Bonanza

Bonanza (1959)

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A Dream to Dream - S9-E26

Character mistake: When Hoss takes Timmy for a horseback ride, after they both dismount by the lake, Hoss calls Timmy by his real name Johnny (Whitaker) and not Timmy.

Song in the Dark - S4-E16

Revealing mistake: When Mary enters her husband's secret room she lights up the room using a paraffin-oil lamp, but the room lights up before her match has reached the lamp.

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A Girl Named George - S9-E16

Revealing mistake: Jack Albertson's character is taking pictures of The Cartwrights and ranch hands. The video camera moves across the front of the prop camera as Albertson pushes and holds the button to take a picture. The shutter on the camera never opens and isn't open until he releases the button. In those days the shutter had to stay open an elongated time to enable the light to infiltrate the negative. People had to stay still during this time.

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Springtime - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: While Adam and Ted Hackett are talking on the front porch, in the exterior shot we can see the tablecloth inside the house is solid white, but in the interior shots the tablecloth has a red/white check type pattern. (00:31:15)

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Hoss and the Leprechauns - S5-E12

Continuity mistake: Hoss fires a total of 6 shots from his pistol to scare away a bear who is menacing one of the "little green men." He returns his pistol to his gun belt. A few moments later he uses the gun again to destroy the lock on the strongbox. He is never seen re-loading his gun but has fired 7 shots.

Thanks for Everything, Friend - S6-E4

Factual error: Adam has fallen into the river. As he is spotted by Tom Wilson from his campsite, a car is visible passing far across the valley.

He Was Only Seven - S13-E22

Factual error: As the boy dies, his hand opens and coins roll out. Included are Washington Quarters (first made 1932), Jefferson Nickels (1938), and Roosevelt Dimes (1946). (00:15:45)

The Actress - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: Little Joe falls in love with Julia Grant, an aspiring actress who, with her son, is staying at the Ponderosa for several days. After she learns she has landed an acting job in San Francisco, she and her son leave the Ponderosa. As they ride off in their horse-drawn wagon, Joe is standing next to Ben and Hoss and he is waving goodbye with his right hand. In the following long shot, Joe has both hands on his hips and is staring at the ground.

The Jury - S4-E14

Other mistake: At night, Adam goes to visit a man whose brother has been shot and killed. After the man lights a lantern on the table to Adam's right, Adam's shadow is to his right and not to his left as it should be.

The Deadly Ones - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: In the Ponderosa home, Arturo Diaz, a Mexican freedom fighter, is shot by a renegade pistolero. Diaz falls on his back and Ben Cartwright rushes to his side. Diaz says "Adios" and then dies, with his head turned to the left. After a brief close-up of Ben, Diaz's head is now turned to the right.

Knight Errant - S4-E8

Factual error: Walter Prescott accuses Hoss of "two-timing" him with a mail-order bride. This episode is set in the mid-1860s and, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the expression "two-timing" dates from 1924.

The Ride - S3-E18

Continuity mistake: Adam is in the hotel lobby awaiting the arrival of a rider. The clock behind him says 3:30. He opens the door and looks out for a few seconds, then closes the door. The clock has jumped to 3:35.

The Dream Riders - S2-E32

Continuity mistake: A mooring rope breaks and sends a hot-air balloon rising into the air. No one is in the gondola. Stock footage shows a hot-air balloon in the sky but a man is visible in the gondola.

The Dream Riders - S2-E32

Other mistake: An Army friend of Ben's uses Ponderosa land to test his hot-air balloon. There are very few clouds in the sky. A balloon in flight is shown but it is obviously stock footage. The sky is filled with clouds and the film contains several black spots and scratches.

The Secret - S2-E31

Continuity mistake: At the Ponderosa, Jake Parson is telling Ben Cartwright of his suspicion that his daughter eloped with Little Joe. The grandfather clock shows the time as 8:53. Both men turn as they hear the door open. As Little Joe walks in, the time has suddenly jumped to 8:59.

Cutthroat Junction - S2-E26

Character mistake: "Bonanza" is set in the 1880s but this episode uses three phrases which, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, did not enter our vocabulary until much later: "Trouble-shooter" dates from 1905, "mother hen" dates from 1934 and "sitting duck" dates from 1942.

The Rescue - S2-E23

Revealing mistake: The mountains outside the dining room window of the Ponderosa house are obviously part of a painted backdrop. As Ben walks past the window and sits at the table, he casts a shadow on the mountains.

