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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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Factual errors 

Charlton Heston is billed as 'Captain William Frank "Buffalo Bill" Cody. "Buffalo Bill"'s full name was William Frederick Cody.
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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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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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