The Twilight Zone

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.

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Jean G

Showdown with Rance McGrew - S3-E20

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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Jean G

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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Jean G

Deaths-Head Revisited - S3-E9

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

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Captain Defenestrator

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jeff Swanson

To Serve Man - S3-E24

Revealing mistake: Stock footage used here is far too obviously borrowed from several old movies. While the episode is set in the 60s, people's clothing and all the cars are noticeably many years out of date.

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Jean G

Still Valley - S3-E11

Revealing mistake: Many of the "frozen" Union soldiers can be seen blinking, breathing and wavering in place amidst their regiment.

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Jean G

Little Girl Lost - S3-E26

Audio problem: For reasons unknown, the child's voice throughout this episode is played by an adult actress trying to sound childlike - and the unconvincing imitation is painfully obvious.

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Jean G

Five Characters in Search of an Exit - S3-E14

Factual error: When all 5 prisoners stand on each other's shoulders with the ballerina on top, she still can't reach the edge of the cylinder. But when just the 4 men do the same thing and the major throws his rope over the edge, he is somehow far closer to the top than he should be. He ought to be the ballerina's height and then some away - but he isn't.

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Jean G

The Gift - S3-E32

Revealing mistake: At the end, though Williams is shot multiple times (by several rifles, no less), there's not a drop of blood on him and no holes in his clothes. Also, his "corpse" is visibly breathing. He's clearly meant to be dead, so the fact that he's an alien with healing powers does not explain why he's still breathing - or why the bullets left no holes or blood on his clothes.

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Jean G

The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank - S3-E23

Continuity mistake: Jeff corners Orgram behind a tree with a tire swing hanging from it and punches him to the ground. But in the next shot, Orgram is still on the ground and the tree and tire swing are nowhere in sight.

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Jeff Swanson

Young Man's Fancy - S3-E34

Continuity mistake: When we first see it, the grandfather clock is stopped at 2:33. But when Alex opens the case to adjust and restart it, the clock reads 4:40, and he moves the hands to 2:33 after checking his watch.

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Jean G

I Sing the Body Electric - S3-E35

Continuity mistake: When Tom races into the house, the exterior shot is of a front door with six window panels. But when we cut to the interior view of him coming inside, the door has suddenly become solid, with no windows at all.

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Jean G

The Trade-Ins - S3-E31

Continuity mistake: When the decrepit Mr. Holt gets his new young body (briefly necessitating a different actor in the role), his German accent mysteriously disappears. He gets it back when he returns to his old body.

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Jean G

Hocus-Pocus and Frisby - S3-E30

Revealing mistake: Make-up for the space aliens was apparently changed after the closing scene in the store was shot and before any footage of the aliens' "true appearance" was actually taken. This resulted in Frisby, who is now telling the truth and finding no one to believe him, saying that the aliens had a single eye in their foreheads, when in fact, the aliens each had two eyes, in the traditional location.

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Jean G

The Arrival - S3-E2

Other mistake: As part of the story line, three men see different tail numbers on the plane. However, the first and third sets of numbers are printed on a big sticker, because the numbers are a different style than the second set. Also, they used two different planes. The second tail number is N67588, which should be on the bottom of the wing, but that number is N107932.

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The Changing of the Guard - S3-E37

Continuity mistake: While at the window listening to the Christmas Carolers, the eyeglasses Professor Fowler is wearing disappear and reappear, depending on the camera angle.

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Scott215

Nothing in the Dark - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: When the contractor forces his way into Wanda's apartment, she faints, her head landing in the center of the bare floor. But in the following shot, as the contractor leans over her, Wanda's head is at the edge of a large throw rug.

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Jeff Swanson

The Jungle - S3-E12

Revealing mistake: The "mannequin" dressed as a warrior in the costume shop window is a live actor; watch closely and you can see his eyes widen ever so slightly.

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Jeff Swanson

The Midnight Sun - S3-E10

Factual error: The premise for this episode has a major flaw: the only things that could shift the Earth's orbit significantly are a near passage of or a collision with an astronomical body of sufficient size to alter the course of a body weighing 6.6 sextillion tons - the mass of the Earth. Either event would cause sufficient disturbances that cities would probably not be left standing, nor would there be anyone left to stay in or flee from them. While the events of the episode are mostly a dream, the revelation is that the earth is actually moving away from the sun, not towards it, so the mistake applies regardless.

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