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The Lone Ranger

Continuity mistake: At the start of the train chase Tonto blows the whistle as he passes the bad guy who says "shoot him you idiot". The soldier opens fire with the machine gun and Tonto is suddenly back in front and passing him again.

Continuity mistake: During the liberation of Cavendish, John Reid sees the shadow of a man on the roof beside the train. But in all the other shots in these scene, the shadows are underneath the people.


Factual error: When the lone ranger fires his guns at the train he shoots over 20 times, despite using a 6 shooter. Likewise when Fuller is shooting at Tonto through the roof.

Continuity mistake: At the end when the train goes over the bridge we can tell the carriages and the wagons are going over the edge. When the one with the bad guy goes over, the shot changes to looking up and the carriages and wagons are going off the end again.

Factual error: When the railroad official is claiming the treaties invalid, the flag behind him has all 50 stars, even though some states hadn't been become part of the United States yet.

Other mistake: When the Lone Ranger is on the roof of the train he shoots at Fuller, who is uncoupling the carriages. He looks back at the train and shouts something - at this point the two trains are on a bend and The Lone Ranger is just coming into view, making his shot at Fuller impossible.

Continuity mistake: When Tonto is burying the Rangers he brushes dirt on top of John Reid, but after "Silver" arrives and they show his body again the dirt is gone.

Continuity mistake: The flatcar on the original silver train disappears just before the collision with Cavendish's boxcar.


Continuity mistake: When the woman is dropped off the train and lands on silver the area next to the railway track is all clear, but immediately before and after it's all woodland up to the track.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when the train crashes off the bridge, the bad guy is dragged down underwater with the freight wagons and drowns. The water is shown to be very deep, but when Tonto looks over the edge we can see the steam locomotive and coaches only half submerged in the river, indicating that it's not that deep.

Factual error: Tonto explains to a boy how he showed two men the location of rich silver deposits in exchange for a cheap watch from Sears Roebuck. The scene is to have taken place when Tonto was child, which would be several years prior to 1869, when Tonto was an adult. However, Sears Robuck was not founded until 1893, many years after the story could have taken place.

Factual error: About 3/4 of the way through, a scene shows two trains facing each other, and a band plays "Stars and Stripes Forever" a famous march composed by John Phillip Sousa. However, this march was not composed until 1896, 27 years after the scene supposedly takes place (1869).

Factual error: The opening scene takes place in 1933 and shows a young boy in a cowboy outfit looking at dioramas in a Wild West exhibit at a carnival. In the background, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is playing. That song was written by Bob Nolan in 1934. Nolan and Roy Rogers formed the Sons of the Pioneers that same year and the song became their first hit, in December 1934.

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Tonto: People think you are dead. Better you stay that way.
John Reid: You want me to wear a mask?
Tonto: There come a time, when good man must wear mask.


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