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Goofs from Gone With the Wind (1939)

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  • When Scarlett is attacked on the bridge, her hat disappears and reappears between shots.
  • When Rhett kisses Scarlett goodbye right before he enlists, he drops his hat on the ground. He kisses her and picks it up from atop a fence post.
  • When trying to get Doc Meade, Scarlett runs past several lamp posts containing electric bulbs.
  • When Scarlett meets Frank Kennedy in the hospital, a water pitcher appears out of nowhere.
  • After Ashley Wilkes is carried into his room from a night at Belle's place, Melanie picks up a lamp with an electric cord attached.
  • When Scarlett is talking to Rhett, her handkerchief disappears between shots. Rhett soon gives her a new one.
  • When Ashley is leaving to return to the front from his furlough, Scarlett meets him at the bottom of the stairs with his coat, which then disappears.
  • As Scarlett talks with Pa before the pull-back showing the sky, Tara plantation and wind blowing through Scarlett's dress, the sun is supposedly setting behind them, yet Pa's cane continually casts shadow all over Scarlett's face as he gesticulates.
  • When India and Suellen discuss Scarlett's flirtations with their respective suitors, they are standing in front of a large mirror which reflects the central landing (with the window), the full width of the descending stairs and the left-hand railing. Scarlett meets Frank Kennedy coming down the left-hand side and flirts with him midway up from the base to the landing (well within the area reflected by the mirror). However when the sister remarks upon this flirtation, neither Scarlett nor Frank is reflected in the mirror.
  • As Scarlett exits the makeshift hospital in the church, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the door to the left as the view pulls back.
  • After Scarlett visits the makeshift hospital at the church, she closes the door behind her in the close-up. In the long shot that follows, the door swings open again. Back to the close-up as Scarlett moves away from the door, and it is closed again.
  • An obvious stunt player drives the buggy through the burning Atlanta Depot.
  • Just after the famous Atlanta fire scene, Scarlett and Rhett pause to observe the soldiers fleeing Atlanta. An extra playing a soldier (in a hat) looks right into the camera.
  • Just before Dr. Meade introduces the just arriving Rhett Butler at the bazaar, Scarlett and Rhett are visible walking away from the platform where Dr. Meade is standing.
  • As Scarlett and Rhett are fleeing Sherman's troops, their horse becomes frightened and refuses to move amidst the flaming wreckage. Rhett ties a cloth around the horse's face so it can't see the flames. As soon as he starts leading the horse through the debris, the cloth falls away from the horse, which seems to be no longer afraid of the flames.
  • Scarlett leaves the hospital in Atlanta wanting to get away from another gruesome duty, she leaves and closes the door. A wide shot shows the door swing open and remain open in wide shots, subsequent close ups show the door closed.
  • When Scarlett climbs down the stairs before Rhett, who carries Melanie, she holds a lamp to the wall side. Although the only light then supposedly came from the lamp, their shadows are projected on the wall.
  • When Big Sam is supposed to be driving Scarlett away from her attackers at Shantytown, the aerial shot shows he is not in the cart.
  • After Rhett and Scarlett flee Atlanta, he stops the wagon at the crossroad to Tara. When he does, he sets the brake on the wagon. After he leaves Scarlett, she turns to the horse and starts to lead it down the road to Tara - without releasing the brake.
  • When Scarlett approaches the Twelve Oaks stairs after her conversation with Ashley, Melanie, and Charles, she greets Frank. For a split second, Rhett Butler is in the background. In the next shot, Rhett is no longer there.
  • In the railyard where the soldiers are laid out, two men carry a rolled up stretcher across the top of the frame and then turn left to proceed down the left side. The man in the rear steps on the leg of a soldier and leaves a footprint/depression in a dummy's leg.
  • Before Scarlett, Rhett, Prissy and Melanie leave for Tara, Scarlett's hair is messed up. It's neater when she gets into the wagon. When they stop so Rhett can leave, her hair is almost neat. When she arrives at home, it's messy again.
