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Continuity 

When Tom throws the glass at the mirror in the woman's washroom, the cracks in the glass change between shots.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (2) | Audio/visual unsynchronised (3) | Character error (1) | Continuity (11) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (1) | Spoilers (4)

Anachronisms 

The US flag in the mayor's office in the 1920s appears to be a 50-star flag.
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Verna dials 911 when Tom Regan comes to her apartment, on the night of the hit on Leo's house. In those days, you had to dial 0 and ask for the police if you wanted them quickly, but then again, there were operators by the hundreds available at the spin of a rotary dial.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Johnny Caspar is being driven up to Tom Reagan's apartment building he is talking about how to get a perfect shave but his mouth is not moving.
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After The Dane punches Tom to the floor in Caspar's house and threatens to beat Mink's fate out of Tom, the line, "Is this how you taught Drop his story?" from Tom is dubbed over his unmoving lips.
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When the Dane goes to Verna's apartment, Verna pulls a gun out of her purse on the bed and points it at the Dane. He then slaps her hand with the gun, but the sound of the slap is clearly before the visual.
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Character error 

Caspar repeatedly refers to Bernie as "the Schmatte" - Yiddish slang for "a worthless person". Bernie is Jewish, but an Italian gangster would never use a Yiddish word to refer to him. He would use an Italian epithet, instead.
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Continuity 

When Verna and Tom are talking in the women's dressing room, Verna slugs him. As he staggers away, the glass is in his left hand, but he throws it at the mirror with his right.
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After the Sons of Erin club blows up, a burning body flies out onto the street. In the subsequent shots, it is gone.
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After Tom loses his hat to Verna, he goes to her apartment and spends the night (Apartment #3). Yet, the next morning in the very next scene they are both at Tom's apartment, a different building, the Barton Arms, the same morning that Leo dropped by.
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Tom's whiskey glass on Leo's desk disappears after he confesses to Leo.
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At 20 minutes into the film, when Tom Reagan pours his third drink at the bar, he never drinks it. When he walks away with the "full" drink in his hand, the glass is empty. When he gets to the dressing room in the next scene the glass is full - almost to the top. Reagan only poured briefly at the bar, about one shot, not enough to possibly fill the glass.
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Towards the end of the opening scene, the cigar on Leo O'Bannion's desk mysteriously changes position, although it eventually returns to its original location.
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At 00:36:10, when Tom talks with Verna, she's holding cigarette between the forefinger and the middle finger. At 00:36:18, she's holding it between the thumb and the forefinger. And back to the start at 00:36:25.
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At 00:03:36, Tom drinks his Whiskey, so the glass is almost empty. Later, at 00:04:50, when Johnny is loosing control, the glass is full again and Tom drinks it again at 00:05:32.
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The position of the police chief's arms while talking to Tom during the attack on Leo's club.
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The robe that Verna wears when Tom visits her the morning after he loses his hat keeps changing positions between shots, alternately revealing and concealing her bra.
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At 20 minutes into the film, when Tom Reagan pours his third drink at the bar, he never drinks it. When he walks away with the "full" drink in his hand, the glass is empty.
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Factual errors 

In the scene where Leo uses the Thompson sub-machine gun he should have had to reload at least 6 times. Assuming the gun is a 1928 model the rate of fire is 700 rounds per minute and has a 100 round can of ammunition. The gangster walks into the bedroom and fires for 5 seconds for a total of 58 shots fired, Leo takes his gun and fires at the window for 20 seconds for 233 shots fired, then Leo fires at the car for about 20 more seconds for another 233 shots fired. That is a total of 524 shots fired from one Thompson with no reload.
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Revealing mistakes 

At 0:16:48 when the boy pulls the wig off the dead man, the dead mans bottom lip moves
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Tom is picked up by TicTac and The Dane before they go looking for the body in the woods the street changes between shots - a black car appears beneath the High & Sons sign in one shot then disappears when TicTac swerves his car onto the pavement.
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When Tom is taking Bernie out into the woods, in one shot Bernie's shirt is clean, in the next it is very dirty.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Tom and the other mobsters go into the woods and find the dead Mink, for a brief moment, his face can be seen to flinch.
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When the little boy finds Rug Daniels in the alley, as he takes off his toupee, the body's mouth and right eye move slightly.
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