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  • The block of ice changes shape before and while Sugar chops at it.
  • Junior identifies himself to Sugar as heir to the Shell Oil Company, but this group's first U.S. distributorship opened in December 1929 in North Carolina, after the movie takes place.
  • When Joe and Jerry arrive at Poliakoff's building, Joe's hair is wind-blown with snow in it, and he has stubble on his face. But, when they are in the building, Joe's hair is combed with no snow in it and he's clean-shaven.
  • During Sugar and Joe's scene on the beach, a group of beach chairs appears and disappears behind them.
  • When Osgood puts Daphne's shoe on, the luggage on the sidewalk behind him is in a straight line. When we cut back to Osgood, the luggage is no longer in a straight line, and other luggage is stacked on top of it.
  • When Sugar and Junior are talking on the telephone, Sugar's eyes are clearly following lines on a cue-card.
  • The only information Joe has about Osgood's yacht is her name, so how does he know what The New Caledonia looks like, and where she and her motor launch are?
  • One of the goons searching for Joe and Jerry assures the other goons that his men have the airports covered. Miami had just one airport at that time, Pan American Field, which consisted of a single hangar and served just one route, Miami-Havana.
  • As Daphne dumps her things onto Osgood, his hand is grasping the top of Josephine's saxophone case, the neck of Sugar's ukulele case is pointed away from him while Daphne's purse is stuck between him and Josephine's case. But, when they enter the lobby, Osgood's arm is now under Josephine's case, the neck of Sugar's case is pointed toward him, and Daphne's purse is between Josephine's case and Sugar's case.
  • When Sugar leaves the hotel to meet Joe on the boat the pavement is wet from the rain. When Joe cycles away from the hotel a few minutes later the roads are dry.
  • After Sugar performs "I Wanna Be Loved by You," we see her back is bare as she turns away from us. When she boards Junior's boat, there is now a transparent strap across her back joining her dress. When she enters the salon moments later, the strap is gone.
  • The holes in the jacket of Jerry's bass do not correspond to the bullet holes in the bass.
  • Mulligan asks for another table not so close to the band and refers to the reserved table. However, we can see in the next shot that the reserved table is right next to the stage and therefore just as close to the band as he is.
  • During the opening chase, the police zip by a Chevron gas station. Chevron was known as Standard Oil in 1929.
  • While she chops at the ice, Sugar straightens up when she tells Josephine about her weakness for saxophone players. When we cut over her shoulder to see Josephine's reaction, Sugar straightens up again.
  • At the speakeasy, a lady at a table to Mulligan's left gets up and begins to walk in front of the chorus girls just as we cut to Spats entering. The lady should be now seen in front of Spats, but isn't.
  • When we first see Sugar, we notice the seams of her stockings run a straight line up the middle of her calves. But, when she asks Daphne and Josephine a few minutes later if her seams are straight, they are no longer in a straight line nor up the middle of her calves.
  • Poliakoff's cigarette is one-quarter burned when Sweet Sue and Beinstock leave his office. Moments after Joe and Jerry enter his office, Poliakoff's cigarette is almost down to the stub. When Joe and Jerry are about to leave, Poliakoff's cigarette is half-burned.
  • Florida beaches do not have high cliffs. Also, there is a scene where Sugar Kane is sitting on the beach, facing the ocean. She says that the time is 4:00 pm. However, her shadow is clearly being cast behind her. On Miami beaches, this is not possible. Since all of Miami's beaches face east, one's shadow is only cast away from the ocean before noon. On Miami beaches at 4pm, your shadow would lie on the ground in front of you, towards the ocean.
  • As Joe and Jerry race into the banquet hall, Joe accidentally slides into Little Bonaparte's table, knocking it off-line. When we next see Little Bonaparte's table, it's straight again.
  • When the patrol car chasing the hearse is spun around, two cops are holding onto its right side. When it comes to a stop, one of the cops is in the back seat getting out.
  • Spats has a henchmen button his spats before they go to the banquet hall. But, as Joe and Jerry are hiding under Spats's table in the banquet hall, Spats's right shoe is clearly not buttoned.
  • The trumpet solo during "I Wanna Be Loved by You" is heard even though the trumpet player behind Daphne and Josephine is not playing her instrument. At one point in the same song, Daphne plays the bass, but the bass isn't heard.
  • During the chase, the lid of the coffin is leaking fluid from bullet holes which would indicate that the coffin is very full. When the lid is raised, no liquid pours out and only broken bottles are seen.
  • Joe and Jerry face each other as they dive under Spat's table at the banquet hall. But when we cut to them actually getting under the table, they're side by side instead of facing each other.
  • After the back window of the hearse is shot by the police, the two thugs knock out the rest of the window with their guns to shoot back, leaving pieces of glass on the bottom frame. But, the next time we see the hearse, the pieces of glass are gone. When the hearse arrives at the funeral parlor, the pieces of glass are back on the bottom frame.
