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Stagecoach (1939) Poster

(1939)

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Anachronisms 

Tire treads are visible in the ruts the stagecoach wheels are following.
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When Plummer's poker hand (aces and eights, the dead man's hand) is shown in close-up, the ace of spades shows that the deck is a Bee brand deck of cards, first produced in 1892 by the U.S. Playing Card Co. (Hence the "92" on the ace.) The movie takes place in approximately 1880, so these cards would not yet be available.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

As Dallas announces "It's a little girl", her lips don't move.
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Character error 

At Apache Wells where Chris rushes in to wake the Marshal to say his wife has run off, the Marshal and Ringo Kid are chained together at the ankle. The Marshal delivers his line but moves his chained leg too far, jerking the chains around Ringo's ankle. Ringo yelps and grabs his ankle. As the Marshal turns toward Ringo to undo the chains, the Marshal is clearly struggling not to break up laughing as Ringo glares at him.
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Continuity 

In the begining of the film, when the stagecoach is going into Tonto street, we see its shadow to one side. In the next shot the shadow is on the other side.
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In the fight between the stagecoach's passengers and the Indians, we see the same image of one Indian, with a lance in his hand, falling with his horse two times. One time shot by Marshal Curly and another time shot by Hatfield.
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While the stage is at the ferry, Curly tells Buck to drive the stage into the river. The next shot shows Curly tying down one of the floats on the river bank.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As the stagecoach crosses the river at the burnt out ferry, the shadow of a camera is clearly visible on the driver's back.
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Factual errors 

In the initial Indian attack, Curley uses his shotgun (which is also sawed off, as was the convention to serve as a "scatter gun" to spray buckshot). He manages to kill two Indians with two shots. These Indians are extremely out of range for the weapon.
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Miscellaneous 

When Luke Plummer's girlfriend tosses him a rifle from the balcony, we see Luke say the word "Thanks" but his voice is not heard on the soundtrack.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the beginning sequence when the stage is coming into town you can see that the buildings are stage facades as the camera shot is at an angle and it is clear there is no structure behind the false front.
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