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Blazing Saddles (1974) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

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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Anachronisms 

While the building the railroad in the early scenes, jet contrails are visible.
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When the Sheriff rides back to the railroad camp a telephone pole is clearly visible on the ridge behind him.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Mongo is chained to the jail cell, and when Sheriff Bart throws a bucket of water to wake him up, Mongo starts to yawn and innocently breaks free of the chains. The moment immediately before and after the chains break apart, one can clearly detect where the reel has been spliced (probably so the crew could manage the effect of the breakaway chains)
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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.
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When Bart and the Waco Kid are playing chess, looking at the board, the game is not in checkmate.
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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 the fast-draw demonstration in the sheriff's office, Jim tells Bart to put his hands on both sides of the King. But the black King is not on the board. The piece Bart puts his hands around, as well as the one Jim pulls from his holster, is the Bishop. This is evident by the top of the piece, which shows a bishop's miter with cross instead of a crown like the white King, which is on the board.
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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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Continuity 

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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While Taggart and his gang ride into the fake (2 dimensional buildings) Rock Ridge, when Bart and company arrive and the fist fights break out, the buildings are clearly the 3 dimensional set.
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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.
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During the chess playing scene, the number of white pieces on the board goes from 3 to 2.
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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 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.
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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 Hedley Lamarr takes a piece of candy out of the jar on his desk, it is white with several thin red stripes. After he goes to the window and almost chokes on the candy, he spits out a piece that is white with a single thick red stripe.
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The old woman brings Bart a pie, and he starts to place it down when she knocks on the window again. After Bart closes the window and returns to speaking with Jim, the pie is nowhere to be seen.
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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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Right before the thugs pledge their allegiance to Headly they show various people when they show the German soldiers they have their right hands raised then when Headly says raise your hands they raise their left hands just to be told to raise their right hands again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During Lili Von Shtupp's musical performance, the soldier 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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Factual errors 

During the scene where the gunmen are introduced to the Waco Kid, they pull their pistols out to shoot him and the Kid draws and shoots the guns out of each of their hands. The pistols are all single action revolvers which have to be cocked before they can fire and none of them are cocked to shoot at the count of three.
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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.
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Hedy Lamarr's footprints do not appear in the concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
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When Bart first arrives at Rock Ridge, he is already wearing his sheriff badge. As being named sheriff is specific to each town, he would have been given the badge by the town upon his arrival.
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Miscellaneous 

When Lamar is in the tub and wants his froggy, Taggert's gun is caught on his chair and he drags it around while searching for the froggy.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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.
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Since the movie breaks the fourth wall frequently, many crew/equipment visibilities may be deliberate.
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The desk and chair in Gov. LePetomaine's office change throughout the movie. This is probably a gag.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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When the railroad men are "sinking", the bottom of the screen reveals that they are not.
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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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