In San Francisco the prostitutes jump off a wagon full of beer barrels marked 'Pabst Blue Ribbon.' It was called Select until 1882. Due to their practice of tying a blue ribbon around the neck, it was frequently asked for as 'that blue ribbon beer.'
In 1872, the American flag at the Fort Kearney station would've had 37 stars. Colorado became the 38th state in 1877.
Paris' Gare du Nord is blackened by decades of street traffic, Paris chimneys, and steam engines. In 1872, Gare du Nord had just been built.
When the tall ship US Grant arrives in San Francisco, radar installations are on the mast. It's actually a stock shot of the Nippon Maru, a 1950s Japanese training ship.
The Sacre Coeur Basilica is visible when the balloon crosses France. Construction began in 1873.
When the train stops after the Native American raid, the train station sign says "Fort Kearney", and the station manager mentions a local train that will run to Omaha. In 1872, the sign should have read "Kearney Junction." Fort Kearny (correct spelling) was shut down in 1871. A postal error added a second "e" to Kearny, Nebraska, and the spelling has been Kearney ever since.
At the beginning of the film, set in 1872, the Welsh Guards on parade. The Welsh Guards were formed February 26, 1915.
Fogg may have realized traveling east (toward the sun) gained him a day--but this film has him then saying they crossed the "International Date Line". A familiar fact to audiences in 1956, but not to travelers in 1872, since the IDL wasn't established till 1884.
The music in the saloon does not match what the pianist plays.
In an early scene with Passpartout riding his bicycle, someone yells "Get out of the way!" at him, yet neither the cab driver nor the passenger leaning out the window's lips are moving.
When the Native Americans attack the train, Buster Keaton says they must have gotten the engineer and fireman, but they'll get out of the mess because the "calvary" (not cavalry) are ahead.
Passepartout sits at a table in a San Francisco saloon. Someone throws a knife, which lands on the table next to his hand and knocks over a glass of beer. In the next shot, the glass is upright and full of beer.
When the sail-powered rail car passes the train, the baggage car that was on the train earlier is missing.
When the SS Rangoon approaches Bangkok, its hull is white. As the evening progresses, while Phileas Fogg impresses Princess Aouda with tales of his prowess at Whist, the hull is black in brief closeup scenes. A long shot of the Rangoon as it enters Hong Kong harbor reveals a black hull.
During the opening card game at the Reform Club, the number of cards Mr. Fogg holds fluctuates between 4 to 7, and not in descending order from playing.
As the train travels east from San Francisco, the track changes from a dual gauge (a standard and narrow gauge) line to a single gauge track, and back again.
When the American train stops unexpectedly, for the pow-wow with the Indians, and later, when the buffalo are stampeding across the tracks, the locomotive is behind the same cluster of bushes. Incidentally, the railroad would never allow foliage to grow that close to the right-of-way. They would cut it back, to avoid track fires caused by stray embers dropped from the engine.
When Passepartout tries to escape the Sioux on horseback, his horse leaves a trail of dust. The dust pattern changes completely at one point, revealing 2 scenes spliced together. A large rock in the background provides a shadow to fully observe it.
When Inspector Fix and Passepartout are in the bar sitting down and talking, the inspector's left hand is on top of his walking stick, with his right hand on top of his left. A moment later, his hands are reversed.
At the beginning of the movie, when Passepartout is on his way to the employment agency on the high-wheel bicycle, a white horse comes up beside him and even next to him. In the next shot, the horse is gone.
As Fogg and Passepartout race to the Reform Club, it's supposedly nearing 8:45 p.m. in late October, which should make it evening or at least dusk. Yet outdoors it's a sunny, early afternoon, with people casting short shadows on the sidewalks.
The shadow of the camera crane is visible in the street during the San Francisco parade.
Near the end of the movie just after they start cutting up the Henriette for firewood in the middle of the ocean, a long shot shows some type of structure, possibly a camera platform, to the rear of the ship, screen left, sitting in the water.
At the beginning of the movie, in London, carriages drive on the right side and travel roundabouts in a counter-clockwise direction. The UK drives on the left.