Vengeance - S2-E21

Continuity mistake: Red Twilight, believing his brother's death was caused by Hoss Cartwright, gets revenge by shooting Hoss in the back. When he learns Hoss is still alive, he goes to the Ponderosa to finish the job. Red shoots and kills a ranch hand, then enters the home. Little Joe gets into a fight with Red and both men run out into the yard. The ranch hand's body has disappeared.

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Five into the Wind - S4-E29

Visible crew/equipment: Joe and 4 fellow stagecoach passengers are in a cave. A fist-fight between Joe and another man ensues just outside the cave. At one point, a rubber tire is visible in the lower left of the screen. (00:40:15)

Springtime - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When Adam introduces himself to Ted Hackett, the back-junction on Ted's Y-back braces is bunched up as he and Adam are walking through the doorway, but in the next interior shot of them entering the home, the Y-back is suddenly lying properly. (00:31:35)

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The Big Jackpot - S11-E16

Continuity mistake: Hoss Cartwright's hair is medium brown in the scenes which take place at the Ponderosa, but in all other scenes his hair is a very dark brown, almost black.

The Medal - S11-E7

Factual error: About half-way through the show, Joe Cartwright states 47 people received the Medal of Honor in the Civil War. In reality there were 1522 recipients of the medal in the Civil War. While an honor to receive, it wasn't held to quite the same level as in WWI and beyond.

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She Walks in Beauty - S5-E1

Audio problem: At a party at the Ponderosa, several couples are dancing to the music of a three-piece band. When the music stops, the sound of applause is heard but nobody is clapping.

The Gift - S2-E27

Factual error: "Bonanza" is set in the 1880s. In this episode, Little Joe and a friend discover a site where a man and his wife and daughters were attacked by Apaches. A Raggedy Ann doll is among the rubble. Johnny Gruelle did not create the Raggedy Ann character until 1915.

Lothario Larkin - S6-E30

Continuity mistake: When Lothario Larkin is visiting the girl he left at the altar, (Nancy I think) the scene opens, showing Lethario's carriage horse with a feed bag on. Moments later as the two are sitting together, the side of the horse is behind them and it turns its head into view, but there is no feed bag.

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Escape to Ponderosa - S1-E25

Continuity mistake: Halfway through the show, Ben is talking to the commanding officer and captain of a fort. Ben leaves the room and closes the door but the door swings back to being almost full open. The commander and captain talk about going to the Ponderosa with a warrant to check for deserters. When they walk to the door, it is closed.

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The Gentleman from New Orleans - S5-E18

Revealing mistake: They are trying to find where Jean Lafitte is hiding. Thinking that he is behind the drapes which cover a window, two bullets are fired into the drapery. The bullets should have shattered the window, but when they look behind them (and he is not there) the window and the frame are untouched.

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The Saga of Muley Jones - S5-E26

Revealing mistake: The Cartwrights' second cousin shows up and sings a lot. His singing breaks glass all over town. 1/4 of the way through the episode, while at the ranch, Ben is about to serve tea or coffee while Huley is singing upstairs. As Ben goes to pour it into a cup, the pottery kettle shatters but no tea or coffee or water comes out of the pot, showing it was empty.

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Five Sundowns to Sunup - S7-E12

Other mistake: The Lassiter brothers have kidnapped a judge and a posse is searching for them. One of the men says they should quit for the day because "it's almost sundown." Judging by the shadows of the men, their horses and nearby trees, the time appears to be around 1 PM.

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The Conquistadores - S9-E3

Visible crew/equipment: Boom mic is visible at the top of the screen as Hoss is about to give water to the gold thief they found nearly dead in the desert. (00:42:50 - 00:43:30)

Elizabeth, My Love - S2-E33

Continuity mistake: A flashback episode set in the 1840s opens with Ben Cartwright as a first mate aboard a clipper ship. Rear-screen projection shows an ocean and a grey overcast sky. In a shot of the crew on the rigging and in the crow's nest, the sky is deep blue with a few white clouds.

Elizabeth, My Love - S2-E33

Factual error: In a flashback episode set in the 1840s, Ben Cartwright and his former Captain are operating a ship's chandler business. A competitor accuses them of running a "flea market." That term is a translation of the French "marché aux puces" and did not enter the English language until 1922.

Silent Thunder - S2-E13

Factual error: Joe Cartwright gives a Raggedy Ann doll to a young woman named Annie. "Bonanza" is set in the late 1860s. The Raggedy Ann character was created by Johnny Gruelle in 1915.

The Dark Gate - S2-E24

Audio problem: Apparently there was a problem with the sound recording during a scene of Ben Cartwright speaking to his son Adam while standing by the chuck wagon. One of Ben's lines was dubbed in by someone else whose voice was higher-pitched and less gruff than that of actor Lorne Greene.