  • In the far shot of Tara at dawn, just before Scarlett goes out to the garden, the large tree seen earlier at the right front corner of the house, taller than the house itself, is entirely missing. Later, as Melanie runs from the house to greet the returning Ashley, the tree is back, bare with most of its branches missing. Still later in a far shot of Tara seen from the same angle, as Gerald rides up the driveway to chase away Jonas Wilkerson, the tree is full with branches.
  • As Uncle Peter pursues the chicken in the rain, you can see a stream of falling water that is obviously flowing off an umbrella or a canopy over the camera.
  • Shadow on the right hand white door when Scarlett leaves the makeshift hospital.
  • After the Tarleton Twins tell Scarlett of Ashley's impending marriage to Melanie on the porch of Tara, during the famous scene where Scarlett runs down the driveway, the Tarleton Twins disappear from the porch in the long shot.
  • When Rhett takes Bonnie Blue out of her crib right after she is born, we can briefly see "Bonnie's" forehead and eyes which are clearly that of a doll.
  • When Scarlett visits the Lumber mill we see a saw cutting lumber, the "whirr" of an electric motor can be heard quite clearly.
  • When Ashley comes to Atlanta for Christmas during the war, he and Melanie go upstairs to bed and call over the banister of the staircase landing to Scarlett. They proceed on to their room, and we see the light from their room reflected on the wall at the staircase landing. The light disappears as their bedroom door closes, leaving Scarlett watching in misery. However, when we see Prissy and Scarlett packing to leave Atlanta because Sherman is coming (while Melanie is in labor) it appears that there is no bedroom in a position that could leave a light on the landing wall.
  • Scarlett is seated upon a pillow while talking to the Tarleton twins on the porch steps. When she hurries off to meet her father the pillow is gone.
  • While Mammy and Scarlett are arguing about turning the fancy drapes into the green dress, Mammy says "Who's that, a Yankee?" Her face is visible in the mirror, but her mouth never moves.
  • When Rhett comes to visit Scarlett at Aunt Pittypat's with the green bonnet, there is a desk between two windows with busts on top. The busts disappear, then reappear.
  • After he rides, Mr. O'Hara walks toward Scarlett holding the stick in the right hand. In the next shot the stick appears in his left hand.
  • When Scarlett and Melanie are nursing the wounded soldier, their shadows don't fit their movements.
  • (at around 1:05:00) When Scarlett leaves the military hospital in Atlanta, repulsed at the impending leg amputation, she runs out into the street where panic has ensued. The scene goes to a wide shot of the square. A radio tower is visible in the distance, painted the standard alternating red and white scheme.
  • News is brought to Tara that the war is over because Lee surrendered. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virgina on 9 April 1865 had no effect on Georgia. That state's troops were in the army of General Joseph Johnston which continued battling Sherman in the Carolinas for a few weeks after Lee. The surrender of General Kirby Smith at Galveston, Texas, on May 26 is considered the true end of the Civil War.
  • After Ashley refuses to run away with Scarlett, she turns away, starting to cry, her shawl is halfway off her shoulders, and crooked. Seconds later, it's up to her neck and straight.
  • As Rhett and Scarlett flee Atlanta, he stops their wagon to comment on the fall of the old South. Interspersed with his comments are scenes of wounded soldiers walking on the road. A bearded man smoking a pipe is shown carrying a fallen comrade. Several scenes later, the same man is shown carrying a rifle. He gives his rifle to another soldier and picks up the soldier he was seen carrying in the previous scene.
  • After Rhett angers the men about how he doubts the South can win the war, Ashley goes after him. As Ashley is leaving the room, for a brief moment, the shadow of a shorter person can be seen behind him.
  • Before Scarlett goes to the Twelve Oaks barbecue, she has a bare neck, talking to Mammy, then she ties on a hat. Later she is seen wearing a pink necklace.
  • While lining up for the Virgina Reel, a woman in a blue dress stands next to Scarlett. Seconds later, Scarlett is next to a woman in a light orange dress, and the lady in blue has moved down a few places.
  • When Rhett and Mammy share a drink after Bonnie's birth, Rhett has his cigar in his mouth as he stands by the fireplace (he even has some trouble talking with it between his teeth). A second later he is suddenly holding his cigar in his left hand.
