The High Chaparral (1967)

21 mistakes in season 1

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Gold Is Where You Leave It - S1-E19

Revealing mistake: Buck lights the fuse and tosses the dynamite-filled barrel at the bad guys. We see the explosion. Unfortunately, after that, we can also see the intact barrel still rolling away in the dirt.

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Gold Is Where You Leave It - S1-E19

Audio problem: After the Apaches rescue Blue, Buck signs to their leader and says, "Vaya con Dios to you too, brother." But his lips never move.

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Tiger by the Tail - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: As Victoria tends to him, the blood stains on El Tigre's bandages keep changing positions and patterns between shots.

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The Kinsman - S1-E20

Factual error: Dan's wanted poster features a high-resolution 20th Century photo. In the 1870s, particularly way out west in frontier Arizona, the technology to reproduce and print photos like this was non-existent. Wanted posters sometimes had sketches of outlaws, but most often, they contained nothing but the name, reward amount, the crime, and a written description.

00:15:30

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The Assassins - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: Manolito leaves the ranch on a black horse that changes, mid-ride, into his regular brown sorrel, "Macadoo." In later shots of the same ride, the black horse is back, but when Mano dismounts, he's with Macadoo once again.

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A Joyful Noise - S1-E27

Revealing mistake: Henry Darrow's stunt double is very noticeable during the final fight scene with Ramon. He's heavier, taller - and is wearing a very bad wig.

00:44:30

Jean G

The Kinsman - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: When Manolito rides up to the house, Buck is grooming his horse, Rebel, while standing beside the animal's left flank. After a very brief cut to Mano and back, Buck is suddenly on Rebel's right flank, without enough time to have moved there.

00:34:30

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Ride the Savage Land - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: Mano's horse is shot and killed by the Apaches. But when we see a shot of the "dead" animal, it's not Mano's, but the horse Buck was riding (with a distinctive white blaze on its forehead). Apparently, Buck's horse was better at playing dead.

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A Joyful Noise - S1-E27

Factual error: Ramon's six-gun fires more than a dozen times without ever being reloaded.

00:37:00

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Bad Day for a Thirst - S1-E23

Continuity mistake: While Buck and Mano are chasing the Apaches, Mano's mount changes from a horse with a blond mane and tail to one with an all-brown mane and tail and back again.

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The Peacemaker - S1-E25

Factual error: In the final battle with the Apaches, Blue and most of the rest of the Chaparral men fire their 6-shooters dozens of times without ever reloading.

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A Joyful Noise - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: Manolito is bitten on the right ankle by a rattlesnake. But when Maria is later adjusting his bandage, she doctors his left leg instead.

00:01:10 - 00:09:15

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The Kinsman - S1-E20

Visible crew/equipment: In the final scene, light patterns from studio reflectors are moving on the sleeve of Blue's shirt. He's on horseback in the middle of the desert and is nowhere near water, shiny metal, or anything else that could cause such light reflections.

00:40:50

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Best Man for the Job - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: Sam walks out of the saloon without his gloves on, but emerges into the street wearing them in the very next shot.

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The Price of Revenge - S1-E12

Revealing mistake: The substitution of a "stunt horse" is noticeable here when Blue is thrown during an Apache attack. Before he falls off, his palomino horse has its usual blond mane and tail. But when the horse rears and he falls, it's another palomino with a grey mane and tail. The blond one is instantly back, though, when Blue gets up.

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The Peacemaker - S1-E25

Revealing mistake: When Blue rides in with Moon Fire and Kelly, there are footprints visible in the dirt behind them. Several of the prints have distinctive patterned tread from what could only be 20th Century rubber-soled shoes.

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The Arrangement (2) - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When the Apache war party starts its charge toward the High Chaparral, the dirt road beside them shows clear tire tread marks from the camera truck.

00:30:05

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A Hanging Offense - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: Blue's arms at the jail cell window instantly switch back and forth from being together to apart to together.

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A Hanging Offense - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: The square base securing the knife sticking out of the abdomen of the army lieutenant is visible as he and Blue scuffle in the river.

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Gold Is Where You Leave It - S1-E19

Visible crew/equipment: Just before Buck tosses the barrel at the bad guys, a film crew member's shadow is visible on the adobe ruin's wall.

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While shooting an early episode, Henry Darrow fell from his horse and suffered a painful bruise when he landed very hard on the gun at his hip. After much pleading, he convinced the producers and the prop dept. to make a replica pistol out of rubber. Replaced by the real one only when it actually had to be fired, the fake gun remained in Manolito's holster for the rest of the show's run.

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