Showdown at Tahoe - S9-E10

Character mistake: Jamison Filmore reminds a steamboat captain that they were in prison together in "Cell 241." Five minutes later, he says they shared "214."

A Knight to Remember - S6-E13

Continuity mistake: The sheriff of Morris Flats suspects Adam of being a bandit and puts him in jail. The window of Adam's cell has four vertical bars, but when the "knight" comes to talk to Adam from outside the cell window, the window has five vertical bars.

Triangle - S5-E33

Continuity mistake: Laura Dayton is at a party at the Ponderosa but leaves and goes outside because she has a headache. Ben Cartwright's brother Will comes out and says he'll take her home via horse and buggy. It is night and the sky is dark, but when they reach Laura's house, it appears to be early evening. The sky is much lighter and the trees are casting long shadows on the ground.

Return to Honor - S5-E25

Other mistake: Outside the Pine City marshal's office is a painted backdrop depicting some two-story blue-and-white buildings. The same backdrop is seen from the Virginia City saloon. It also appears in another town in the episode "The Legacy."

The Pure Truth - S5-E23

Continuity mistake: Adam and Joe are restraining Hoss while Ben gives him a ladleful of a thick white tonic for "spring fever." Joe has his right arm around Hoss' neck and is holding Hoss' mouth open with his left hand. As Hoss takes the tonic, a glob of it spills onto his left cheek. In the immediate close-up, the glob has vanished.

The Legacy - S5-E11

Other mistake: Adam stops at the Wild Horse Saloon in a nearby town, seeking information about a man who he mistakenly thinks has killed Ben. Outside the saloon is a painted backdrop depicting some two-story buildings. It is the same backdrop seen from the saloon in Virginia City.

The Waiting Game - S5-E10

Factual error: This episode is set in 1861. A little girl, Peggy Dayton, has a Raggedy Ann doll. Johnny Gruelle did not create the Raggedy Ann character until 1915.

The Guilty - S3-E23

Continuity mistake: Ben Cartwright agrees to meet a man at the land office at 9:00 the following morning but when Ben arrives at the office the next day, the time on the wall clock is 5:47. In a scene that takes place a few minutes later, the clock still says 5:47.

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Saga of Whizzer McGee - S4-E30

Continuity mistake: When Whizzer is pouring coins from a robbery into the hands of Melissa, she is wearing gloves in camera shots taken from one angle, but have bare hands in shots taken from another angle. This mistake is repeated 8 times.

The Strange One - S7-E10

Continuity mistake: As Hoss and Joe walk down a trail, the sound of a roaring wind is heard and dust is blowing in the foreground but all the surrounding trees are motionless.

The Strange One - S7-E10

Continuity mistake: Hoss and Joe are tracking a cougar. In the stock footage shots of the cougar, the sky is a very deep blue and clear. In the scenes showing Hoss and Joe, the sky is a very pale blue with a few wispy clouds.

Lothario Larkin - S6-E30

Visible crew/equipment: Two horses are tied to the hitching rail in front of the jail. In an interior shot, Lothario Larkin flings the jail door open and runs outside and to the right. The background is obviously a painted backdrop. It shows no horses, only the dusty street and a building on the opposite side. Larkin casts a shadow on the backdrop as he runs out.

The Hunter - S14-E15

Visible crew/equipment: Joe, wearing a green jacket, is seen from behind as he talks to a rancher. A studio light is obviously being used. A shadow, probably of a stagehand, passes across Joe's jacket.

The Bucket Dog - S14-E11

Audio problem: Early in the morning, as Joe enters the living room, the grandfather clock chimes three times but the time shown on the clock is 2:57.

The Sound of Sadness - S14-E10

Visible crew/equipment: In the foreground, a teakettle on a stove starts whistling. In the background, Jonathan May lights a lantern and walks toward the stove. At the exact moment he lights the lantern, a studio light is turned on and its reflection is visible on the kettle. In addition, the light illuminates a side of the kettle which should be in shadow because of the position of the lantern.

Journey to Terror - S8-E21

Continuity mistake: Joe and his friend load four barrels into the buckboard, but when his friend arrives in town there are only two. When it arrives back at friend's cabin, there are four barrels again. (00:27:00 - 00:28:00)

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A Visit to Upright - S13-E25

Other mistake: Several people, believing a treasure is hidden inside the Trails End saloon, are tearing the wooden building apart. To stop them, Joe pulls out his gun and fires a shot into the ceiling. Even though he held the gun at a 75-degree angle in front of him, the falling dust and plaster land directly on top of his head.

