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Boardwalk Empire (TV Series 2010–2014) Poster

(2010–2014)

Goofs

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Anachronisms 

While much of the clothing was period specific for the major players, numerous minor performers wore clothing that was clearly made in the later 20th and early 21st century. This becomes most obvious in the latter seasons of the series.
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Miscellaneous 

Both Western Electric and Automatic Electric candlestick telephones are shown. These were competing manufacturing companies that would not be seen in the same geographical area. The "Bell System" would use only Western Electric telephones connected to their telephone lines. Independent telephone companies would use Automatic Electric and many other manufacturers telephones connected to their telephone lines.
The series never showed most of the numerous large hotel properties that existed in Atlantic City during the 1920s. While this likely due to the cost of doing so even using CGI, it also makes the city look much smaller than it was.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Al Capone's son, Sonny, is portrayed as being entirely deaf at the age of two. In real life Sonny contracted an infection that left him only partially deaf and only at age seven. However, this series is intended to be fictional, not based on real life events. Factual inaccuracies are therefore not considered goofs.

Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

There's no evidence that the real "Nucky" ever killed anyone.
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The real Enoch Johnson died in a nursing home in 1964. He not only survived the 1920s Prohibition era gangster-ism, he remained in power until being sent to federal prison in 1941.
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