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A Girl Named George - S9-E16

Revealing mistake: Jack Albertson's character is taking pictures of The Cartwrights and ranch hands. The video camera moves across the front of the prop camera as Albertson pushes and holds the button to take a picture. The shutter on the camera never opens and isn't open until he releases the button. In those days the shutter had to stay open an elongated time to enable the light to infiltrate the negative. People had to stay still during this time.

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Song in the Dark - S4-E16

Revealing mistake: When Mary enters her husband's secret room she lights up the room using a paraffin-oil lamp, but the room lights up before her match has reached the lamp.

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A Dream to Dream - S9-E26

Character mistake: When Hoss takes Timmy for a horseback ride, after they both dismount by the lake, Hoss calls Timmy by his real name Johnny (Whitaker) and not Timmy.

The Strange One - S7-E10

Continuity mistake: As Hoss and Joe walk down a trail, the sound of a roaring wind is heard and dust is blowing in the foreground but all the surrounding trees are motionless.

The Strange One - S7-E10

Continuity mistake: Hoss and Joe are tracking a cougar. In the stock footage shots of the cougar, the sky is a very deep blue and clear. In the scenes showing Hoss and Joe, the sky is a very pale blue with a few wispy clouds.

Lothario Larkin - S6-E30

Visible crew/equipment: Two horses are tied to the hitching rail in front of the jail. In an interior shot, Lothario Larkin flings the jail door open and runs outside and to the right. The background is obviously a painted backdrop. It shows no horses, only the dusty street and a building on the opposite side. Larkin casts a shadow on the backdrop as he runs out.

Lothario Larkin - S6-E30

Continuity mistake: When Lothario Larkin is visiting the girl he left at the altar, (Nancy I think) the scene opens, showing Lethario's carriage horse with a feed bag on. Moments later as the two are sitting together, the side of the horse is behind them and it turns its head into view, but there is no feed bag.

The Hunter - S14-E15

Visible crew/equipment: Joe, wearing a green jacket, is seen from behind as he talks to a rancher. A studio light is obviously being used. A shadow, probably of a stagehand, passes across Joe's jacket.

The Bucket Dog - S14-E11

Audio problem: Early in the morning, as Joe enters the living room, the grandfather clock chimes three times but the time shown on the clock is 2:57.

The Sound of Sadness - S14-E10

Visible crew/equipment: In the foreground, a teakettle on a stove starts whistling. In the background, Jonathan May lights a lantern and walks toward the stove. At the exact moment he lights the lantern, a studio light is turned on and its reflection is visible on the kettle. In addition, the light illuminates a side of the kettle which should be in shadow because of the position of the lantern.

Journey to Terror - S8-E21

Continuity mistake: Joe and his friend load four barrels into the buckboard, but when his friend arrives in town there are only two. When it arrives back at friend's cabin, there are four barrels again.

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A Visit to Upright - S13-E25

Other mistake: Several people, believing a treasure is hidden inside the Trails End saloon, are tearing the wooden building apart. To stop them, Joe pulls out his gun and fires a shot into the ceiling. Even though he held the gun at a 75-degree angle in front of him, the falling dust and plaster land directly on top of his head.

Search in Limbo - S13-E21

Other mistake: The episode opens with Ben Cartwright ascending an outdoor staircase to a land office. The sound of a howling wind can be heard but no dust or leaves are blowing and all the surrounding bushes and trees are motionless.

Blind Hunch - S13-E9

Continuity mistake: Jamie and a blind man are riding side by side on horseback along a trail. Upon hearing the sound of a bird, the blind man identifies it as a black-tailed magpie. Jamie looks up to see the bird. The next shot, obviously from stock footage, shows a bird sitting on a branch of a tree with no leaves. In the scenes with Jamie and the blind man, every tree is fully grown with leaves and there are no bare branches.

A Time to Die - S12-E25

Continuity mistake: April Christopher is asleep in an upstairs bedroom at the Ponderosa. After a noise awakens her, she gets out of bed, puts on a robe and leaves the room. As she is going downstairs, she is suddenly also wearing a pair of blue slippers.

The Silent Killer - S12-E22

Continuity mistake: An influenza epidemic is exacerbated by a very cold windstorm. The wind is obviously created by a wind machine. In all the outdoor scenes, dust and leaves are blowing in the foreground but the trees and bushes in the background are motionless.

Shadow of a Hero - S12-E21

Continuity mistake: During the final minute of this episode, the sound of a roaring wind can be heard. Two close-ups of a statue and a close-up of a boy in the street show swirling dust and leaves. In the long shots, there is no evidence of wind. No dust is blowing and all the trees are completely still.

Shadow of a Hero - S12-E21

Factual error: The wife of a former Civil War general who is being encouraged to run for Governor tells Ben Cartwright, "He's used to being in the spotlight." This series is set in the 1880s and the word "spotlight" did not enter the English language until 1904.

A Matter of Circumstance - S11-E28

Continuity mistake: It is obvious that a wind machine was used in the opening scene. Dust, straw and leaves are blowing across the Ponderosa and trees in the foreground are swaying but the trees in the background are motionless. Two minutes later, a shot of a cloud-filled sky and a flash of lightning is shown and rain starts falling. In the next shot, Joe is inside the barn and sunlight is streaming through the windows even though rain is falling. Joe's horse then gets spooked by a lightning bolt and knocks Joe to the ground. The horse tramples him several times but when Joe is finally able to get up, the back of his shirt and pants are completely clean.

The Lady and the Mark - S11-E18

Continuity mistake: A young woman named Charity is fishing from the shore of a lake. The water is a deep blue color and there are no rocks. When she gets a bite, the close-up shows a fish flopping amid several rocks in shallow blue-green water.

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A portion of the background music used during an outdoor scene in the town of Vallejo was later used as the theme song for "Little House On The Prairie."

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