The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone (1959)

35 mistakes in season 3

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Showdown with Rance McGrew - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: Rance McGrew's white horse is tied up with its head just a few inches from the hitching rail, but a moment later is untied and several feet away from the rail. Next shot, it's tied up close again, though no one's touched it. Finally, it's completely loose, and at the episode's end, is wandering into the street.

00:22:00 - 00:23:30

Jean G

Showdown with Rance McGrew - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: The saloon's windows are much narrower inside than they are on the outside.

00:17:20

Jean G

The Grave - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: The events shown are supposed to take place at almost exactly midnight, yet when Conny goes to the graveyard the sky is bright and everything is well lit, much brighter than moonlight. Just as he enters the graveyard there is an abrupt change in lighting and the scene is suddenly much darker.

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Jason Hoffman

To Serve Man - S3-E24

Other mistake: Chambers asks what time it is on Earth, a strangely vague question to which the Kanamits grant an equally odd answer: on Earth, it is noon. It can't be noon everywhere on Earth at once. While it can be fancifully explained away ("They somehow knew to answer for the time zone he was taken from"), it still jars the viewer, because neither Chambers nor the aliens, both highly intelligent, should make this sort of imprecise mistake. Both director Richard Bare and Damon Knight, author of the original short story, confirmed this as a scriptwriting error that should have been caught before shooting began.

00:02:15

Jean G

Showdown with Rance McGrew - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: The car Rance drives onto the set can be seen in the street from inside the saloon, but disappears when Rance, in character, comes through the swinging doors. It's visible again in the very next shot, but vanishes anew when Jesse James comes through the doors, after which it yet again reappears in the very next shot.

00:04:30 - 00:07:20

Jean G

It's a Good Life - S3-E8

Continuity mistake: During the birthday party scene, as the close-ups and master shot are intercut, Anthony's hair changes back and forth from being combed straight forward to parted on the left and combed to the side.

00:15:10

Jean G

The Grave - S3-E7

Revealing mistake: As Connie approaches the graveyard the sky in the background is obviously a painted backdrop, as there is a visible seam.

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Jason Hoffman

The Jungle - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: Richards opens the door and finds a lion on the bed over his wife's body. When the door first opens, the corpse has dark hair and the blanket is twisted and disarrayed. But when the shot cuts to the lion leaping, the corpse's hair is a lighter color and the blanket is neatly spread across the bed.

00:23:40

Jean G

To Serve Man - S3-E24

Factual error: Author Damon Knight was happy with Rod Serling's TV adaptation of his short story - except for the change that allowed the humans to translate the Kanamit language as though it were a code. Said Knight, "Without some sort of interplanetary Rosetta Stone, deciphering an unknown language would be impossible."

00:22:10

Jean G

Showdown with Rance McGrew - S3-E20

Factual error: Throughout this episode, the TV western supposedly being filmed lacks several essential elements. There are no clapboards to mark the scenes; the modern-day car is constantly in shot through the swinging doors; and the set is located inside the "real" saloon when it should be on a sound stage.

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Jean G

A Piano in the House - S3-E22

Audio problem: The keys we see being depressed on the player piano never bear any resemblance to the actual notes we hear.

00:13:00

Jean G

The Passersby - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When the Union soldier arrives on the horse, Lavinia points a shotgun at him, holding it at chest level. But when the shot cuts, she suddenly has it up to her cheek.

00:15:00

Jean G

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

Deliberate mistake: The signs at Dachau Concentration Camp are in English.

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The Little People - S3-E28

Continuity mistake: The hundreds of ropes used by the tiny people to pull down Craig's statue vanish in the next shot, when the statue hits the ground.

00:23:55

Jean G

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

Revealing mistake: In the window there are already broken areas where the glass gets broken when Captain hits it. On the bottom pane the grill on the top, bottom and right have a crack before the Captain even hits it.

00:19:00

Liz A Blue

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: Block 6 looks to have a no cardboard over the window beside the "Block 6" sign. Then later on they have cardboard there.

00:12:20 - 00:14:55

Liz A Blue

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: The Block 6 door is closed all throughout the video, then when Captain runs towards the door it's opened.

00:07:55 - 00:14:55

Liz A Blue

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: Becker is standing on the porch at "Block 6" and there are no handrails. When we return to Becker he is in the center of the square area and in the background handrails are there.

00:07:55

Liz A Blue

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: The captain goes to "Block 6" which we see is the 1st floor with stairs which are in line with the porch, but when he leaves the stairs go off at a 90 degree angle from the porch.

00:04:50 - 00:06:20

Liz A Blue

The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank - S3-E23

Continuity mistake: An entire piece of toast disappears off of Pa's plate from one shot to the next.

00:08:40

Jeff Swanson

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