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Blazing Saddles (1974) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When the Sheriff rides back to the railroad camp a telephone pole is clearly visible on the ridge behind him.
While the building the railroad in the early scenes, jet contrails are visible.
When Hedley Lamarr sticks his head out the window to ask the hangman about hanging Bart, there's a modern power pole and electrical lines behind the gallows.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Sheriff Bart is making his ride to Rock Ridge and he encounters Count Basie, Basie's band are not playing the music heard on the audio track. This is easily recognized if you watch the band's drummer, who isn't even playing his drum kit, let alone the actual drum patterns heard in the music.
While the cowboys try to get the railroad workers to sing, the cowboys sing and the banjo player plays the banjo but no sound is heard at all.
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During the destruction of the Fake Rock Ridge, Taggart yells, "It's a fake! We've been suckered in!", but his mouth does not move.
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No surprise that Lily is lip syncing, but it is really obvious as she emerges from behind the curtain. She is singing the word "hound", but her lips don't match that word.
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Character error 

Toward the end of the film, when the fight spills onto the other set, at one point, it spills into the street. Participants in the scene are seen running out of the studio and around the street corner. As the shot pulls back to follow Hedly looking for a cab, the runners can be seen in the background, slowing to a walk, apparently thinking they are no longer visible. Once they realize they are still in the shot, they begin to run again.
When the "bad guys" are about to shoot Bart, whom they have just learned is the new sheriff, they are all on horseback and aiming their handguns, which are all uncocked and cannot shoot.
When Bart and the Waco Kid are playing chess, looking at the board, the game is not in checkmate.

Continuity 

When the old woman brings a pie to Sheriff Bart, she places the pie on the window ledge. The camera goes to the Waco Kid and then back to the old woman as you see her put it on the ledge again.
When Hedley re-emerges from the bathroom, we see that he has gotten hit in the face with a pie while in there and there is only a small portion of whipped cream on his face. However, when we see him hailing down a taxi in the next scene, there is a full, even layer of whipped cream on his face.
Towards the end of the movie, Taggart kicks over a building and discovers the town is fake. Soon thereafter, the building, "Livery and Saddle Shop", is shown back upright and is then blown up.
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When Bart arrives in Rock Ridge and the "Welcome Sheriff" banner retracts, it flips once, leaving some of the writing still visible. When Bart walks over to unfurl it again, it is neatly closed with no writing visible.
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Right before, and during, the singing of "Camptown Ladies", the cowboy behind Lyle and to his left (our right) is wearing a white jacket that goes from being buttoned to un-buttoned to buttoned several times.
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When Bart first arrives in town in the desert, the wind is blowing and you can see a rubber band holding his cowboy hat in place. When he gets to town, the rubber band is gone.
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When the cowboys ride into the fake town, the buildings are simply facades. After Jim fires the gun and sets off the dynamite. The townspeople run in to "finish them off", the buildings are real.
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When Bart and Charlie exit the chain gang scene on the handcar to check out the quicksand up ahead, they are singing "Camptown Ladies" in Bb. The next shot shows them continuing to pump away on the handcar but the key has sharpened to C.
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Factual errors 

Hedy Lamarr's footprints do not appear in the concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Miscellaneous 

When Olson Johnson addresses the congregation after the attack of Taggart's men, he hails the children present there; however, there are no children present in that scene.
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During Lili Von Shtupp's musical performance, the solider that provides a chair for her to rest in, throws his rifle down on the ground when explaining how "tired" she is. The rifle hits the stage floor and slides, bursting the stage light in front of him. The sound of the light exploding can be heard through the singing and music.
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The movie lists Don Megowan as the gum chewer in Hedley Lamarr's line of villains. Actually, the gum chewer is _John Alderson (I)_ and Megowan was the big guy who went on stage to accost Lili Von Shtupp and got a knee in the groin. Both Alderson and Megowan were fixtures in '50s and '60s westerns.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Since the movie breaks the fourth wall frequently, many crew/equipment visibilities may be deliberate.
In the sign up scene, Hedley Lamarr fires a two shot Derringer three times without reloading. This is a parody of a common "western" goof.
The desk and chair in Gov. LePetomaine's office change throughout the movie. This is probably a gag.
During the Chess game, the Waco Kid's right hand is steady as a rock, but he says he shoots with his fluttering left hand. But later in the movie when he detonates the dynamite, he shoots with his right hand. His attitude during the discussion during the Chess game suggests he's telling a tall tale.
When the camera is panning past the bikers who are waiting to apply for the army to take down Rock Ridge, the one on the left moves the handlebars a little too high and you can see that they aren't actually connected to anything. This is not a revealing mistake, but a deliberate sight gag which showed the two "biker cowboys" who have chopper handlebars connected to not to a motorcycle, but to their holster belts, which was obviously shown on purpose as part of the gag, and which was just one of many sight gags seen while the camera pans down the line.
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Revealing mistakes 

Toward the end of the movie when we see the marquee at Grauman's Chinese Theater, the title "Blazing Saddles" jumps on the marquee, showing it was superimposed on the film and not actually on the marquee.
When the railroad men are "sinking", the bottom of the screen reveals that they are not.
When Mongo bursts into the saloon, the view of the street behind him is revealed to be a painted backcloth when his shadow falls on it.
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After Bart and Charlie have "sunken" into the quicksand and off the bottom of the screen, the light on the backdrop can be seen to fluctuate, indicating a large reflector that was not properly secured.
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