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A Christmas Carol (1938) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Young Scrooge and Dick Wilkins talk to each other while closing up Fezziwig's warehouse, yet their lips do not move.
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Character error 

When Scrooge is eating in the tavern on Christmas Eve, he is reading a book with the spine label "Bankers Book". Charles Dickens' depiction of this book is that it is Scrooge's property, possibly a ledger. Yet in the film, Scrooge stands, pays the innkeeper for the meal, and leaves - leaving the book behind him on the table.
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Scrooge after originally firing Bob for ruining his hat tells the latter he owes him a shilling as the hat was 16 shillings and six pence. Scrooge being the miser he is could had still taken back the wages he payed Bob which was 15 shillings. So mathematically Scrooge could had saved another 15 shillings if he did just that.
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Continuity 

When Bob enters the house with all the shopping for Christmas dinner, he pushes the door closed with his left foot, but the door bounces back open. In the next shot, the door is closed.
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On Christmas morning after Scrooge gets out of bed, he temporarily removes his robe, but then puts it back on, unfastened. He then goes to the window and opens it, yelling down to a boy in the street. As he leans out the window, the robe is suddenly fastened with two buttons near his waist.
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After Bob is fired by Scrooge for throwing the snowball at him, he sadly walks behind the man with a goose; at different shots he has his scarf nesting right on his shoulder joint, and then hanging freely in front of him, and then back on his shoulder.
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While Mrs. Cratchit is carving the goose, Tiny Tim has a napkin tucked in. However, in the next shot, The napkin isn't tucked in and Tim starts doing it.
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Factual errors 

At school, Young Ebenezer mistakenly calls his sister Fran. Her real first name is Fan.
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The voice-over at the beginning of the film announces that this story takes place over a hundred years ago. Dickens wrote and published the novel in 1843, which is less than a hundred years from 1938.
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Miscellaneous 

Even though Bob, Tiny Tim and the rest of the family are poor like in the novel they seem well off. For example they wear fancy clothing during Christmas dinner in the Present sequence and their home is middle class. Considering how Bob only got payed 15 shillings a week it is a wonder how they live so well.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Ghost of Christmas Past and Scrooge are flying through the air, the wires holding them up can be seen.
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