Alias Smith and Jones

Alias Smith and Jones (1971)

59 mistakes in season 1

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The McCreedy Bust - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Heyes and Curry walk into the saloon covered with trail dust from head to toe. But when they leave, Heyes' hat is spotless.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Heyes and Curry ride out of town wearing shirts and vests. Both turn to look behind them when they hear the posse coming. As they spur their horses into a gallop, they're suddenly wearing heavy coats.

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Jean G

The McCreedy Bust - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: While he's working to open the safe, Heyes is wearing his coat. Then he isn't. Then he is again.

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Jean G

Wrong Train to Brimstone - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: Heyes and Curry enter the train depot at 8 pm. It's dark outside. When they come back to the platform, it's daylight. When the train leaves, it's dark again. Midway through its 60-mile journey, there's another shot of the train in daylight, followed again by more night shots.

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Jean G

The McCreedy Bust - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Heyes and Curry leave the saloon and walk across the street, a microphone mounted on the camera rigging pops up into the shot at the bottom of the frame and follows along beside them. (This is visible in the US aired and vhs versions, but was edited out of both the BBC version and the recent dvd release.)

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Miss Porter enters the office, the coffee mug on Lom's desk jumps from the blotter onto the wood surface between shots, even though no one touches it. It also reverses its orientation: the handle switches from pointing left to pointing right.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Harker confiscates firearms from five Devil's Hole members who are playing poker in the saloon. The sixth member is down in the tunnel, and didn't turn over his gun. Yet when the outlaws go to collect their weapons, six are given back their side-arms.

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Jean G

Journey from San Juan - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: Curry kisses Michelle outside her hotel room. When the camera angle is on him, his right hand is on her shoulder. When it switches to her, his hand is instantly down at her waist.

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Jean G

Wrong Train to Brimstone - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: While Heyes and Curry are guarding the gold shipment, Heyes' hat keeps changing positions on his head between takes. First it's down over his hairline, then it's pushed back, etc.

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Jean G

The McCreedy Bust - S1-E2

Plot hole: Early in the episode, the sheriff starts going through his pile of wanted posters. According to the story line, 18 days then pass. At the end, the sheriff, standing in the exact same position and wearing the same clothes, is just finishing his search through the posters.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Factual error: Kyle strikes a match on the wooden floor to light the dynamite's fuse. In the early 1880s (the era in which this series is set), a portable flint-and-tinder kit was the common method of sparking a light. While "strike anywhere" matches had been invented by this time and were quite the rage in Europe (despite an alarming tendency to explode due to the volatile chemicals used), they were an unknown commodity on the American frontier until well after the turn of the century.

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Jean G

The McCreedy Bust - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: In his showdown match with McCreedy, Heyes deals out five cards in each row on the table. But in the next shot, there are six cards in each row.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The Devil's Hole Gang is referred to as "seven sorry lives of crime." But there are only six of them.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: The electric light bulb in Lom Trevors' lamp is visible. In one shot, you can even see the filament wires.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Factual error: The telegram delivered to the sheriff's office is in an envelope with a machine-cut, transparent cellophane address window. This type of envelope wasn't manufactured until well into the 20th Century.

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Jean G

The McCreedy Bust - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: At Armandariz's hacienda, a power cord is peeking out from behind the large chest against the wall in the main room.

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Jean G

The Great Shell Game - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: Grace says she's going to Laredo. But when the stagecoach reaches its destination and she gets out, the driver says they're in El Paso.

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Jean G

Wrong Train to Brimstone - S1-E4

Factual error: When the train is fully boarded, the conductor waves a lamp to signal the engineer. It's supposed to be 8 pm at night, but it's suspiciously sunny on the platform - and the signal lamp is noticeably not lit.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Harker rouses a sleepy Heyes and drags him to the saloon, Heyes' hair is falling over his forehead. The shot cuts, and his hair is combed back. Then he steps through the curtain to talk to Wheat, and the hair is over his forehead again.

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Jean G

The Legacy of Charlie O'Rourke - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: Curry's string tie disappears when he and Heyes knock on Alice's hotel room door. It's back a few shots later.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Deputy Harker keeps checking his pocket watch while making his rounds. The first two times he looks at it, the watch face has Roman numerals. On his third check, it has regular numbers instead. The fourth time, the Roman numerals are back again.

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Jean G

The Legacy of Charlie O'Rourke - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: Charlie tells Alice that he buried the gold near the Mexican border. But when she looks up the location on a map, the map she's holding is of the state of Wyoming (which is nowhere near Mexico). When they go after the gold, however, they're in Joshua Tree Forest, Arizona, which is near the border.

