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Goofs from White Christmas

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  • The railroad station and passenger cars are said to be in Vermont when in fact they are Southern Pacific Standard Design Station and SP Harriman coaches never used outside of SP service territory.
  • The Columbia Inn Station Wagon that picks them up at the train station has a black and yellow California license plate when they are suppose to be in Vermont.
  • Right before the "Snow!" number on the train, the menu in the background is lying on its side. At the start of the musical number, all four singers simultaneously look at the menu, which has now righted itself with no apparent help from them.
  • While Phil and Bob are lip-syncing the song "Sisters" (allowing Judy and Betty time to escape out the window), there is a phrase at the end that Bob messes up on. "Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister; and Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man!" Bob messes up on the last phrase and says "Lord help the mister" instead of "Lord help the sister". It's very obvious that Phil catches the mistake.
  • At the Inn when Judy is trying to convince Phil they should pretend to be engaged she has him cornered on the couch and we hear him say the words 'I feel the same way about my cocker spaniel.' His mouth says something else.
  • Waverly comes to the stairs in the final scene and the women have stopped short of the stairs. The camera moves to the wide shot and comes back to the general and the women are stepping back again.
  • While the quartet is singing "Snow" on the train to Vermont, shadows of the crew and camera can be seen on the table's edge as the camera pulls back.
  • When Bob and Phil sit down in the club car, Bob puts a suitcase down beside the table. When he gets up to tell the Haynes sisters off, the suitcase is not there.
  • When Bob is singing White Christmas during the war scene, he has his hands on his belt and his index fingers keep changing positions between shots.
  • In the hospital, Wallace is almost to the door when Davis calls him back. Wallace sits down on the end of the cot, but in the next shot, he is seated beside Davis on the side of the bed.
  • The firewood that Susan carries into the inn after the Haynes Sisters and Wallace & Davis arrive has one piece of wood sticking out at the bottom, but is gone seconds later.
  • The Haynes sisters go to bed in a drawing room, but wake up in berths. (Since two separate trains are shown, this may have been done to suggest a change of trains - however, none is mentioned, and the "A" drawing room door behind which the girls were seen at the start of the trip is directly behind Phil and Judy as they watch Bob help Betty out of her berth.)
  • Before the "Count Your Blessings" song, Wallace is holding a sandwich up in one of his hands, but in the next shot, he's no longer holding the sandwich, and both of his hands are flat on the table.
  • When Davis and Novello are talking about the sheriff, Davis suggests that Novello continue keeping the sheriff busy and then pushes Novello through the door and follows him through the door. However, when the camera follows Davis through the door, Novello is nowhere to be seen.
  • The train that transports The Haynes Sisters and Wallace and Davis from Florida to Vermont is shown as being of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in one sequence, and of the Southern Pacific Railroad in another. Neither railway ran on the east coast of the U.S.
  • The enormous chorus of singers and dancers in the musical numbers, not to mention the army of technicians and musicians required to put on the "little show" at the General's inn, are nowhere evident in the story scenes. It would obviously take an immensely larger accommodation than the inn to house them, anyway.
  • Early in the film there is a scene from the control room for the Wallace and Davis radio show. An engineer is seen sitting in front of the audio mixing console, but the VU meters that would show the level of the audio being sent out are not moving.
  • During the "Mandy" number, Betty is seen at the top of the production number set then seconds later on the stage with the rest of the performers near the end of the number.
  • At the start of his surprise party, General Waverly blows out the candles on the cake at his table. At the very end of the movie the candles are lit again.
  • In the opening when Bob Wallace is singing 'White Christmas' the snare drum is visible but keeps disappearing and reappearing as the song continues.
  • A full orchestra can be seen in the orchestra pit at the beginning of the dress rehearsal for "The Minstrel Show" number. When the number is over, the orchestra has disappeared, even though they were playing just moments before.
  • During the song "Snow" on the train, a close-up of Danny Kaye shows his lips moving but the voice coming out is definitely Bing Crosby's. This happens a couple of times during the song.
  • There are several "goofs which aren't" during the "Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army" song. Betty and Judy have pants on. When the hometown character set flips up their pant legs are rolled up. Some people consider it a goof that you never see them roll the pant legs up, but Betty and Judy have just been offstage for a few minutes, and come back onstage with their pants rolled up. Bob and Phil are seen to produce hats "out of nowhere" to match their hometown characters - if the hats had been kept anywhere on their persons during the number up to that point, they would have made obvious bulges in their costumes. But again, Betty and Judy just came back onstage, obviously carrying their own hats, and the four characters circle for a few seconds before the cutouts come up. The girls could have passed over the new hats then.
  • When Bob Wallace remembered he had picked up a letter for General Waverly, he says that the letter was from the War Department. The movie was released in 1954 and the War Department had been changed to the Defense Department in 1947. However, Captain Davis never served in the military under the Defense Department (having been mustered out by 1947), and would naturally call it by the name he knew. Furthermore, the seal of the Department of the Army, which would have been on the letterhead, has continued to retain the original "War Department" wording on it since 1947.
