Duck Soup

Duck Soup (1933)

8 continuity mistakes

Continuity mistake: In the gala scene, Zeppo explains that Groucho is always on time and will arrive at exactly ten o'clock. Everyone starts singing the first big musical number, "When the Clock on the Wall Strikes Ten." There is even a shot of a clock set to ten. In the middle of the song, the clock strikes... six.

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Continuity mistake: At the gala scene at the beginning Groucho slides down wearing a black tuxedo. Not long afterwards he is suddenly wearing a gray suit jacket, and after his musical number it changes back to the black tuxedo.

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Continuity mistake: Harpo squirts the lemonade seller with lemonade, but seconds later his shirt is completely dry.

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Continuity mistake: During the first music number, Groucho stands between two guards with his hands at his sides. The shot backs up and Groucho's arms are linked with the guards'. Then, there is a close-up of the three and Groucho's arms are back at his sides.

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Continuity mistake: Harpo Marx (made up like Groucho), breaks a huge mirror, with glass shards falling everywhere. This sets up the sequence where Harpo pretends to be Groucho's mirror image. The shards of glass have magically disappeared from the floor. The brothers are both in stocking feet-so their feet would have been cut up. It also would have been very noisy with the glass still on the floor. It's also interesting to note that the huge mirror has a room behind it - was it hanging in mid air?

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Continuity mistake: During the sequence with Chico, Harpo and Edgar Kennedy by the lemonade stall, the cord that is hanging from the back of Kennedy's derby keeps disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Harpo puts Edgar Kennedy's straw hat in the fire, the hat changes position from one shot to another.

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Continuity mistake: During the "Pop Goes the Weasel" dance number, Groucho's flute turns into a banner with a brass pole, which then disappears and is replaced by his trademark cigar. When he dances to a spot between the two uniformed "officers" for the finale, the cigar also disappears.

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