Pacific Treefrog Calls Used Incorrectly In Movies

by satantango&cash | created - 10 Nov 2013 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

None of these comments should contain any plot spoilers but if you are spoiler phobic just look at the movie titles.

The "rib-it, rib-it" calls of the Pacific Treefrog have been used since sound was first added to movies, usually as the sound of nighttime, but sometimes during daylight to show that there is water nearby. (You can hear the calls here: http://www.californiaherps.com/sounds/ptfrogsimdb.mp3)

When you hear background sounds in a movie, most of the time they were not recorded with the picture, they were added later. Pacific Treefrogs are the frogs you hear at night in southern California where most movies used to be made. When Hollywood sound recordists went outside the studios at night to record nocturnal sounds, Pacific Treefrogs are the frogs they recorded added later to the sound tracks of so many films. These sounds also ended up in pre-recorded sound effects collections. This set a precedent for what nighttime sounds like in movies.

But actually Pacific Treefrogs are not found east of the Rocky Mountains and cannot be heard in the wild anywhere outside of the western part of North America. Since most film sound design is concerned with what the audience expects to hear, not with what one can really hear at a location, and since the precedent of hearing Pacific Treefrogs calling everywhere at night was set long ago, the mistake continues today.

I'm not trying to be the sound effects police with this list; hearing these frogs calling in the wrong place doesn't ruin a movie for me at all, and it shouldn't for anybody. I just like to make lists. And I should point out that I have probably watched thousands of films that did not use the sounds incorrectly.

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1. Charley Varrick (1973)

PG | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 9,118

Somewhere in New Mexico at night we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in New Mexico.

2. Hud (1963)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 16,844 | Gross: $10.00M

At night in rural Texas we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Texas.

3. The Lady Eve (1941)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 16,559

During scenes at night outside a mansion somewhere in Connecticut we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Connecticut.

4. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 35,806 | Gross: $29.13M

At night in West Texas when a car is driving by a lake we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Texas.

5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

99 Metascore

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 96,238 | Gross: $5.01M

In the mountains of Mexico, during scenes at night we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Mexico outside of Baja California.

6. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 9,428 | Gross: $0.44M

During a night in Palm Beach, Florida, we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Florida.

7. Witness (1985)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Josef Sommer

Votes: 74,675 | Gross: $68.71M

Set in Amish country in Northeast of the United State. At night we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling along with other frog sounds. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in that part of the country.

8. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 80,285

When a bus stops in the country at night somewhere between Florida and New York we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found on the east coast.

9. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 151,254 | Gross: $13.30M

Takes place in Waco Texas but several times we hear choruses of Pacific Treefrogs. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Texas.

10. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 55,053

We hear choruses of Pacific Treefrogs in the daytime near a river in South Dakota. Pacific Treefrogs are not found South Dakota.

11. Gilda (1946)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 23,471

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, at night we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Argentina.

12. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 257,409

The film is set in Alabama. At night we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Alabama.

13. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 26,302 | Gross: $24.06M

During a heat wave in Florida we hear lots of Pacific Treefrogs calling along with Pig frogs and other native Florida frogs. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Florida.

14. Leaves of Grass (2009)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Henry Max Nelson, Lucy DeVito

Votes: 25,245 | Gross: $0.07M

During the day at a lake in Oklahoma where Edward Norton is watching Keri Russel noodling for catfish, we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Oklahoma.

15. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 77,169 | Gross: $37.56M

During a night scene at Glades prison in Florida during a prison break we hear a small chorus of Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Florida.

16. Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 27,400 | Gross: $4.50M

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine stop outside her house at night somewhere in England and we hear a chorus of Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in England.

17. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 159,782 | Gross: $132.09M

At the beginning of the film, at night in Indiana, when small flying saucers are being seen flying near a road, we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Indiana.

18. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 251,492 | Gross: $45.51M

Somewhere in the South, Everett and Delmar wake up on the banks of a stream and find only Pete's clothing spread out on the ground as if he had evaporated. A leopard frog crawls out of Pete's clothing and Delmar thinks it's Pete who has been turned into a "toad" as they continue to call it throughout the movie. As it hops into the water it makes the sound of a Pacific Treefrog. Delmar catches it and keeps it in a box until Big Dan the bible salesman Cyclops squashes the frog in his hand and throws it at a tree. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in the South. Leopard frogs don't sound like Pacific Treefrogs.

19. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, War

After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest

Votes: 5,948

We hear a chorus of Pacific Treefrogs at night from the front porch and street in the town of Morgan's Creek, and outside of town, which is in an unknown state in the Midwest. At one point, the daughter tells her father she hears a siren and he tells her it's a "tree toad." Pacific Treefrogs are not found in the Midwest.

20. A Shot in the Dark (1964)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery

70 Metascore

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom

Votes: 22,240 | Gross: $12.37M

We hear Pacific Treefrogs several times during night scenes at a millionaire's mansion in Paris. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in France.

21. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 85,449 | Gross: $26.12M

In the opening scene of helicopters flying at night over the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam we hear a chorus of Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Viet Nam.

22. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 31,956 | Gross: $20.00M

During night scenes at a homestead next to a river in Wyoming we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling in the distance. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Wyoming.

23. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 90,256 | Gross: $0.23M

The Writer and the Scientist have just snuck into the Zone with the help of the Stalker. It is morning near water when we hear a few Pacific Treefrogs calling. We hear them once again in daylight when they are farther into the Zone. I don't think we know exactly where the Zone is, but the film was made in Russia by Russians, and Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Russia. I don't know Russian frog calls either, so it's possible there is one that sounds like the PT frog, but that is unlikely.

24. Red River (1948)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan

Votes: 24,178

John Waye and Walter Brennan camp next to the Red River on the Texas/Oklahoma border. At night we hear a chorus of Pacific Treefrogs. We hear them later at night when the cattle drive gets back to the Red River and when they are camped in Oklahoma. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Texas or Oklahoma.

25. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 70,038

Somewhere in Texas, some men are sneaking up on an Indian camp at night, wading across a small body of water, and we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling, with the typical loud low-pitched one in the foreground. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Texas. And Monument Valley is not found in Texas, either.

26. The Stranger (1946)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 15,676

Pacific Treefrogs are heard calling at night in the woods near a small town in Connecticut when a group of men are searching for a dead body and during other night scenes. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Connecticut.

27. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

77 Metascore

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they serve in and try to survive World War II.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 16,897

At night at a forest somewhere in Czechoslovakia during the war we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Czechoslovakia.

28. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Passed | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis

Votes: 13,402 | Gross: $0.33M

At a house somewhere in France, a maid opens a window at night and we hear the sound of a few Pacific Treefrogs for a few seconds. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in France.

29. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

R | 104 min | Drama

Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau

Votes: 1,790 | Gross: $2.00M

Pacific Treefrogs are heard calling at night in many scenes. The movie was filmed and probably set in New Hampshire where Pacific Treefrogs are not found.

30. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 23,387

At night in the town of Hillsboro, when the preacher is giving a speech, we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling in the background. The film is based on the Scopes Monkey trial which took place in Dayton, Tennessee, so I assume Hillsboro is in Tennessee. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Tennessee.

31. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 542,861 | Gross: $56.67M

At night on a plantation in Georgia, when Solomon goes outside to write a letter, we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Georgia.

32. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke

Votes: 5,029

We hear lots of Pacific Treefrogs calling near a lake in Florida. We see Cane Toads -(Rhinella marinus) calling like Pacific Treefrogs, with the calls synced to the movement of the toads' throats as they are breathing to make it look like they're calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Florida, and Cane toads do not sound like Pacific Treefrogs. Other than that, everything else in this film is 100 percent scientifically accurate... ... ...

33. Venomous (2001 Video)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Mutant snakes survived a terrorist attack on a government laboratory, and they now threaten the town of Santa Mira Springs, California. Seismic activity has brought snakes to the surface, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Treat Williams, Mary Page Keller, Hannes Jaenicke, Catherine Dent

Votes: 798

At a backyard pond at night in the Mojave Desert we see a female bullfrog and hear the sound of a Pacific Treefrog calling, before, Spoiler Alert!, one of the genetically-mutated killer rattlesnakes gets it.

34. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,139,505 | Gross: $162.81M

This film, set mostly in the antebellum South, gets credit for using location-accurate frog calls in most places - Green Treefrogs, Cricket Frogs, Spring Peepers, etc., but they can't resist throwing in some Pacific Treefrogs too. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in the South.

35. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 43,611

In the Texas panhandle we see a leopard frog from behind and we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Then we hear more PT frogs calling as we see elk feeding in a wetland. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Texas.

36. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 69,012 | Gross: $2.38M

Pacific Treefrogs are heard at night near an isolated lake somewhere in Korea, where they are not to be found. It's possible there are frogs in Korea with a similar call, but I doubt it.

37. Stray Dog (1949)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

Votes: 12,539

We hear a chorus of Pacific Treefrogs calling loudly at night at a detective's home in the country near Tokyo, Japan. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Japan.

38. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado

Votes: 15,518

As several people on a raft float down a river somewhere in New Mexico in daylight we hear a small chorus of Pacific Treefrogs. There are no Pacific Treefrogs in New Mexico.

39. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 770,723 | Gross: $408.01M

We hear Pacific Treefrogs calling in the background in the countryside during the games. The location where the games are held is not mentioned, but it does not seem to be west of the Rocky Mountains where these frogs occur. Some people think the location is in Canada, and PT frogs do occur on the west coast of Canada, but that is doubtful since the Capital is in the Rockies, and Katniss' district is in the Appalachians.

40. Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Passed | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer

Votes: 5,549

Gary Cooper and his family are Quakers who live on a farm in southern Indiana. At night we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Indiana.

41. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 20,399

This takes place somewhere close to Cleveland and Kentucky, probably east of the Mississippi River. When a man dumps a corpse in a river at night, we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs do not occur east of the Rocky Mountains.

42. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 4,746

At night, a thug jumps off a getaway truck that drove into the country from Kansas City and we hear Pacific Treefrogs calling. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Missouri or Kansas.

43. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 10,148

We see Bette Davis walking through a swamp at night somewhere near New Orleans, and, in a lousy example of sound design, we hear a single Pacific Treefrog Calling and repeated again and again. After a series of calls, there is an unnatural sound as if the frog was cut off in mid call, making it obvious that the sound effect was looped. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Louisiana.

44. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden

Votes: 5,932

At night in Paris Emile Zola runs down stairs after a woman who jumped into the Seine. We hear Pacific Treefrogs in the background when he talks to a homeless man. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in France.

45. Wanda (1970)

GP | 102 min | Crime, Drama

In the coal mining region of Pennsylvania, Wanda Goronski is constantly drinking to shut out the problems in her life. Having deserted her husband and infant children, Wanda sleeps on her ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Loden | Stars: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes

Votes: 1,804

We hear Pacific Treefrogs calling at night in Pennsylvania where Pacific Treefrogs are not found.

46. Lonesome Dove (1989)

TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 17,500

We hear Pacific Treefrog calling sounds at night outside a saloon in Lonesome Dove in south Texas, and also at night somewhere in east Texas. Pacific Treefrogs are not found anywhere in Texas.

47. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

G | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman, Chuck Pierce Jr.

Votes: 2,346

We hear bullfrogs and Pacific Treefrogs calling from an Arkansas swamp. Pacific Treefrogs are not found in Arkansas.

48. You Only Live Once (1937)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon

Votes: 4,624

Henry Fonda and his new wife are honeymooning outside their hotel room at night somewhere in a rural area outside a big city. We hear Pacific Treefrogs calling, but when we see several frogs, which are supposed to be the ones we hear calling, we see American Bullfrogs, not Pacific Treefrogs. We don't know exactly where the couple is staying, but they must be somewhere on the east coast where Pacific Treefrogs do not occur, because they had the option to get on a boat to Havana and they were trying to cross the Canadian border. The only other possible place is Washington State, but it's very unlikely they could catch a boat to Cuba from there in 1936. At any rate, bullfrogs do not sound anything like Pacific Treefrogs.

49. The Holy Mountain (1973)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9