At the Inn when Judy is trying to convince Phil they should pretend to be engaged she has him cornered on the couch and we hear him say the words 'I feel the same way about my cocker spaniel.' His mouth says something else.
During "The Best Things" dance number, at the end of the number, on the very last twirl around a kneeling Phil before she falls into his arms, Judy trips over Phil's outstretched left foot. She recovers so smoothly that it is very difficult to catch.
During the "Minstrel Show" number, the words go: "Oh, Mister Bones! That's terrible!... Ah, ha!... Yes, Mister Bones, that's terrible!... Oh, ho!" Watch Phil. He flubs the lip-sync and mixes up the "Oh, ho!" and the "Ah, ha!" Apparently, Bob and Betty noticed because, for a few seconds, it looks like they're trying not to laugh. But the pre-recorded soundtrack covers up any giggles that might have been happening.
While Phil and Bob are lip-syncing the song "Sisters" (allowing Judy and Betty time to escape out the window), there is a phrase at the end that Bob messes up on. "Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister; and Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man!" Bob messes up on the last phrase and says "Lord help the mister" instead of "Lord help the sister". It's very obvious that Phil catches the mistake.
In the backstage/ dressing room area of Novello's there is one sign that says "Positively No Smoking" and down the hall there is another sign that says "Please keep cigarette butts and ashes off floor".
While preparing to go on stage for the "Sisters" routine, Betty and Judy mention their brother is currently "out of the country, working in Alaska." Technically "out of the country" is incorrect. Although Alaska would not be admitted as a state until 1959, it was a U.S. territory In 1954, and therefore anyone working there was considered to be "in the U.S.A."
The General blows out the candles on his cake after the surprise by Wallace & Davis. At the end of the movie during the song "White Christmas" as they pan back to the General's table all of the candles are lit again.
When the girls come back onstage during the "Back in the Army" song, their pants are at normal ankle length, yet a moment later when the cut-outs are raised in front of them their pants are already rolled up.
The Haynes sisters go to bed in a drawing room, but wake up in berths. (Since two separate trains are shown, this may have been done to suggest a change of trains - however, none is mentioned, and the "A" drawing room door behind which the girls were seen at the start of the trip is directly behind Phil and Judy as they watch Bob help Betty out of her berth.)
When Wallace and Davis leave the dressing room after doing the "sisters" number, they leave the feathers they were holding. However, when the girls sing for the first time at the Inn, they have them again.
When Wallace and Davis are meeting the General at his Inn for the first time. Phil Davis is wearing a scarf around his neck that changes from across his chest to the right side of his chest and back again.
After Wallace pours the milk before the "Counting Your Blessings" song, he places the pitcher back on the counter and picks the glass up. In the next shot, he places the pitcher on the counter and picks the glass up a second time.
Right before the "Snow!" number on the train, the menu in the background is lying on its side. At the start of the musical number, all four singers simultaneously look at the menu, which has now righted itself with no apparent help from them.
When the general gets up upon being whispered to that it's snowing, his granddaughter gets up to go with him. The housekeeper though restrains her and she sits down. But when the general arrives at the front door of the inn to see the snow, both ladies are right behind him.
Before the Wallace and Davis show invades the colonel's inn the stage at the back of the dining hall is just large enough to hold the 5-piece combo performing the night they arrive, with virtually no wing or fly space anywhere. By the time they start rehearsals the stage is 3 times higher and deeper, holding numerous massive sets, props, lights, and a full length orchestra pit.
A full orchestra can be seen in the orchestra pit at the beginning of the dress rehearsal for "The Minstrel Show" number. When the number is over, the orchestra has disappeared, even though they were playing just moments before.
When Davis and Novello are talking about the sheriff, Davis suggests that Novello continue keeping the sheriff busy and then pushes Novello through the door and follows him through the door. However, when the camera follows Davis through the door, Novello is nowhere to be seen.
During the "Snow" number, the spoon between Bob and Betty changes from face down to face up, back and forth throughout the scene. At the end of the song the spoon is suddenly on the saucer, which has moved.
While the Haynes sisters are in their dressing room discussing why Wallace and Davis came to see their act, Judy pours two cups of coffee and puts down the pot, but in the close up immediately following she is still holding the coffee pot.
When Emma is telling Betty about how the general will feel about being on television, the lower button on Emma's shirt is unbuttoned. In the next shot as she walks behind the counter and turns around, the button on the shirt is buttoned.