  • During "I'm Thru With Love," a bass is heard even though Daphne is absent.
  • When Spats's men are searched for weapons at the Hotel, the man doing the pat-down can be seen placing the gun behind the gangster's leg, just before it is supposed to drop out of his pants leg.
  • At night, on the train, Sugar gets the curtains stuck between the ladder and the side of the berth. In the next shot she opens the curtains while on the ladder and without moving it.
  • When the casket containing bootleg whiskey is shown in the hearse, it has two handles on the side. When it is shown being carried into the mortuary, it has three handles on the side.
  • When Spats and his crew go to their table at the speakeasy, the henchman played by Harry Wilson sits at the table directly across from Spats. When Det. Mulligan goes to the table to confront Spats minutes later, Wilson is sitting to the right of Spats.
  • In the opening, four hoodlums are riding in the hearse and they hear a police siren behind them. Two of them look out the back window and it is apparent that there is no glass in the window. A second later a bullet smashes the window and, when they look out again, the window is not only broken, but very dirty.
  • Set in 1929, yet features the 1930s songs "I'm Thru With Love" and "Stairway to the Stars".
  • Jerry complains that the gig in Urbana that Poliakoff offers them is 100 miles away. Urbana is actually 150 miles south of Chicago.
  • Jerry fits into the much-smaller Bellhop's uniform.
  • How did Joe know that Beinstock had packed the type of clothing that would allow him to pass himself off as a millionaire? And why would the much shorter Beinstock have Joe's size?
  • It is supposed to be night when Joe slips out of the hotel, but a daytime sky is visible.
  • Early in the movie, Joe talks about the Brooklyn Dodgers, a name not officially used until 1932. From 1914 to 1931 the Brooklyn baseball team was the Robins, not the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers had been an unofficial nickname since 1895, and the World Series program from 1920 even referred to them as the Dodgers instead of the Robins.
  • At the rehearsal and at the bandstand, Daphne's and the Sweet Sues' playing too often does not correspond to the notes of the music.
  • The sun and the shadows on the sand change while the musicians and Junior are on the beach together.
  • Joe as Junior leaves the hotel by stepping out his window, then walking to his left on the terrace to climb down a pole. When he returns, he climbs over the terrace railing into the window instead of walking on the terrace (after, presumably, climbing up the pole).
  • In the speakeasy as Mulligan packs his cigar, the top of someone's head is in the bottom of the screen. However, when he first sat down at the table, there was no place for anyone to be sitting as he is right next to the stage.
  • At the speakeasy, Joe and Jerry continue to talk instead of resuming play with the rest of the band after the banjo solo ends.
  • Osgood says that his yacht is named "New Caledonia" but the life rings and motor launch say "Caledonia II."
  • Osgood tells Daphne that his mother sent him to Florida when the yearly "George White Scandals" opened. The film is set in February; the "Scandals" never opened earlier than June, and the 1929 revue opened in September.
  • Although rim brakes (those on Junior's bicycle) have been in use since the 1890s, the vast majority of early 20th century American bicycles used coaster brakes. In real life, Junior would have been hard-pressed to find a bike with rim brakes.
  • At the end of the tango, the band members yell "Olé", except for the trumpeter, who still has his trumpet up to his lips.
  • Little Bonaparte orders a hit at a hotel, a public venue, where both he and the intended targets are registered guests.
  • Joe promises Jerry that he will return Osgood's flowers the day after he gave them to Sugar. Yet when Junior later calls Sugar, the flowers are still in her room.
  • When Junior asks Sugar where she learned how to kiss, she replied that she sold kisses for The Milk Fund. The story takes place in 1929; The Milk Fund was founded in 1932.
  • The depiction of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre is deliberately inaccurate, to spoof Scarface (1932) and other classic gang movies which sensationalized and fictionalized real people (including Al Capone) and events. It's a comedy, not a documentary. To be specific, the shooting took place at mid-morning, not at night. The hitmen did not drive into the garage as shown; they parked outside. They drove a Cadillac, not a Duesenberg Model J as in the movie, and two of the four actual killers were dressed as policemen.
  • As Sugar sings "I Wanna Be Loved By You" there's an extended shot of her with the drummer, a bit out-of-focus in the rear, and the drummer is clearly "missing" the drum and cymbal by a wide margin with her brushes.
  • From his vantage in the lobby, Mulligan could not have witnessed Spats and his crew getting patted down, as they were in a walk-in closet behind a folded screen.
  • As Daphne and Osgood are going into the hotel, when the camera is outside the hotel Daphne is holding her right wrist up and moving her left arm forwards and backwards. When the camera is inside the hotel, her left wrist is elevated (not as high as the right wrist was) and her right arm is moving.
  • The Syncopators arrive in Florida and promptly check into the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California, a famous, unique, and easily recognizable Victorian structure.
  • The band boards the train "Florida Limited" in Chicago. The Florida Limited was a companion to the Florida Special and both departed from Pennsylvania Station in New York. It never went near Chicago.
