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My Fair Lady (1964) Poster

(1964)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

In the number "With a Little Bit of Luck", as Alfred Doolittle walks to the left side of the screen and sings, "They're always throwing goodness at you, but with a little bit o' luck a man can duck," the camera pans far enough to the left to reveal the tracks of a modern rubber tire in the dirt, probably made by the camera dolly or a mobile light stand.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Prof. Higgins sings "Never Let A Woman In Your Life" he turns on several phonographs, seconds later he turns off one of them but all of the sounds stop.
As Eliza collects coins from the ground just before the "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" number, a man in the background standing on a cart calls out, "You're no Eastender, kid! We've got a bloomin' heiress in our midst." There's an odd extra syllable between the two lines, which explained by the subtitles (on the 1998 DVD release); these read, "Shouldn't we stand up, gentlemen? We've got a bloomin' heiress in our midst." Presumably the subtitles are based on the original script and/or dialogue track, and the first sentence was spliced out for the final release, in favor of the "You're no Eastender, kid!" line.
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When Eliza is singing the last reprise of the chorus of "I Could Have Danced All Night" in bed, her lips often are moving slower than the words are being said and she is seen dragging a little bit when some of the longer notes are being held.

Character error 

During the song "Why Can't The English?" Higgins sings 'Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning'. Actually, Arabians learn Arabic.
When Alfred sings "Get Me to the Church on Time", he sings "Stamp me and mail me", which is an American term, rather than the British term "Stamp me and post me".
In the pub scene ("I'm getting married in the morning") none of the beer glasses are of British design.

Continuity 

The recording Higgins plays of Eliza speaking in the last scene of the film is different dialog from the actual scene that was supposedly recorded.
During the opening scenes at Covent Opera House there is a woman wearing a long purple dress. She is shown getting into a car, and then seconds later is seen running when the rain starts.
When Eliza sings "I Could Have Danced All Night", she goes into the bathroom, turns on the tap, and wets a washcloth which she presses against her chin and neck. She never turns off the tap, and it is still running as she exits the bathroom. In the next shot, you see one of the maids turn off the bathroom light, but she doesn't lean over and turn off the tap.
Higgins arm on the back of the chair during 'Let A Woman In Your Life'.
In the early scene where Eliza offers to pay for lessons, Higgins tells her, "Sit down!" and points across the room to a chair. He points with his right arm. In the next shot, Higgins is pointing with his left arm.
Eliza puts down her basket by the fire when she is singing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly". After the song is over and she leaves in the carriage, she does not have her basket.
The item in Higgins' hand when celebrating Eliza's triumph at the ball.
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When Higgins comes home after the Grand Ball, he takes off his shoes and holds a cigar in one hand which repeatedly changes direction between shots.
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When Higgins and Eliza are on the way out to the ball, the head maid is in the line with the other maids, but in the next shot she is again going into the line.
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When Professor Higgins talks about the breakfast cakes, Colonel Pickering drinks his coffee and puts the cup back on the saucer. But in the close up shot he repeats the same action.
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When Eliza exits Mrs. Higgins' garden after singing "Without You", she goes through the gates that lead inside the adjoining room. They are left swinging behind her. When the camera turns to Higgins immediately after, the gates are perfectly stationary. There was not enough time for the gates to stop swinging in the small amount of time between the two shots.
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When Eliza is singing "I Could Have Danced All Night," the maids are furiously trying to dress her into the nightgown. Her right sleeve is tied but the left remains untied until she exits the bathroom where it's tied.
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When Higgins comes home after the Grand Ball, he takes off his shoes as clearly seen in a shot in which he is sitting and lifts both feet off the floor. Later near the end of the song, he performs a similar move and his shoes are back on.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Higgins first asks Eliza to recite the verse, "In Hartford, Hereford..." and he makes the mirror rotate, you can see the camera and the crew at times as it is reflected in the mirror.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Charles Fredericks looks nothing like King George V, but the scene is not meant to shown an actual king. He represents Eliza's dream of what a king should look like.

Revealing mistakes 

In almost the final scene, when Higgins goes to open the door with the key, he inserts the key, but doesn't turn it before opening the door.
During "The Rain in Spain", you can hear Audrey Hepburn's voice mixed with Marni Nixon's voice. It's especially obvious the first time she properly sings, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain," after Higgins' line, "I think she's got it, I think she's got it."

Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

In the final scene Prof. Higgins is alone in the room, sitting in his chair, a shadow that appears to be Eliza's is visible on the floor as she approaches. It is mentioned by Gene Allen on the DVD that the shadow is actually his.

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