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(1953)

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Anachronisms 

The setting of the film is the beginning of the Pony Express, which ran from 1860 to 1861. Yet the Californian secessionists who try to stop the Pony Express's first-ever delivery use dynamite, which was not invented until 1867.
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The legendary duel between Yellow Hand and Buffalo Bill took place in 1876, sixteen years after the Pony Express was created.
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The film is set in the 1860's, but the handguns all appear to be using Colt 45 Peacemakers, which weren't developed until the 1870's.
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Continuity 

In a scene where Charlton Heston and Forrest Tucker mount their horses and take out their rifles the action is repeated when the camera cuts to a close up on them.
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4 Indians are seen up on the rocks, yet only 3 are shown chasing the rider.
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Factual errors 

Chief Yellow Hand's name is a mistranslation from the Cheyenne. His real name was Yellow Hair, which ironically was an Indian name for George Armstrong Custer.
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Charlton Heston is billed as 'Captain William Frank "Buffalo Bill" Cody. "Buffalo Bill"'s full name was William Frederick Cody.
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The founders of the Pony Express were not William Cody and James Butler Hickok but William H. Russell, William B. Waddell, and Alexander Majors. Hickok wasn't a rider for the Pony Express he only worked as a stockman
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Plot holes 

The 4 Indians are shown high up on a rock formation looking down on a valley when the rider goes through at full speed riding away from them. They are subsequently shown having overtaken the rider. This would not be possible due to the amount of time it would take them to come down off the rocks and get onto their horses.
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Revealing mistakes 

Even though a great distance was supposed to have been covered, the same relay stations are used in the initial ride regarding the federal slavery bill.
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