As General Waverly starts to walk down the stairs there is a uniformed soldier standing at the bottom of the stairs facing the camera. Directly behind him is a tall woman in a dark blue dress with long earrings and a little girl in a blue and white polka dot dress. In the very next shot as the soldier is escorting the general to his table the tall woman is now standing over by the railing and the little girl has disappeared completely.
The train that transports The Haynes Sisters and Wallace and Davis from Florida to Vermont is shown as being of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in one sequence, and of the Southern Pacific Railroad in another. Neither railway ran on the east coast of the U.S.
When the veterans reunite for the general's surprise, Bob refers to the opening scene when they were in "Montecatino", and the DVD subtitles reproduce this error. The actual WWII location was Monte Cassino, Italy.
When Bob Wallace remembered he had picked up a letter for General Waverly, he says that the letter was from the War Department. The movie was released in 1954 and the War Department had been changed to the Defense Department in 1947. However, Captain Davis never served in the military under the Defense Department (having been mustered out by 1947), and would naturally call it by the name he knew. Furthermore, the seal of the Department of the Army, which would have been on the letterhead, has continued to retain the original "War Department" wording on it since 1947.
There are several "goofs which aren't" during the "Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army" song. Betty and Judy have pants on. When the hometown character set flips up their pant legs are rolled up. Some people consider it a goof that you never see them roll the pant legs up, but Betty and Judy have just been offstage for a few minutes, and come back onstage with their pants rolled up. Bob and Phil are seen to produce hats "out of nowhere" to match their hometown characters - if the hats had been kept anywhere on their persons during the number up to that point, they would have made obvious bulges in their costumes. But again, Betty and Judy just came back onstage, obviously carrying their own hats, and the four characters circle for a few seconds before the cutouts come up. The girls could have passed over the new hats then.
When the girls left Florida they left many of their items at the club including the music, costumes and feather fans from their act. Phil told them they would get it to them but he and Bob also leave in a hurry and can be seen leaving the fans behind but when the girls perform the song 'Sisters' for the General in Vermont the same day they arrive, they have the fans, music and costumes.
Early in the movie when Bob and Phil go to The Florida Theater, they tell Novello they are there to see The Haynes Sisters. Novello then goes to the girls' dressing room and tells them that Bob and Phil are there to see their act because the girls' brother had sent them a letter, but Bob and Phil hadn't told Novello that.
Although Betty and Judy had been offered a job at the Carousel Club that Betty eventually accepts, she arrives in New York, presumably signs a contract, is fitted for a gown, rehearses music and choreography for at least two numbers (she asks the bandleader if they could make a last-minute change to a different song), has had publicity shots taken for the club's entrance, and becomes the club's star act all in one day. This is evident because Judy reads Betty's farewell letter in the morning, tells Bob, and Bob meets up with Betty at the club that evening.
The enormous chorus of singers and dancers in the musical numbers, not to mention the army of technicians and musicians required to put on the "little show" at the General's inn, are nowhere evident in the story scenes. It would obviously take an immensely larger accommodation than the inn to house them, anyway.
On the train leaving Miami, the women are in a private compartment, behind a door with an "A" on it. On arriving in Vermont, they are in bunks behind a curtain, next to the "A" compartment. While it's likely they would have changed trains in New York, it would not have been an overnight train from New York to Vermont.
A distinctive red bass drum used in the opening wartime scene at Monte Cassino as Captain Wallace performs White Christmas is conspicuously visible again just outside the dressing room of the Haynes Sisters at Novello's back in the USA several years later.
When the General blows out the candles on his cake, the ones on the far side of the cake blow out obviously from another direction, and almost before he blows out the ones nearest him. He wouldn't have had enough air to blow them all out at once from where he stood, due to the size of the cake.
Near the end of the movie, Emma, Judy and Betty dash out of the far side of the entryway, supposedly to get to the backstage, in the opposite direction. By the size of the 'inn' (set) it would have taken them several minutes to get there, yet Emma - within one minute - is calmly standing just inside the barn to welcome the General to his surprise.
Early in the film there is a scene from the control room for the Wallace and Davis radio show. An engineer is seen sitting in front of the audio mixing console, but the VU meters that would show the level of the audio being sent out are not moving.
On the wall at Novello's is a blackboard on which is written an orchestra rehearsal call. Later on Bill and Bob's musical rehearsal calls board at the Pine Tree Inn in Vermont is clearly visible and obviously written in the same handwriting.
Betty is watching Bob on the television during The Ed Harrison Show. When the camera angle is reversed and pushing in on her, one man seated near her changes seats and another one leans way off camera so they won't be in her closeup shot.