The Alamo

Other mistake: When John Wayne is running about near the chapel with a torch. Inside the chapel, you can see a lot of Mexican soldiers just standing there not doing anything.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the background just before the final battle a number of modern day trucks can be seen on the hills.

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Factual error: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes into the "restored" full-length video version, there's a birthday party for little Lisa Dickinson, and the Alamo defenders sing "Happy Birthday" to her. The Alamo battle happened in 1836. According to David Ewen's "All the Years of American Popular Music," the song "Happy Birthday to You" was composed and copyrighted by sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill, first as "Good Morning to All," in 1893.

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Trivia: In 2010, on the 50th anniversary of the release of the film a reunion was held at The Alamo Village. Of the main actors only 6 of them were still alive. 69 year old Frankie Avalon was there and five defectors were there with Mrs John Wayne. Richard Widmark (Jim Bowie) had died in 2008.

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Trivia: Lisa Dickerson is played by John Wayne's real life youngest daughter Aissa, who was 3 in 1959. When she had to say hello or goodbye to Davy Crockett, she kept saying "Hello Daddy" or "Goodbye Daddy." Her lines had to be dubbed in later.

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Trivia: The final battle took four days to film in December of 1959. It cost was 2 million dollars.

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Question: In the John Wayne film, Frankie Avalon is riding into Sam Houston's camp and is stopped by two sentries. The one questioning him appears to bear a striking resemblance to Robert Mitchum. Is this him?

Chosen answer: No, that's not him. Robert Mitchum has no part in this movie.

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