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Revealing mistakes 

Abnormal changes in the brightness of the sun and the shadows on the sand, during the time when Sugar, Daphne, the band members and Junior are on the beach together.
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Anachronisms 

Set in 1929, yet features the songs "I'm Thru With Love", written in 1931, and "Stairway to the Stars" from the 1930s.
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Early in the movie, Joe says, "Maybe the Dodgers will leave Brooklyn," which is of course funny because the movie came out in 1959, one year after the Dodgers moved to L.A. But the movie is set in 1929, and from 1914 to 1931 the Brooklyn baseball team was known as the Robins, not the Dodgers.
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Junior identifies himself to Sugar as heir to the Shell Oil Company. However, Shell Oil had no presence in North America at the time the story takes place; its first U.S. distributorship opened in December 1929 in North Carolina.
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One of the goons searching for Joe and Jerry assures the other goons that his men have the airports covered. Miami had just one airport at that time, Pan American Field, which consisted of a single hangar and served just one route, Miami-Havana.
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During the opening chase, the police zip by a Chevron gas station. Chevron was known as Standard Oil in 1929.
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Although rim brakes (those on Junior's bicycle) have been in use since the 1890s, the vast majority of early 20th century American bicycles used coaster brakes. In real life, Junior would have been hard-pressed to find a bike with rim brakes.
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When Junior asks Sugar where she learned how to kiss, she replied that she sold kisses for The Milk Fund. The story takes place in 1929; The Milk Fund was founded in 1932.
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Lemmon gives an impression of Edward G. Robinson from his 1930 hit "Little Caeser" although the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in 1929.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The trumpet solo during "I Wanna Be Loved by You" is heard even though the trumpet player behind Daphne and Josephine is not playing her instrument. At one point in the same song, Daphne plays the bass, but the bass isn't heard.
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During "I'm Thru With Love," a bass is heard even though Daphne is absent.
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At the rehearsal and at the bandstand, Daphne's and the Sweet Sues' playing too often does not correspond to the notes of the music.
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As Sugar sings "I Wanna Be Loved By You" there's an extended shot of her with the drummer, a bit out-of-focus in the rear, and the drummer is clearly "missing" the drum and cymbal by a wide margin with her brushes.
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Character error 

Mulligan asks for another table not so close to the band and refers to the reserved table. However, we can see in the next shot that the reserved table is right next to the stage and therefore just as close to the band as he is.
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Joe as Junior leaves the hotel by stepping out his window, then walking to his left on the terrace to climb down a pole. When he returns, he climbs over the terrace railing into the window instead of walking on the terrace (after, presumably, climbing up the pole).
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At the speakeasy, Joe and Jerry continue to talk instead of resuming play with the rest of the band after the banjo solo ends.
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Osgood says that his yacht is named "New Caledonia" but the life rings and motor launch say "Caledonia II."
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Osgood tells Daphne that his mother sent him to Florida when the yearly "George White Scandals" opened. The film is set in February; the "Scandals" never opened earlier than June, and the 1929 revue opened in September.
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At the end of the tango, the band members yell "Olé", except for the trumpeter, who still has his trumpet up to his lips.
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Little Bonaparte orders a hit at a hotel, in public, where both he and the intended targets are registered guests.
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Joe promises Jerry that he will return Osgood's flowers the day after he gave them to Sugar. Yet when Junior later calls Sugar, the flowers are still in her room.
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Jerry complains that the gig in Urbana that Poliakoff offers them is 100 miles away. Urbana is actually 150 miles south of Chicago.
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Continuity 