  • When the General blows out the candles on his cake, the ones on the far side of the cake blow out obviously from another direction, and almost before he blows out the ones nearest him. He wouldn't have had enough air to blow them all out at once from where he stood, due to the size of the cake.
  • Betty has the same male dancers at the nightclub as at the resort.
  • During the "Minstrel Show" number, the words go: "Oh, Mister Bones! That's terrible!... Ah, ha!... Yes, Mister Bones, that's terrible!... Oh, ho!" Watch Phil. He flubs the lip-sync and mixes up the "Oh, ho!" and the "Ah, ha!" Apparently, Bob and Betty noticed because, for a few seconds, it looks like they're trying not to laugh. But the pre-recorded soundtrack covers up any giggles that might have been happening.
  • A distinctive red bass drum used in the opening wartime scene at Monte Cassino as Captain Wallace performs White Christmas is conspicuously visible again just outside the dressing room of the Haynes Sisters at Novello's back in the USA several years later.
  • During "The Best Things" dance number, at the end of the number, on the very last twirl around a kneeling Phil before she falls into his arms, Judy trips over Phil's outstretched left foot. She recovers so smoothly that it is very difficult to catch.
  • Early in the movie when Bob and Phil go to The Florida Theater, they tell Novello they are there to see The Haynes Sisters. Novello then goes to the girls' dressing room and tells them that Bob and Phil are there to see their act because the girls' brother had sent them a letter, but Bob and Phil hadn't told Novello that.
  • Near the end of the movie, Emma, Judy and Betty dash out of the far side of the entryway, supposedly to get to the backstage, in the opposite direction. By the size of the 'inn' (set) it would have taken them several minutes to get there, yet Emma - within one minute - is calmly standing just inside the barn to welcome the General to his surprise.
  • When Wallace and Davis are meeting the General at his Inn for the first time. Phil Davis is wearing a scarf around his neck that changes from across his chest to the right side of his chest and back again.
  • In the first dressing room scene, Judy is pouring coffee for herself and Betty and clearly puts down the coffeepot. When the scene cuts, she is still holding the coffeepot.
  • The boys appear to watch the Haynes sisters act from a seat next to the stage, but they are nowhere to be seen in the wide shots of the night club.
  • When the girls come back onstage during the "Back in the Army" song, their pants are at normal ankle length, yet a moment later when the cut-outs are raised in front of them their pants are already rolled up.
  • When Wallace and Davis leave the dressing room after doing the "sisters" number, they leave the feathers they were holding. However, when the girls sing for the first time at the Inn, they have them again.
  • The General blows out the candles on his cake after the surprise by Wallace & Davis. At the end of the movie during the song "White Christmas" as they pan back to the General's table all of the candles are lit again.
  • Near the end of the "Minstrel" number, there is a close up of Bob, Betty and Phil shaking their tambourines on stage but in the next shot when it shows the full stage, they are no where to be seen.
  • When Judy and Phil finish their dance in Florida they are close to the water. When Bob and Betty come to get them, they are obviously much closer to the nightclub.
  • When the General goes to check out the report of snowfall, Emma pushes Susan Waverly back into her seat as the General leaves. When the General opens the inn doors, they are standing behind him.
  • On the train leaving Miami, the women are in a private compartment, behind a door with an "A" on it. On arriving in Vermont, they are in bunks behind a curtain, next to the "A" compartment. While it's likely they would have changed trains in New York, it would not have been an overnight train from New York to Vermont.
  • When the general gets up upon being whispered to that it's snowing, his granddaughter gets up to go with him. The housekeeper though restrains her and she sits down. But when the general arrives at the front door of the inn to see the snow, both ladies are right behind him.
  • Where is the entire cast and crew of a Broadway show plus a couple hundred ex-servicemen and their wives/dates going to stay? The inn can't possibly hold that many.
  • In Florida, the sign says "Foolin' Around" has been on Broadway for two years. But when the show opens in Vermont, the sign says "Their New Hit: Foolin' Around".
  • Each addition of the Variety newspaper announcing the latest news about Wallace and Davis bears the same issue number: Vol. 42, No 196.
  • During the "Snow" number, the spoon between Bob and Betty changes from face down to face up, back and forth throughout the scene. At the end of the song the spoon is suddenly on the saucer, which has moved.
  • Betty is watching Bob on the television during The Ed Harrison Show. When the camera angle is reversed and pushing in on her, one man seated near her changes seats and another one leans way off camera so they won't be in her closeup shot.
  • In the club when Phil and Judy are slow dancing, they dance through a side door to the right of the club, which is open. In the next shot, the door they just danced through is closed.
  • Following their act, Bob and Phil are changing clothes. Bob puts on a shirt and doesn't button it and then puts on his pants. He sits down. Shortly, one button is shown buttoned then not buttoned.
