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The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The suspenders that are worn by Amos and Theodore are not period for 1878. Also the bandanas that are worn by the main cast members are also not period for 1878.
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Early on, the Sheriff states that Quake City was built on a fault line. Professor Lawson who first named the San Andreas Fault in 1895, did not identify it as running all the way through Southern California and for this to be the root cause of large-scale land movement causing quakes until 1906. Likewise, it seems stunningly unlikely that a local sheriff would have had leading-edge, technical knowledge of geological plate tectonics that would have been worthy of a PhD in this era.
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On the DVD, when the kids set off the musical machine, the banjo has a REMO head on it. REMO was not around in the 1800's.
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Character error 

When Amos and Theodore are handling the dynamite, they keep saying it will go off if it hits the floor. This is a flawed way of thinking. Dynamite requires a special chemical reaction to be set off, hitting the floor is not enough. However in a previous scene, the bank owner proclaims that the dynamite is "sweating" meaning that a simple drop could set it off.
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Continuity 

The mine suffers substantial damage as a result of a violent earthquake, yet the local town which consists almost entirely of rickety wood buildings, suffers no apparent damage whatsoever.
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When Frank Stillwell first enters the bank to rob it, he is holding a small pistol (possibly a Derringer). But once inside his gun changes to a full-size revolver.
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Near the end, when Donovan and Dusty both land into the river embraced to each other, their hats topple off, and sail away downstream, where Donovan and Dusty would not be able to catch them in time. In the next scene (where they are kissing while standing in the water), their hats are placed back on their heads again just the way they were, as if they had never fallen off.
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During the opening credits, Magnolia's seat position on the stagecoach keeps changing. During long shots, she is seated on the right side of the stagecoach; during close-ups she is seated on the left side of the coach.
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When Donovan and Stillwell are riding the fire wagon in the river, there is a quick shot in which there is no one on the wagon, but moments later the two are on the wagon again.
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When Theodore and Amos attempt to reach the bank roof by ladder, part of it is left hanging from the roof after it breaks. Shortly afterwards when Theodore goes up by rope, the broken ladder is gone.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the children are riding the run-away coal car, dummies are visible in the coal car.
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When Magnolia saddles her horse to chase Stillwell, the body double is a man.
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When Donovan and Stillwell are riding in the run-away fire wagon, dummies are visible.
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