New this week 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.
New this month 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continuity mistake: Ben Cartwright and a man named Gunny are driving a team of six horses and a wagon in a race with two other men with a six-horse team and wagon. The winner will get a contract to transport mail. During a part of the race which goes through a dense forest of 40-foot-tall pine trees, a close-up of Ben and Gunny shows only blue sky and no trees.
Visible crew/equipment: Sam enters the livery stable to confront two men who attacked his son. The next scene, filmed from inside the stable, shows Hoss opening the livery stable door and entering. Two crew members, one wearing a blue T-shirt and white shorts, are visible in the distance. They are standing by what appears to be the framework of a building under construction.
Revealing mistake: The courthouse sits above a mine shaft. Blasting in the mine causes a portion of the courthouse to collapse. Fallen bricks, lumber and other debris trap Ben and four others in the vault room beneath the main floor. The shaking of the vault room was obviously simulated by the cameraman shaking the camera back and forth. The table, chair, books, file box and other objects in the room do not move.