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The Sons of Katie Elder

Continuity mistake: At the start when Mary gets off the buckboard she has a food basket with a couple of things but no cloth/bread, but upon entering the house the basket has a red and white check cloth and bread sticking out.

Factual error: As John Wayne walks back into the house after Martha Hyer drives away, the curtains on the window are seen to be flour sacks with "Gold Medal Enriched Flour" printed on them."Enriched Flour" was not created until the 1940's.

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Continuity mistake: When the Elders are at the ranch waiting for John to show up, Tom and Bud are talking and Tom has a deck of cards in his hands. When he is talking to Bud you can see that the top card is the 10 of hearts. The shot goes to Bud and when it comes back right away to Tom the top card is now the 3 of hearts.

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Continuity mistake: When the Elder brothers decide to go see their old ranch and ride out of town, Tom has a noticeably scruffy beard. When they get to the ranch and have a run-in with the deputy, he's clean shaven. They ride back into town with the deputy and he has the beard again.

Factual error: In the gunfight in Hasting's store, John Elder fires his six-shooting Colt to a total of thirteen or fourteen times, without requiring - or doing any - reloading whatsoever.

Continuity mistake: When the sheriff enters the bar to break up a confrontation between John Elder and Curley, he sends John Elder out of the bar. As Curley starts to follow Elder out, the sheriff tells him to sit down and finish his card game. Elder and Curley were standing facing each other for quite a while before the sheriff came. How would the sheriff know that Curley had been sitting there playing cards?

Revealing mistake: During John Elder's fight in Hasting's gun store, he ducks behind a counter, and as he pokes out his head, Hastings fires at him. On the counter, the "bullet hole" - containing the powder charge for imitating a bullet impact - is already visible before Hastings fires his gun.

Revealing mistake: In the scence where John Elder is at his parent's gravesite and the sheriff comes up behind him, John Wayne has two guns to make it appear that he draws very fast. Both guns, the one in his hand and the one in his holster are briefly visible as he turns to aim the gun at the sheriff. Viewed on VHS.

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This movie marked the return of John Wayne to work after having a cancerous lung removed nearly 18 months before. He insisted on doing all his own stunts to show the public that the illness hadn't slowed him down.

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