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Jean G

Never Trust an Honest Man - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: The part in Mr. Harlingen's hair changes sides several times while he's examining the jewels with his son.

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Jean G

Never Trust an Honest Man - S1-E14

Revealing mistake: At the end, when Christine's father enters the kitchen, the unmistakable outline of a papered-over electrical outlet is showing on the wall behind him.

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Jean G

A Fistful of Diamonds - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: At the campsite, Binford counts out 19 uncut diamonds that were "found" in the salted field. When that same stash is laid out on his desk later, there are 20 stones. And according to Heyes and Curry, there were 21.

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Jean G

Stagecoach Seven - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: From one shot to the next, the six horses pulling the stagecoach change color from black to light brown and back again.

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Jean G

Stagecoach Seven - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: During the stage hold-up, there are several bright white 20th Century buildings visible in the distance behind Weaver.

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Jean G

Return to Devil's Hole - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: While the Devil's Hole Gang plays cards in the bunkhouse, Hamilton stands behind the poker table beside one of the beds. In the master shot, he's wearing a tan jacket. In every close-up, however, the jacket disappears and he's wearing a blue shirt.

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Jean G

The Fifth Victim - S1-E12

Factual error: The dresser mirror in the saloon girl's boudoir is ringed with photos - but they're 20th Century color Polaroids.

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Jean G

Alias Smith and Jones (90 min.) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: In the saloon, Heyes and Curry are standing at the bar about four feet apart. After the deputy sheriff kicks the orchestron (a 19th C. jukebox), the camera angle reverses - and Heyes and Curry are suddenly shoulder-to-shoulder at the bar.

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Jean G

The Legacy of Charlie O'Rourke - S1-E15

Revealing mistake: Alice is supposedly playing the guitar while she sings to Charlie in the jail cell. But while her fingers are moving, they aren't forming proper chords on the instrument's strings, nor does her strumming match the music we hear.

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Jean G

The Root of It All - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: A wheezing Deputy Treadwell races across the street to the saloon to collect a posse. On the way, he's trying to buckle on his gun-belt, but he fumbles it and his gun falls to the ground near the hitching rail. No one picks it up, but he somehow has the gun back in his holster again when he runs out to ride away seconds later.

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Jean G

The Root of It All - S1-E11

Audio problem: In the hotel room, Leslie offers her ring as a down payment to Heyes. He reaches for it and says, "May I?" But as we hear the words, his lips aren't moving.

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Jean G

Never Trust an Honest Man - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: Curry's shaving cream is smeared over his upper lip. Then it isn't. Then it is again.

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Jean G

The Root of It All - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: During the stage robbery, the bandits take everyone's guns, including Heyes' and Curry's. But when they unhitch the team horses and gallop after the bad guys, Heyes and Curry have guns again.

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Jean G

The Root of It All - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: Heyes and Curry have waded into the lake to recover the chest, so their pants are soaking wet up to hip level. But just a few minutes later, they're both completely dry again.

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Jean G

Stagecoach Seven - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: The number of bad guys in Weaver's gang keeps changing. There are ten riders waiting on the ridge. All ten ride down the hill, but only five arrive at the bottom to rob the stage. Seven ride away afterward, but when they head off again to capture Heyes and Curry, there are only six. And when they surround the way station, there are again seven of them.

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Jean G

Stagecoach Seven - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: Heyes is tied to a chair during the assault on the stage way station. But somehow his hair combs itself neatly back after being all over his forehead. A few shots after that, it's messy again.

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Jean G

A Fistful of Diamonds - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: At the bank, we see Curry empty the jewel bag onto Binford's desk. Ten stones fall out. But in subsequent close-ups, there are twenty. Despite this, Heyes asks Binford to write a receipt for "ten little stones that sparkle and glitter a lot."

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Jean G

Return to Devil's Hole - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Heyes hands Curry the money and rides away, a window behind Curry reflects several studio lights.

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Jean G

Return to Devil's Hole - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Clara's long hair is a windblown mess. But when Heyes ties the blindfold at the back of her head, her hair is suddenly neatly combed. One shot later, it's unkempt again.

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Jean G

The Root of It All - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: The first time Leslie visits Heyes and Curry in jail, they are in two cells right next to one another, Curry lying on a bunk in the cell to the left. The second time she visits to break them out, they are still in two cells next to one another, but the cell with the bunk is on the far left, Curry is the in middle cell, and Heyes is in the cell on the right. When Leslie points her gun at the lock of Heyes's cell door, he takes cover behind Curry, who is suddenly in the same cell with him with no bars between them. When Leslie brings Heyes the letter spike to use in picking the lock, the two are back in different cells with no bunk visible.

