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Of course, few films are technically perfect, and the Rogers-Astaire musicals have their fair share of production goofs which I've decided to list here just for fun.  Most are "continuity" problems, but if anyone else notices any minor mess-ups in the films that they'd like to contribute to this page, just let me know.

TOP HAT (1935):

In the scene during which Dale and Jerry first meet, when he wakes her up dancing in the hotel, she comes upstairs and admonishes him, dressed in her nightrobe and carrying its train.  As she's getting ready to leave, he tells her, "I think you're very unkind to make fun of me," to which she replies sarcastically, "Oh, I'm sorry," and throws her train behind her as she turns to go.  The shot then switches to the opposite angle, showing her coming out the door with her train suddenly back in her hand.  She drops it again a moment later as she prepares to head down the stairs.

SWING TIME (1936):

While out in the snowy woods together (the "A Fine Romance" scene), Lucky and Penny take a seat on a bench under a tree.  Penny has her handbag and Lucky is smoking a pipe.  When they enter the old gazebo, Lucky puts the lighted pipe in his pocket, yet it burns neither him nor his coat.

CAREFREE (1938):

Tony hypnotizes Amanda and convinces her that he should be shot down like a dog.  A few minutes later while he's psychoanalyzing himself, she escapes from his office before he has a chance to undo what he told her.  When he figures out that she's left the office on her way to the skeet shoot at the Medford Country Club, he hops in a taxi and, with a "Follow that cab!," pursues her.  He didn't have a hat when he got in the taxi, but a few minutes later when he arrives at the country club, he jumps out hat in hand.

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