  • Before the Wallace and Davis show invades the colonel's inn the stage at the back of the dining hall is just large enough to hold the 5-piece combo performing the night they arrive, with virtually no wing or fly space anywhere. By the time they start rehearsals the stage is 3 times higher and deeper, holding numerous massive sets, props, lights, and a full length orchestra pit.
  • After Wallace pours the milk before the "Counting Your Blessings" song, he places the pitcher back on the counter and picks the glass up. In the next shot, he places the pitcher on the counter and picks the glass up a second time.
  • On the wall at Novello's is a blackboard on which is written an orchestra rehearsal call. Later on Bill and Bob's musical rehearsal calls board at the Pine Tree Inn in Vermont is clearly visible and obviously written in the same handwriting.
  • While the Haynes sisters are in their dressing room discussing why Wallace and Davis came to see their act, Judy pours two cups of coffee and puts down the pot, but in the close up immediately following she is still holding the coffee pot.
  • When the girls left Florida they left many of their items at the club including the music, costumes and feather fans from their act. Phil told them they would get it to them but he and Bob also leave in a hurry and can be seen leaving the fans behind but when the girls perform the song 'Sisters' for the General in Vermont the same day they arrive, they have the fans, music and costumes.
  • In the backstage/ dressing room area of Novello's there is one sign that says "Positively No Smoking" and down the hall there is another sign that says "Please keep cigarette butts and ashes off floor".
  • While preparing to go on stage for the "Sisters" routine, Betty and Judy mention their brother is currently "out of the country, working in Alaska." Technically "out of the country" is incorrect. Although Alaska would not be admitted as a state until 1959, it was a U.S. territory In 1954, and therefore anyone working there was considered to be "in the U.S.A."
  • At the beginning of the song "I wish I was back in the Army", as Kaye and Crosby move forward and arrive at the top of the stairs, Crosby can be seen nearly falling off the top step. Kaye pulls him back from falling while they continue singing and Crosby gives Kaye a look.
  • When Emma is telling Betty about how the general will feel about being on television, the lower button on Emma's shirt is unbuttoned. In the next shot as she walks behind the counter and turns around, the button on the shirt is buttoned.
  • When the veterans reunite for the general's surprise, Bob refers to the opening scene when they were in "Montecatino", and the DVD subtitles reproduce this error. The actual WWII location was Monte Cassino, Italy.
  • Although Betty and Judy had been offered a job at the Carousel Club that Betty eventually accepts, she arrives in New York, presumably signs a contract, is fitted for a gown, rehearses music and choreography for at least two numbers (she asks the bandleader if they could make a last-minute change to a different song), has had publicity shots taken for the club's entrance, and becomes the club's star act all in one day. This is evident because Judy reads Betty's farewell letter in the morning, tells Bob, and Bob meets up with Betty at the club that evening.
  • When the General goes outside to see it's snowing all the guests' cars are gone.
  • Bob drops a copy of the handbill on the floor, it then appears in his jacket pocket.
  • As General Waverly starts to walk down the stairs there is a uniformed soldier standing at the bottom of the stairs facing the camera. Directly behind him is a tall woman in a dark blue dress with long earrings and a little girl in a blue and white polka dot dress. In the very next shot as the soldier is escorting the general to his table the tall woman is now standing over by the railing and the little girl has disappeared completely.
  • Davis introduces himself to the general as "Private First Class Davis" (E-3), but he's wearing the rank of a private (E-2) on his sleeve.
  • The dancer played in the Mandy number so recognizably by George Chakiris also appears as a featured dancer in Betty Haynes' show at The Carousal Club. The dancer would have had to break his contract with Wallace and Davis, accompanied Betty to New York, and once there be left stranded when she ditched that gig to return to Vermont.
  • When Gen. Waverly is going up the line shaking hands after speaking to the audience at the inn, one of the veterans in the line extends his to shake his hand, but Waverly passes him by. The veteran tries to cover the error by pretending to adjust his hat.
  • The General's awards appear to be out of order. He wears a Legion of Merit in the same top row of his awards as he does a Silver Star. However, the Silver Star has a higher standing than the Legion of Merit, and the awards should be reversed, ie, with the Silver Star closer to his heart.
  • After Bob finished speaking to Ed Harrison on the telephone about coming up to the NYC, Betty walks into the room to speak to Emma. While the two are speaking you can see that the bottom button on Emma's blouse is undone. After she walks behind the counter the button is secured.
  • When Clooney confronts Vera-Ellen in the dressing room, about the bogus letter that Vera sent, falsely using their brother's name, Clooney says that the brother got a job in Alaska. She goes on to say that "he has been out of the country for three months". Alaska has been part of the USA since it was purchased, March 30, 1867. A check for $7,200,000.00 was issued on August 1, 1868 and made payable to Edouard de Stoeckl, the Russian Minister to the United States. Alaska has been part of the USA ever since, and was admitted to the union as the 49th state, Jan 3,1959. "Freckle face" was not out of the country at all.
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