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The Fifth Victim - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: Heyes is shot from the right and falls from his horse, grazed on the right side of the head. When he's recovering, however, the wound has moved to the left side of his head.

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Jean G

Never Trust an Honest Man - S1-E14

Revealing mistake: In one of the early panoramic shots of the train heading toward the mountains, there are two jet contrails in the sky at the upper right of the screen.

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Jean G

The Legacy of Charlie O'Rourke - S1-E15

Revealing mistake: When Heyes and Curry send the empty stagecoach off to mislead the posse, the road has several 20th Century tire tracks running across it.

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Jean G

The Fifth Victim - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: Curry emerges from the pond into bright sunlight, and the distinctive shadow of the camera is visible against his white shirt.

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Jean G

The Fifth Victim - S1-E12

Revealing mistake: Sam, the third victim, is shot and killed while driving his wagon out of town. We see a long shot of him riding away, then we hear the rifle firing. But the camera lingers a bit too long after that - just enough for us to see the wagon continuing on its way, with a perfectly healthy Sam still at the reins.

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Jean G

The Root of It All - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When they've opened the chest, Leslie pays Heyes $1500 in cash, which he's holding in his hand when the gang of robbers gallops up. In the next shot, Heyes turns and raises his hands, and the cash he was holding has disappeared.

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Jean G

The Man Who Murdered Himself - S1-E10

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of his trip with the TNT wagon, Curry is seen driving with a hill in the background and a road winding past rocks and green grass. Several miles into the trip, he's coaxing the team over a ridge, and when we cut to a close-up, the same road is behind him. It's the same shot, recycled from earlier in the episode.

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Jean G

A Fistful of Diamonds - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: Having borrowed the valuable uncut stones from Soapy, Heyes and Curry don't seem able to keep a very good accounting of them. Ten are sent out for evaluation, and twenty-one more are used to salt the fake diamond field. They should be returning thirty-one nuggets to Soapy at the end of the con game. Yet there are fewer than twenty diamonds on the table when Soapy empties the cloth bag.

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Jean G

Return to Devil's Hole - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Heyes takes Clara's handbag and dumps its contents on the table. A bundled stack of bills at least an inch thick falls out. Several shots later, though, the pile of money is much thinner, about half its original size.

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Jean G

Never Trust an Honest Man - S1-E14

Factual error: For a man of the cloth, the Preacher is remarkably ignorant of one of the best-known passages of the Bible. He says that the 6th Commandment is "thou shalt not steal" and the 8th "thou shalt not kill." It's the other way around.

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Jean G

The Legacy of Charlie O'Rourke - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: While Heyes and Curry talk to Charlie in his cell, Curry's hands change positions on the bars every time the camera angle reverses.

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Jean G

The Fifth Victim - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: The rifle Curry slings to his saddle when he sets off after Jake disappears during his journey, then reappears just in time for him to use it in getting the drop on Jake.

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Jean G

The Great Shell Game - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: During the scene in the gentleman's club, Grace makes an instant costume change. When she's inside the club room, she has on a white lace dress and hat. When she and Heyes walk the drunk Sylvester out into the hall, she's wearing a bright red dress instead.

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Jean G

The Girl in Boxcar #3 - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When the bad guys rough up Heyes, his hair is disarrayed. But when the shot cuts, it's neatly combed again.

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Jean G

The Fifth Victim - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: When the sheriff and his deputy knock on Rachel's door and she opens it, the glass shows us a studio reflector and some of the camera crew.

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Jean G

The Legacy of Charlie O'Rourke - S1-E15

Factual error: When Alice, Heyes and Curry dig up the gold bars, they realistically have to use both hands to lift each one. But Heyes then fills two cloth bags with six bars each, hefts the sacks easily and slings them over his saddle. Conservatively, each of those bags would weigh 180 lbs. - he's just tossed the equivalent weight of two full-grown men over his shoulder onto the horse. For more on just how heavy gold bars are, see: http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/125Adensitygold.html

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Jean G

Wrong Train to Brimstone - S1-E4

Factual error: This entire episode takes place in Wyoming, because of the Bannerman plot to ambush the Devil's Hole gang, but a sign at the train station where Heyes and Curry board states the elevation as 2315 feet. No location in Wyoming or northern Colorado is that low. One would have to be in California, Texas, or eastern Kansas or Nebraska.

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Catriona M Mac Kirnan

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