As the train travels east across India, Passepartout looks out the window at the setting sun. The sun would have been to the west, at the rear of the train, not north, the direction from the window.
The scenes set in Yokohama, Japan, were shot in Kamakura, west of Yokohama, and Kyoto, far southwest of Yokohama. The film makes Kamakura's Great Buddha look like it's walking distance from Kyoto's Heian Shrine, but they are in separate regions of Japan.
Near the end of the movie, the Henrietta is traveling east to England across the Atlantic, yet the ship heads into the setting sun.
When the Sioux prepare to burn Passepartout at the stake, trees are in the surrounding area. Aside from forts and towns, rural Nebraska had very few trees in 1872.
On her way to Hong Kong, the S.S. Rangoon passes the Royal Palace at Bangkok (Siam/Thailand). However, that would've been impossible. Even in 1872, the Chao Phraya River was much too shallow for ocean-going vessels of S.S. Rangoon's size at that spot. Bangkok's port is situated some 15 kilometers downstream near the river's estuary, where the water is deep enough. Also, the S.S. Rangoon is going the wrong way, passing the palace from left to right, suggesting she comes from upriver and sails towards the estuary, which doesn't make sense either..
As Phileas Fogg and Passepartout arrive in India aboard the Mongolia, several traditional fishing boats are seen pulling into port. One of those boats is clearly flying the flag of Pakistan, not India.
As Fogg and Passepartout prepare to leave Paris in the balloon, the basket is on the ground and a rope extends about eight feet to the side of the basket, where it is tied to a pile of sandbags to keep it down. When Passepartout unties the rope the balloon begins to rise. If the rope had actually been holding the balloon down, it would have be vertical and taut because the balloon would be above it.
The locomotive used for the American train sequence is named the Jupiter, one of the locomotives at the Golden Spike ceremony. However it's a 2-8-2 freight engine with small drive wheels. The real Jupiter was a 4-4-0 passenger locomotive with large drivers. The locomotive in the movie is powerful but slow, and would never have been used to pull a passenger train on the prairie.
As Passpartout and Fogg's balloon flies over the mountains, a pigeon flutters by. Pigeons do not fly that high.
When Fogg and Passepartout cross the mountains in the balloon at high altitude, both are wearing light clothing and no gloves when opening the champagne. The air temperature around them would have been freezing, yet they show no signs of being cold.
At the unstable bridge, the engineer backs up the train to cross it at 30 mph. He doesn't back up far enough to accelerate to that speed.
When the RMS Mongolia leave Suez, sailors are climbing up the masts of a high tall ship. When the Mongolia is shown, it's a low rigged steamship.
When Passepartout is attacked by Indians on top of the train, the rubber arrows bounce off of him.
When Princess Aouda, Fogg, and Passepartout travel in the balloon, the streamers at the bottom of the basket flutter behind them. A balloon moves with the wind, so streamers tend to hang straight down or flutter randomly in the turbulence.
In all close-up scenes with the gas balloon the basket ropes are tight from the load ring and down, but from the load ring and up to the balloon they are slack. Had it been a real flying gas balloon, all the ropes and the net above the load ring would have been very tight during flight, since they are carrying the weight of the basket and everything in it. The lifting force, a stage crane, is erroneously placed in the center through the appending gas valve. If the sandbags on the basket actually contained sand, they would not have bounced around so lightly.
In the saloon, when the cigar salesman takes a swing at Fogg, he misses Fogg and Fix, yet Fix reels anyway.
When Fogg finds Passepartout at the circus in Yokohama, Passepartout races to him, and the human pyramid collapses. The top man of the pyramid grabs the canvas background, pulling it down, revealing the back of the stage and lighting. That type of stage support structure was not used in Japan at that time, and the overhead lights are modern lamps that were not available in 1872.
At Lloyd's of London, Scotland Yard's Inspector Hunter explains that Fogg robbed the Bank of England and says Fogg and his party took the SS Henrietta, bound for Caracas, Venezuela. After confirming that Fogg has bolted, he says the Henrietta is going to Central America. Caracas is not a seaport, and Venezuela is in South America.