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Young Frankenstein (1974) Poster

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

Before the monster has fully put his weight upon the see-saw, you can see Helga begin to be lifted off of her seat.
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Anachronisms 

Although parodying Universal's franchise of 1931-1945 (especially 1939's SON OF FRANKENSTEIN) and adhering to clothing and automobile styles of the period, the musical number "Puttin' on the Ritz" uses the revised lyrics of 1946. This is perhaps an intentional decision, as the original racially insensitive lyrics would have provided unnecessary offense.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Frau Blucher is playing the violin to soothe the monster, her fingers stay in the same position the whole time she is playing, yet the music changes even while her fingers are in plain sight
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When Frankenstein first opens the door to the monster-making room, the rusted handle breaks into two pieces, but when he throws them down, only one piece can be heard hitting the floor.
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Character error 

When Igor, Inga, and Dr. Frankenstein go to catch the monster for the first time, they try to inject him with a sedative. Before she injects him, she squirts a little out the top to make sure no air is in the needle, but when she sticks him with the needle, she does not inject anything. In fact, when she pulls the needle back out, she squirts more sedative onto the ground.
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The Monster's opinion of fire changes frequently throughout the movie. Sometimes he is deathly afraid of it, at other times he sits for hours next to an open fire showing no reaction at all.
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Continuity 

The Monster is in two different locations on the operating table in the two shots prior to getting off the table.
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As the townspeople gather to storm the castle, the clock in the town square shows 10:30. When the Inspector steps out of the building to address them, the clock over his shoulder shows 10:00 PM.
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During Dr. Frankenstein's lecture, the drawing of the brainstem changes by the end of the scene.
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When Frederick discovers the private library, one shot is a close-up of the cigar in the ashtray. In the next shot, the cigar is in Inga's hand.
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After the class is dismissed, we see Herr Falkstein get up from his seat twice.
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The fingers of Madeline Kahn's rings change.
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When Helga lands on the bed she is lying on the bed with no bed covers on her. When her parents enter her bedroom she has bed covers over her.
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In the dart throwing scene the first dart lands in a "7" space and the rest near the bullseye. After a cut-away, the dart in the "7" spot is missing.
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As Frau Blucher frees the Monster from the operating table, she caresses the top of his head with her right hand, but in the inserted shot of the Monster's head from her POV her hand is not there.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the chase scene in the woods the Police Inspector's prosthetic arm "switches" from right to left. This was an intentional joke, much like Igor's hump.
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"Transylvania" in the movie is an imaginary land meant to serve as "generic horror movie setting." It is not an attempt to depict the real Transylvania.
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When Gerhard Falkstein meets Dr. Frankenstein in his class, he refers to Baron von Frankenstein as his great-grandfather, while the rest of the film refers to him as the grandfather. However, it is stated later in the film (most notably in the deleted sequence "The Reading Of The Will") that the Frankenstein who's will is being read is the Great-Grandfather, and the infamous Victor Frankenstein is his son, or Fredrick's Grandfather.
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(Possibly intentional) The candle that operates the bookcase door goes out momentarily, and then comes back on, before Frankenstein and the assistant go down the passageway.
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(No doubt intentional) When playing darts, only two go out the window. Yet at least three darts are in each tire, plus others in the spare and the driver's helmet.
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Revealing mistakes 

Gene Wilder barely stifles genuine laughter at several points.
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In the classroom Frankenstein sticks a scalpel into his leg. A thick pad is clearly visible under his trouser leg, covering the whole top of his thigh.
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In the opening "coffin" scene, the ruffle under the coffin flutters as the camera backs up past it.
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Right before Frankenstein goes up to the top of the tower to animate the monster, you can see the monster's chest move up and down.
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When Igor enters the "Brain Depositary", there is a keyhole in the door but no corresponding bolt is visible when the door opens.
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In the scene where they are removing the casket from the ground, they appear under the casket to lift it out. That would be impossible to do unless they dug a huge hole with a way to get under the casket.
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When Inga and Igor are turning the wheel to lift Frederick to the roof of the castle, the platform is moving faster than they are turning the wheel.
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When Fredrick and Inga are caught after having sex, the shot of the platform coming down from the roof is reused from when the monster is reanimated. you can see Dr Frankenstein's legs and lab coat standing on the side of the platform as it lowers.
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In the 'Puttin' on the Ritz' number one of the electric footlights explodes, alarming the monster. The light however stays entire and is still on, and it isn't clear what it is that Gene Wilder is stamping out.
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When the Creature is walking backwards and forwards in the neurology demonstration, it is clear that he is wearing platform shoes.
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When Helga flies through the window of her house and lands on her bed (after the Monster sends her flying on the seesaw) you can see the string attached to her to hoist her in the air.
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