  • At the beginning of the film there is a huge oak tree outside Tara's front door. After the war, and the Yankees have burned everything, the tree is gone. When the war is over, the tree returns in all its glory.
  • When Scarlett's sisters are picking cotton at Tara and complaining, Scarlett walks into the picture. You hear her voice say, "Too bad about that!", but her lips do not move.
  • When the horses and wagons are going up the drive at Twelve Oaks, they dissolve into the matte shot.
  • When Scarlett is singing after her night with Rhett, a boom mic shadow is visible on the right top corner of her pillow.
  • Getting ready for the BBQ at Twelve Oaks, Scarlett begins dressing by pulling on her hoop skirt. She is missing the bustle pillow and she never ties the hoop skirt on. The next scene shows the dress being pulled down over her head, her hair has been fixed slightly different than the previous shot, and all of Scarlett's trappings are securely attached under the dress.
  • When Scarlett and Rhett meet for the first time in the library, there is a globe (or some type of round object) between them. Camera lights are visible in there.
  • During the barbecue at the Wilkes' where she wears a green dress we have not previously seen, Scarlett says to the Tarleton twins, "but I wore this old thing because I thought you liked it." While this could be taken as a reference to an earlier scene (which it was in the novel), she could just as well be referring to a time before the movie started. (In the original script she was seen earlier in the green dress, but the dress was changed to white without changing the line in this scene).
  • When Scarlett flees Atlanta, she is bareheaded. As she and Rhett ride through the depot, she is wearing a black bonnet. In the next scene on the road to Tara, the bonnet disappears.
  • When Scarlett is getting ready for the barbecue at Twelve Oaks, she and Mammy put the green dress over her head and it is untied in the back. The next time we see the back of the dress, it is tied.
  • After Scarlett returns to Tara, Mammy's line, "There's nothing but radishes in the garden," does not match her mouth movement.
  • Bonnie mouths along with Rhett's dialog as he talks to her about going to London.
  • When Scarlett speaks to Frank Kennedy in the hospital, his facial wounds (makeup) do not match, appearing far more pronounced in the closeup than in the longer shot.
  • The credits read "Brent Tarleton.....George Reeves, Stuart Tarleton.....Fred Crane," but that's backwards. David O. Selznick was informed of the error but decided it would be too costly to correct it, as prints had already been struck. It's easy to remember which is which. George Reeves tells Scarlett that she'll dance with both of them: "First Brent, then me, then Brent, then me." So that means Crane played Brent and Reeves played Stuart.
  • In the bazaar scene where Dr. Meade auctions dances with women, it's obvious by his shadow that he's standing in front of a screen.
  • While Melanie is talking to a soldier in the hospital he tells her that he hasn't heard from his brother Jeff since the Battle of Bull Run. That battle was called Bull Run by soldiers of the North. It was called The Battle of Manassas by soldiers of the South.
  • While Scarlett and Cathleen Calvert are ascending the stairs at Twelve Oaks, they discuss Rhett Butler. Right after Cathleen states that Butler is not "received," we catch a brief glimpse of Rhett in the background of the long shot. It is obvious that Clark Gable is not in this long shot. The impostor has a thick mustache, thick hair and is much paler than Gable.
  • When the men are gathered at 12 Oaks arguing about war, Rhett Butler (in a group long shot) flicks his cigar into an ash tray. Immediately after, in a close up, he again reaches over and flicks his cigar ashes.
  • Mammy mistakenly says "John Wilkenson's" instead of "John Wilkes" in her famous line, "I ain't aimin' for you to go to Mr. John Wilkenson's and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog!" The barbecue was held at the home of John Wilkes, not Jonas Wilkerson, the overseer.
  • In the opening shot of Scarlet and the Tarleton Twins on Tara's front porch, the shadow of the boom mike is clearly visible on the pillow of the porch swing behind Scarlet. Watch it rise as the trio stands up.
  • During the opening credits, the matte shot of Atlanta does not match up with the flagpole of the Confederate flag flying over the city. The flagpole sways in the wind and is clearly not attached to the matted part of the flagpole, which remains stationary.