After Sugar performs "I Wanna Be Loved by You," we see her back is bare as she turns away from us. When she boards Junior's boat, there is now a transparent strap across her back joining her dress. When she enters the salon moments later, the strap is gone.
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At night, on the train, Sugar gets the curtains stuck between the ladder and the side of the berth. In the next shot she opens the curtains while on the ladder and without moving it.
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When Osgood puts Daphne's shoe on, the luggage on the sidewalk behind him is in a straight line. When we cut back to Osgood, the luggage is no longer in a straight line, and other luggage is stacked on top of it.
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When the casket containing bootleg whiskey is shown in the hearse, it has two handles on the side. When it is shown being carried into the mortuary, it has three handles on the side.
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When we first see Sugar, we notice the seams of her stockings run a straight line up the middle of her calves. But, when she asks Daphne and Josephine a few minutes later if her seams are straight, they are no longer in a straight line nor up the middle of her calves.
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As Daphne dumps her things onto Osgood, his hand is grasping the top of Josephine's saxophone case, the neck of Sugar's ukulele case is pointed away from him while Daphne's purse is stuck between him and Josephine's case. But, when they enter the lobby, Osgood's arm is now under Josephine's case, the neck of Sugar's case is pointed toward him, and Daphne's purse is between Josephine's case and Sugar's case.
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While she chops at the ice, Sugar straightens up when she tells Josephine about her weakness for saxophone players. When we cut over her shoulder to see Josephine's reaction, Sugar straightens up again.
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When the patrol car chasing the hearse is spun around, two cops are holding onto its right side. When it comes to a stop, one of the cops is in the back seat getting out.
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As Joe and Jerry race into the banquet hall, Joe accidentally slides into Little Bonaparte's table, knocking it off-line. When we next see Little Bonaparte's table, it's straight again.
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Joe and Jerry face each other as they dive under Spat's table at the banquet hall. But when we cut to them actually getting under the table, they're side by side instead of facing each other.
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Spats has a henchmen button his spats before they go to the banquet hall. But, as Joe and Jerry are hiding under Spats's table in the banquet hall, Spats's right shoe is clearly not buttoned.
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In the opening, four hoodlums are riding in the hearse and they hear a police siren behind them. Two of them look out the back window and it is apparent that there is no glass in the window. A second later a bullet smashes the window and, when they look out again, the window is not only broken, but very dirty.
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After the back window of the hearse is shot by the police, the two thugs knock out the rest of the window with their guns to shoot back, leaving pieces of glass on the bottom frame. But, the next time we see the hearse, the pieces of glass are gone.
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When Sugar leaves the hotel to meet Joe on the boat the pavement is wet from the rain. When Joe cycles away from the hotel a few minutes later the roads are dry.
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When Joe and Jerry arrive at Poliakoff's building, Joe's hair is wind-blown with snow in it, and he has stubble on his face. But, when they are in the building, Joe's hair is combed with no snow in it and he's clean-shaven.
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At the speakeasy, a lady at a table to Mulligan's left gets up and begins to walk in front of the chorus girls just as we cut to Spats entering. The lady should be now seen in front of Spats, but isn't.
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When Spats and his crew go to their table at the speakeasy, the henchman played by Harry Wilson sits at the table directly across from Spats. When Det. Mulligan goes to the table to confront Spats minutes later, Wilson is sitting to the right of Spats.
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During Sugar and Joe's scene on the beach, a group of beach chairs appears and disappears behind them.
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As Daphne and Osgood are going into the hotel, when the camera is outside the hotel Daphne is holding her right wrist up and moving her left arm forwards and backwards. When the camera is inside the hotel, her left wrist is elevated (not as high as the right wrist was) and her right arm is moving.
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When the bus carrying the band approaches the hotel, there is nobody on the bus but in the next shot, the band exits from the rear door. If people had been on the bus, they would have been easily visible from the side views.
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The bullet holes on the coffin lid during the chase are on different locations then the ones seen when the coffin is taken out of the car.
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The block of ice changes shape before and while Sugar chops at it.
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Poliakoff's cigarette is one-quarter burned when Sweet Sue and Beinstock leave his office. Moments after Joe and Jerry enter his office, Poliakoff's cigarette is almost down to the stub. When Joe and Jerry are about to leave, Poliakoff's cigarette is half-burned.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the speakeasy as we see Mulligan packing his cigar, the top of someone's head is in the bottom of the screen. However, in the scene where he first sits down at the table, you can see that there's no place for that person to be sitting as he is right next to the stage.
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Errors in geography 

Florida beaches do not have high cliffs. Also, there is a scene where Sugar Kane is sitting on the beach, facing the ocean. She says that the time is 4:00 pm. However, her shadow is clearly being cast behind her. On Miami beaches, this is not possible. Since all of Miami's beaches face east, one's shadow is only cast away from the ocean before noon. On Miami beaches at 4pm, your shadow would lie on the ground in front of you, towards the ocean.
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The all-girl band arrive in Florida and promptly check into the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California, a famous, unique, and easily recognizable Victorian structure.
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As the police chase the hearse, they pass a "Standard" gas station with the Chevron emblem. The Chevron emblem was used by Standard Oil of California only in the West. In Chicago, Standard stations carried the Torch and Oval emblem of Standard Oil of Indiana.
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The PA announcement at the Chicago train station lists the "Florida Limited" making its first stop in Washington and then stops down the East Coast. Trains from Chicago to Florida were routed through Nashville and other mid-South cities.
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Factual errors 

The band boards the train "Florida Limited" in Chicago. The Florida Limited was a companion to the Florida Special and both departed from Pennsylvania Station in New York. It never went near Chicago.
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Miscellaneous 

When Monroe first meets Curtis on the beach after tripping over his leg, the ball in background wobbles repeatedly while lying in the sand as if weighted, and looks completely different to the one she picks up after and throws back.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The depiction of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre is deliberately inaccurate, to spoof Scarface and other classic gang movies which sensationalized and fictionalized real people (including Al Capone) and events. It's a comedy, not a documentary. To be specific, the shooting took place at mid-morning, not at night. The hitmen did not drive into the garage as shown; they parked outside. They drove a Cadillac, not a Duesenberg Model J as in the movie, and two of the four actual killers were dressed as policemen.
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Plot holes 

The only information Joe has about Osgood's yacht is her name, so how does he know what The New Caledonia looks like, and where she and her motor launch are?
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How did Joe know that Beinstock had packed the type of clothing that would allow him to pass himself off as a millionaire? And why would the much shorter Beinstock have Joe's size?
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From his vantage in the lobby, Mulligan could not have witnessed Spats and his crew getting patted down, as they were in a walk-in closet behind a folded screen.
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Revealing mistakes 

Jerry fits into the much-smaller Bellhop's uniform.
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When Sugar and Junior are talking on the telephone, Sugar's eyes are clearly following lines on a cue-card.
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The holes in the jacket of Jerry's bass do not correspond to the bullet holes in the bass.
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It is supposed to be night when Joe slips out of the hotel, but a daytime sky is visible.
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When Spats's men are searched for weapons at the Hotel, the man doing the pat-down can be seen placing the gun behind the gangster's leg, just before it is supposed to drop out of his pants leg.
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During the chase, the lid of the coffin is leaking fluid from bullet holes which would indicate that the coffin is very full. When the lid is raised, no liquid pours out and only broken bottles are seen.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Plot holes 

How did Sugar know that Joe went to the pier after he was chased out of the ballroom by Little Bonaparte's goons?
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