The High Chaparral (1967)

30 mistakes in season 3

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A Time to Laugh, a Time to Cry - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: Manolito rushes into Don Sebastian's study, passing two large, open doors. When the shot cuts, he passes the same doors again.

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To Stand for Something More - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: Much fuss is made throughout this episode about Blue being left in charge of the High Chaparral "for the first time." But it isn't the first time. He was left in charge once before, in the previous season, and no one made a big deal of it in that episode at all.

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Alliance - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When Manolito trips and drops all of Victoria's packages in the street, a box that lands beside his head in close-up disappears in the next, wider angle shot.

00:05:00

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To Stand for Something More - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: After pulling the calf out of the mud, Pedro rides off on Blue's cream-colored horse, Soapy. They go off in opposite directions (Blue on Pedro's horse), yet minutes later, Blue arrives at the ranch - riding Soapy.

00:15:30

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Mi Casa, Su Casa - S3-E19

Continuity mistake: While he's "dining" with Miguel and the banditos, Don Sebastian's position on the ground changes repeatedly as the camera angles shift. In most shots, he's reclining and leaning on one elbow. But in several others, he's sitting upright.

00:24:35

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Alliance - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: The petticoat Mano pulls out of Johnny Ringo's hands disappears in the very next shot when they greet each other on the street.

00:05:40

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The Legacy - S3-E11

Visible crew/equipment: While Burnett sits in the hotel room chair talking to Trice, an equipment shadow moves across the top of his head.

00:26:15

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Trail to Nevermore - S3-E7

Plot hole: At the end, despite an earlier emphasis on the necessity of wearing one's hat in the desert, John rides out of town without his. Victoria, who wore John's hat when they crossed the desert, isn't wearing it either. And of course, the "lost" hat reappears on John's head in the next episode.

00:39:20

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Friends and Partners - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: The plate Buck and Mano wash is a 20th Century pie tin made of non-reflective aluminum, something unlikely to be found in 1870s Arizona. After they dry it off, it changes into polished steel that's shiny enough to reflect their faces. It also changes shape.

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No Trouble at All - S3-E26

Plot hole: Victoria asks her rescuers to take her to Rancho Velásquez. When they ask where it is, she says, "About 30 miles from here." Though she never indicates a direction, they reply, "Sorry, we're not going that way."

00:23:20

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Generation - S3-E25

Revealing mistake: Due to budget cuts in the 3rd season, an L.A. soundstage replica of the ranch house replaced the outdoor set, which was in Old Tuscon. The replacement was often painfully obvious. In this episode, a stock exterior shot of the real house, with its outside walls undecorated, contrasts with the mock-up, which has mounted cattle horns all over it.

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Trail to Nevermore - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: When the bad guys arrive in Nevermore, they prejudicially assume that Victoria is Manolito's wife. No one disabuses them of this notion, yet John later tells one of them that he was right about Victoria being his wife.

00:30:30

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Lady Fair - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: Charly steps forward several feet before pointing her gun and shooting the hats off two cowboys on the boardwalk. But in the very next shot, she's suddenly standing back beside Buck, without time to get there.

00:08:00

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Jelks - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When John confronts Joe about firing Jelks, Joe's hands change positions, from down at his sides to up at chest level adjusting his gloves, every time the camera angle changes.

00:22:50

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Apache Trust - S3-E8

Plot hole: Somewhere in old Tucson, there must have been a merchant with dozens of identical hats to sell. Here, as in other episodes, Blue's hat is lost somewhere in the desert when he's captured by the Apaches. By the next episode, though, he has it (or one just like it) back again. Lost horses, sometimes even after being killed, had a similar habit of reappearing alive and well in the following week's episode.

00:44:40

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Trail to Nevermore - S3-E7

Plot hole: When Manolito and Victoria jump from the wagon, her hat flies off and falls to the ground. The bandits ride on by, chasing the wagon, after which Mano and Victoria get up and start walking. She later laments losing her hat when they leaped, which makes no sense. Since the bandits and therefore the urgency had passed, there was no reason not to retrieve her hat before they left the area.

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Alliance - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: During the climactic gun battle, several Apaches are shot off their horses. But in subsequent shots of the same area, all the bodies have vanished.

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Friends and Partners - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: Victoria is cleaning a lamp and has removed the globe and placed it on the table. After Buck and Mano enter, her blue cleaning rag jumps from hanging on the lamp to being in her hands and back several times between takes. And the lamp globe mysteriously replaces itself by the end of the scene, even though she hasn't touched it again.

00:44:00 - 00:46:30

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Trail to Nevermore - S3-E7

Revealing mistake: During the cart-pulling scenes in the desert, the use of a stunt double becomes apparent when the usually reed-thin Victoria suddenly gains several pounds and some new muscles in the posterior region.

00:08:00

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The Lieutenant - S3-E20

Revealing mistake: When John runs out of the Simmons' house, a jet contrail is faintly visible in the sky at the far right of the screen.

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New Hostess in Town - S3-E22

Revealing mistake: After Buck knocks Bates out, Victoria takes the outlaw's clothes as a disguise in order to escape. Miraculously, Bates' clothes, despite his being a foot taller and considerably heavier than Victoria, fit her perfectly. She doesn't even have to roll up the shirt sleeves or the trouser legs.

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The Guns of Johnny Rondo - S3-E18

Visible crew/equipment: When Rondo and his son Dan ride through High Chaparral's gate, there are tire tread marks visible in the dirt.

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Auld Lang Syne - S3-E24

Revealing mistake: When Buck comes across the first of two bodies in the desert, we see only the dead man's booted legs protruding from the bushes. When he finds the second body, the exact same shot of legs and boots (with the same bushes and rocks) is used over again with the film reversed.

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Friends and Partners - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: When Mano wakes Buck up, Buck's hat strings are hanging down over his face. When the shot cuts, though, the strings are immediately tucked back over his ears.

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Trail to Nevermore - S3-E7

Factual error: Despite taking a three-day trek across the blazing Arizona desert with no food, water or provisions (and definitely no knives or razors), neither John nor Manolito grows a beard, or even any stubble. They both arrive in Nevermore perfectly clean shaven.

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Alliance - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: One of the Apaches throws his lance at Manolito's feet, and it lands beside him at a 30 degree angle. In the next shot, though, as Mano walks away, the lance is sticking straight up out of the ground.

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Lady Fair - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: Just after Buck jumps in to break Charly's fall, his right hand is high on her shoulder in full shots. But in close-ups, his hand and arm are around her waist instead.

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Auld Lang Syne - S3-E24

Factual error: The Apache spearhead Buck appropriates is very obviously made from machine-tooled steel. Indian tribes in 1870s Arizona made their weapons points from hand-knapped stone and on rare occasions, iron. They never developed steel-making technology.

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The Lieutenant - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: A heavy black bag falls from the Simmons' wagon as they pull away from their house. A short time later, it has disappeared from the spot where it landed.

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Trail to Nevermore - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: Victoria starts the ill-fated journey wearing culotte-style pants. When they get stranded without food, clothes or other provisions, the pants somehow turn into a skirt.

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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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