Search in Limbo - S13-E21

Other mistake: The episode opens with Ben Cartwright ascending an outdoor staircase to a land office. The sound of a howling wind can be heard but no dust or leaves are blowing and all the surrounding bushes and trees are motionless.

Blind Hunch - S13-E9

Continuity mistake: Jamie and a blind man are riding side by side on horseback along a trail. Upon hearing the sound of a bird, the blind man identifies it as a black-tailed magpie. Jamie looks up to see the bird. The next shot, obviously from stock footage, shows a bird sitting on a branch of a tree with no leaves. In the scenes with Jamie and the blind man, every tree is fully grown with leaves and there are no bare branches.

A Time to Die - S12-E25

Continuity mistake: April Christopher is asleep in an upstairs bedroom at the Ponderosa. After a noise awakens her, she gets out of bed, puts on a robe and leaves the room. As she is going downstairs, she is suddenly also wearing a pair of blue slippers.

The Silent Killer - S12-E22

Continuity mistake: An influenza epidemic is exacerbated by a very cold windstorm. The wind is obviously created by a wind machine. In all the outdoor scenes, dust and leaves are blowing in the foreground but the trees and bushes in the background are motionless.

Shadow of a Hero - S12-E21

Continuity mistake: During the final minute of this episode, the sound of a roaring wind can be heard. Two close-ups of a statue and a close-up of a boy in the street show swirling dust and leaves. In the long shots, there is no evidence of wind. No dust is blowing and all the trees are completely still.

Shadow of a Hero - S12-E21

Factual error: The wife of a former Civil War general who is being encouraged to run for Governor tells Ben Cartwright, "He's used to being in the spotlight." This series is set in the 1880s and the word "spotlight" did not enter the English language until 1904.

A Matter of Circumstance - S11-E28

Continuity mistake: It is obvious that a wind machine was used in the opening scene. Dust, straw and leaves are blowing across the Ponderosa and trees in the foreground are swaying but the trees in the background are motionless. Two minutes later, a shot of a cloud-filled sky and a flash of lightning is shown and rain starts falling. In the next shot, Joe is inside the barn and sunlight is streaming through the windows even though rain is falling. Joe's horse then gets spooked by a lightning bolt and knocks Joe to the ground. The horse tramples him several times but when Joe is finally able to get up, the back of his shirt and pants are completely clean.

The Lady and the Mark - S11-E18

Continuity mistake: A young woman named Charity is fishing from the shore of a lake. The water is a deep blue color and there are no rocks. When she gets a bite, the close-up shows a fish flopping amid several rocks in shallow blue-green water.

Danger Road - S11-E15

Continuity mistake: Ben Cartwright and a man named Gunny are driving a team of six horses and a wagon in a race with two other men with a six-horse team and wagon. The winner will get a contract to transport mail. During a part of the race which goes through a dense forest of 40-foot-tall pine trees, a close-up of Ben and Gunny shows only blue sky and no trees.

The Wish - S10-E23

Visible crew/equipment: Sam enters the livery stable to confront two men who attacked his son. The next scene, filmed from inside the stable, shows Hoss opening the livery stable door and entering. Two crew members, one wearing a blue T-shirt and white shorts, are visible in the distance. They are standing by what appears to be the framework of a building under construction.

Five Candles - S10-E22

Revealing mistake: The courthouse sits above a mine shaft. Blasting in the mine causes a portion of the courthouse to collapse. Fallen bricks, lumber and other debris trap Ben and four others in the vault room beneath the main floor. The shaking of the vault room was obviously simulated by the cameraman shaking the camera back and forth. The table, chair, books, file box and other objects in the room do not move.

Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds - S10-E17

Other mistake: Candy is fighting with two of Billy Buckner's men outside their mountain cabin. It is obvious that artificial lighting was used because each man casts two shadows.

Little Girl Lost - S10-E8

Other mistake: Calvin Dorcas enters the Ponderosa home and slumps into a chair. Ben asks, "What happened to you?" Calvin explains that he fell into the river while searching for his granddaughter. However, his clothes and his hair are completely dry.

Pride of a Man - S9-E32

Continuity mistake: The schoolhouse has two windows, one on either side of the door. From inside, the view out the windows is of a grove of pine trees. This is obviously a painted backdrop. When the students exit the schoolroom, the nearest tree is a large white-limbed tree with no leaves.

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Revealing mistake: The scene outside the window of the dining room is obviously a painting and it does not match the scenery shown in exterior shots of the home.