  • When the bus carrying the band approaches the hotel, there is nobody on the bus but in the next shot, the band exits from the rear door. If people had been on the bus, they would have been easily visible from the side views.
  • When Sugar first meets Junior on the beach after tripping over his leg, the ball in background wobbles repeatedly while lying in the sand as if weighted, and looks completely different to the one she picks up after and throws back.
  • The bullet holes on the coffin lid during the chase are on different locations then the ones seen when the coffin is taken out of the car.
  • As the police chase the hearse, they pass a "Standard" gas station with the Chevron emblem. The Chevron emblem was used by Standard Oil of California only in the West. In Chicago, Standard stations carried the Torch and Oval emblem of Standard Oil of Indiana.
  • The PA announcement at the Chicago train station lists the "Florida Limited" making its first stop in Washington and then stops down the East Coast. Trains from Chicago to Florida were routed through Nashville and other mid-South cities.
  • Jerry mimics the title character from Little Caesar (1931) in 1929.
  • When Junior and Sugar return to shore after their night on the Caledonia, he does not tie up the launch to the dock. When Osgood returns to the launch seconds later, he makes no effort to untie it from the dock before he speeds off. He should have noticed that the launch has not been tied up. If the launch truly had not been tied up to the dock, it would have long drifted out into the open water.
  • In Sugar Kane's introductory scene (the platform of the Chicago railroad station), her hairstyle, featuring spit curls, is at least a nod in the direction of the 1920s. The next time we see her (on the train, supposedly the same afternoon or evening of departure), her hairstyle is pure late 1950s.
  • Osgood makes a ship-to-shore phone call using a Hallicrafters Model S-20R which came out in 1939. Also this radio is only a receiver and not a two-way radio.
  • The pavement Sugar runs on from the hotel on her way to their pier is wet, but the pavement Junior rides his bicycle on from the hotel on his way to their pier is dry.
  • Joe slips a card into the spray of flowers Osgood has delivered to the stage for Daphne to pass the flowers off as a gift from Junior to Sugar. How did Joe know Osgood would send Daphne flowers?
  • The card Sugar reads that Joe slipped into the spray of flowers Osgood had delivered to the stage for Daphne, tells her that Junior will meet her at the pier after the show. How does Joe know about the pier? And how do he and Sugar know where the pier is?
  • In the funeral-parlor-speakeasy scene, when Joe and Jerry stop playing and make their plans, the bass fiddle part appears to stop on the musical soundtrack as well, but when Jerry begins to hastily pack up his instrument to leave, the bass line can clearly be heard playing again on the songs soundtrack.
  • As Sweet Sue addresses the ballroom audience, we hears strings only, yet the brass section behind her is playing.
  • Osgood mentions a full moon twice, but there is no sign of a full moon in the relevant night-time scenes.
  • It is supposed to be 1:00 AM when the Sweet Sues finish playing, yet clouds can be seen behind Sugar and Junior as each are shown hurrying to the pier. What's more, the cloud formations are different.
  • As the band members are organizing the party in Daphne's berth, the girl bringing the cheese and crackers is holding a jar of Cheez Whiz. The film is set in 1929, and Cheez Whiz was not introduced to the market until 1952 at the earliest.
  • Joe fits into the shorter and stockier Beinstock's clothes perfectly.
  • Obvious male stunt double for Sugar riding the bicycle down the stairs of the pier.
  • When Sugar tells Daphne that Josephine predicted Sugar would meet a millionaire, Daphne says: "That's one for Ripley", a reference to Robert L. Ripley's "Believe It Or Not". At the time the story takes place (1929), "Believe It Or Not" was published by the New York Evening Post only, and was not picked up for syndication until 1931.
  • At the end of the film (when Osgood is driving Joe, Jerry, and Sugar in his motor launch to his yacht) the distance between the pier and the yacht is disproportionately farther to the actual distance between the pier and the yacht.
  • Sweet Sue says "The bass fiddle gets herself pregnant." Now THAT'S a neat trick.
  • Osgood reaches Daphne by telephone even though he knows neither her name nor her room number.
  • When Spats enters the Seminole, the hotel's name at the floor is readable from the lobby instead from the outside. The lettering should face towards the entrance, not the exit.
  • The bullets that fall out of Spats' gangster's pants are too large to fit his handgun. He has an automatic and the bullets are for a revolver.

Spoilers

  • How did Sugar know that Joe went to the pier after he was chased out of the ballroom by Little Bonaparte's goons?
  • Little Bonaparte's goons should still be chasing Joe and Jerry, but the goons are nowhere in sight when Joe and Jerry meet up with Osgood at the pier.
  • Running for their lives from the hotel to the pier while being chased by Little Bonaparte's goons, Joe and Jerry should be exhausted when they meet up with Osgood, yet neither is so much as winded; Joe even leaps into the back of Osgood's motor launch.
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