  • Scarlett's coral necklace appears at the barbecue but she isn't wearing it when she hurriedly leaves her bedroom. Also, she never finishes tying the cord on her hoop when Mammy puts her dress on.
  • When they're leaving for Tara, Rhett carries Melanie from her bed with both arms while Scarlett holds a lamp on the other side of the room. In the next shot, a hat appears on Rhett's head despite the fact that no one in the room could have put it on him.
  • After the lists come out about Gettysburg casualties, the band plays "Dixie". The camera settles on the two fife players, and their finger movements do not match the music they're supposed to be playing.
  • When Uncle Peter is chasing the cockerel at Aunt Pitty's, his mouth is not moving although he is heard talking.
  • Near the beginning of the movie, the field hands were tending mature cotton plants in full bloom. As the movie opened in April 1861, the cotton fields would have just been planted with the cotton plants only beginning to emerge from the soil, with no blooms at all.
  • Leslie Howard's British accent can often be heard in Ashley Wilkes' dialogue. In fact, none of the primary cast members whose characters are native Southerners speak their lines with a Southern accent.
  • The beautiful shot pulling back to show the hundreds of Confederate dead with the torn and burnt Confederate flag is incorrect. The flag shown - red background with a blue "X" with stars inside, known as the Dixie Flag - was never officially the Flag of the Confederate States of America. The flag at this time resembled the "Stars and Stripes" with (top to bottom) red, white, red bars and a blue square in the upper left with a circle of thirteen stars - giving it the name "Stars and Bars". While the flag shown in the movie was used as the Naval Jack (on ships) it would never have been flown in the location it was and should have been the "Stars and Bars".
  • In the wide shot showing hundreds of soldiers lying on the ground and waiting for a medic near the hospital, only half of them were actual extras, the other half were just dummies. Many of them can be clearly seen even pretty close to the camera.
  • At the beginning of the film, Scarlett shots the Yankee soldier in the face, which nearly explodes in blood. Then the dead soldier corpse falls down in the stairs and there is not blood on the soldier's face.
  • Rhett tells Scarlet that the war might be settled soon in a little town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg. Gettysburg was an accidental engagement that let to a much bigger battle, but neither army was aiming for an engagement there. The battle did last three days, but given the South's lack of communication with Lee's Army, there is little chance anyone in Georgia, much less a civilian, would know what happened until well after.
  • Although the credits refer to George Reeves as Brent Tarleton, Reeves inexplicably refers to his twin brother, played by Fred Crane, as Brent.
  • Mammy, Pork, and Prissy are standing in front of the big new mansion in Atlanta, and Prissy exclaims about how rich they are now. Prissy never appears in the movie again.

Spoilers

  • When Scarlett goes running after Rhett at the end, she goes into her house and leaves the door open. When Rhett leaves the door is closed, and he has to open it.
  • When Scarlett races out of the Wilkes' house in search of Rhett after Melanie dies, the porch post that she grabs wobbles significantly, betraying the fact that there's nothing above it.
  • When the war is over, everyone at Tara runs to the front hall. We see Melanie run down with empty arms. In the next shot she is holding her baby.
  • When Scarlett arrives at Tara after her mother has died, the door to the room where the mother is laid out is open. When Scarlett turns to go in, the door is closed.
  • Scarlett's collar brooch when in mourning for Bonnie.
  • Scarlett's hairnet when she kills the Yankee intruder.
  • After Scarlett kills the Yankee soldier, Melanie removes her nightgown, intending to use it to clean up the blood. She is supposed to be nude. In the newly remastered version, Melanie is clearly wearing a bra, which didn't exist until early 1900s.
  • Melanie is not pregnant for 21 months - she is pregnant for just over eight months. Some viewers have calculated incorrectly by dating Ashley's Christmas furlough (Beau's conception) to December 1862 instead of 1863. Rhett mentions the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863) in a scene prior to the furlough.
  • The body seen in Bonnie's room after her death is an obvious adult standing in for Bonnie.
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