The Arrival of Eddie - S9-E30

Revealing mistake: Joe and Eddie are in a corral in a big valley, taking turns trying to tame a horse known as Hammerhead. In the long shots, obviously using stunt doubles atop the horse, Hammerhead is bucking and running. The close-ups of Joe and Eddie show them only from the waist up and they are not moving forward. They are simply bouncing up and down. In addition, the close-ups show only blue sky and not the surrounding hills.

A Bride for Buford - S8-E18

Other mistake: A crowd of men is awaiting the arrival of saloon singer Dolly Bantree. When the stage pulls up, she exits carrying a small bag. Hoss offers to carry her luggage and then is dismayed when the stage pulls away and he sees 20 more bags stacked in the street. The 20 bags were not atop the stage, nor would there have been room for them inside the stage.

The Pursued: Part 1 - S8-E4

Visible crew/equipment: Ben and Hoss, on horseback, are driving a herd of horses down a trail that leads back to the Ponderosa. In a close-up of the two men, the tire tracks of the camera vehicle which is in front of them can be seen on the trail behind them.

The Trouble with Jamie - S7-E25

Continuity mistake: Little Joe is pitching hay into the cattle pen. A load of hay lands on the head of a calf. In the long shot, the calf has no hay on its head. In the next close-up of Joe and the calf, the hay is back. It disappears again in the following long shot.

The Last Mission - S7-E32

Continuity mistake: Near the start, the sarge orders the men to prepare to mount up, the soldiers walk over to the horses, and are ordered to mount. The soldier right behind the main characters starts to mount but has trouble and falls back down. Then they go to a wide angle shot and everyone is mounted.

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The Last Haircut - S4-E19

Audio problem: During the trial of gunslinger Duke Miller for murder you can hear repeated sounds of the gavel being hammered down by the judge. On several of these occasions you hear the gavel but the judge never moves, nor does he have the gavel in his hand.

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The Hostage - S6-E2

Other mistake: A gang kidnaps Ben Cartwright and holds him for ransom. He is chained to a post in an abandoned mine. When the men walk around inside the mine, the sound of their footsteps make it obvious that the floor of the mine is actually plywood covered with a layer of dirt. Additionally, when Ben finishes eating stew that was brought to him and sets the container down, it makes a loud "clunk."

The Roper - S5-E27

Other mistake: Ben and Little Joe do not see the horse belonging to Ben's brother Will, who is staying with the Cartwrights. Joe says, "I'll see if he's in his bedroom." Joe is out of the scene for only five seconds, then returns and says, "He's not there." Five seconds is not nearly enough time to go upstairs, check a bedroom and come back downstairs.

The War Comes to Washoe - S4-E7

Other mistake: In early evening, Hoss and Adam discover the body of a man who had been shot with an arrow and killed. Even though it is still very bright sunlight, Adam lights a match and holds it close to the man's face so he can see who it is, then lights another match so he can read a letter that was in the man's coat pocket.

Dead and Gone - S6-E27

Continuity mistake: When Adam goes after Howard he doesn't have his jacket on. When they sing endless road he is wearing his jacket again.

Dead and Gone - S6-E27

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie, Adam goes from wearing a black shirt to a yellow jacket after he fights the man that stopped the couple on the wagon.

Sam Hill - S2-E34

Other mistake: A windstorm in the opening scene was obviously created by a wind machine. The branches of the trees in front of the Ponderosa are swaying, but no dust or leaves are blowing on the ground, and the trees in the background are motionless.

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Springtime - S3-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Adam is approaching a ranch to evict the residents on behalf of the owner, a white car is visible at the corner of the house. (00:30:40)

Something Hurt, Something Wild - S8-E1

Plot hole: Laurie Ferguson is outside the Ponderosa ranch with Joe Cartwright. In an attempt to frame him for sexually assaulting her, she begins screaming. She emits six loud piercing screams before the scene shifts to Ben, Hoss and her father and brother inside the home. It is not until her seventh scream that the four men look up and start to run outside.

Ride the Wind: Part 1 - S7-E17

Factual error: "Bonanza" is set in the 1860s and the Pony Express mail service operated from 1860 to 1861. In this episode, Curtis Wade and his partner set up a Pony Express office in Virginia City and begin hiring riders. Wade tells them that the job will not be easy, adding, "I won't be giving you sweet cakes and cotton candy." Cotton candy, originally called "Fairy Floss," was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John Wharton.

Hound Dog - S6-E25

Revealing mistake: Near the end of the episode, Tracy Ledbetter is carrying a double barreled shotgun, trying to get her dogs back. There is the sound effect of a shotgun blast, then video of another blast with Hoss running inside the barn. She gets inside the barn and another shot goes off inside without her reloading. How did the third shot come from the gun? It only holds two shells.

terry s

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