ephraim's to a square like Gideon's throughout the same scene.
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During the barn dance, there is a part where Frank, Ephraim and Caleb are dancing with the girls, Frank is dancing with Alice and in the shot immediately after, Alice is standing behind Gideon at the side of the dance floor.
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In several shots during the barn dance, Liza's hair comes loose from her chignon, only to be neatly combed again in the next shot.
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Gideon's shirt as he's doing handstands.
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When Adam climbs out of the window to get into the tree, the leg he puts out first changes between shots.
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When Adam is showing Milly the house, he opens the front door twice.
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In the big fight and dance at the barn raising, the brothers change locations rapidly. Also, there are noticeable discontinuities during the acrobatic bits, probably because they needed some repeating.
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Factual errors 

During the "June Bride" sequence, one of the girls plucks a bunch of fresh flowers to signify a bridal bouquet from a container hanging on a post in the bedroom, but the scene takes place in the middle of winter.
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After Millie and Adam's baby is born, we hear the baby cry after being slapped. The slapping of newborns originates in Victorian England when the sedation given to the mother also passed to the baby. The stimulation of the slapping is what caused the baby to take its first breath.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The brothers claim that there were no F names in the Bible. While there are "F" names in the New Testament, all the names shown are from the Old Testament, so presumably that was the only part of the Bible they were referring to.
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Revealing mistakes 

In "Wonderful, Wonderful Day" birds fly onto the set and and several crash into the painted backdrop in the background (the director acknowledges this in a documentary).
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Takes place largely in Oregon winter, yet in all outdoor scenes no one's breath is visible.
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Obvious stand-in for Ephraim (Jacques d'Amboise) during the birthing scene.
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When Milly allows Adam to come back in the house he is supposed to be walking on tree limbs to get back in the window, but you can see that he is obviously stepping on flat ground.
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During "June Bride", the icicles on the eaves of the porch are swaying
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