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The 1870's...even though slavery was illegal, blacks were persecuted a lot. One of the prizefighters was black. Nobody seemed to treat him badly in any way. Nothing. That's great that the denizens of 1870's Dodge City weren't prejudiced, but is that perhaps anachronistic?
It looks to me that Cyrus Degler was using a long, thick whip on Quint. Wouldn't a whip to the face leave SOME sort of mark or scar? Later in the show we see that Quint is completely healed.
During the scene in which the Old Man is hanged, notice the banner in the background that says "Hayes City." Hays City, Kansas has no "E" in it!
When Tony is unexpectedly hanged by Joe, his hands aren't tied together. Couldn't he have used his hands to undo the noose? Or, at least, delay his death for a while?
When the "old man" (who doesn't look all that old) first rips Dillon's sleeve to tend to the gunshot wound, look closely as the scene fades. I can't see an wound...only blood on the sleeve!
When Matt is checking the register at the Dodge House, the camera shows a close up of the register. The dates in the one column are 6/30, 6/31, and 7/1. The goof is that June (the 6th month) only has 30 days - the date of 6/31 doesn't exist!
In the cast list above it is indicated that Hal Needham plays the character Charlie, but neither the actor or the character is listed in the credits.
This is really nitpicky, but notice when Matt sits down at the Long Branch to first talk to Anderson...the table tilts up a bit!
This is one of the few episodes which features an actual historical figure. The show generally avoided the use of such people in its plots, although references were sometimes made in passing.
Matt is supposed to have a badly bruised arm, and Doc tells him he'll have very little use of it until it heals. Yet, except for once in a while when he grabs it in pain, he is shown using that arm freely, even holding things in the hand he says he can't close all the way.
The perfume the girl is wearing, La Belle Dame, is an oblique literary reference to the poem by Keats titled La Belle Dame Sans Merci which is about a knight who has been poisoned by his lover. The reference is eerily appropriate for the girl wearing it.
This is quite nitpicky, but when Festus says, "Hey, Matthew," in the Long Branch as Matt comes in, the timing seems off. It seems like Festus said it too early.
Sam pours a draft beer with about four inches of foam. He sets it on the bar. The camera angle switches, and Matt immediately picks up the beer with a perfect half inch head. This isn't the first time. It happened a lot in the old black & whites.
When Jeb rides off to "pretty himself up" Festus says to Matt, "Do you reckon old Jed really has got all that gold, Matthew?" The error is: he should have said "Jeb" instead of "Jed."
After getting shot by Thornton, Lukes goes after him, but leaves his gun. On the ride to get Thornton, Luke still has no gun. But when doc brings him to town Luke has his gun on when being helped off the buggy.
In the scene where Kitty and Festus are on horseback with nooses around their necks. Matt comes in shooting and spooks the horses. The horse Festus was on backed up a little to far. If you watch close you will see Festus reach up and grab the rope around his neck when his hands were supposed to be tied. The next scene his hands are still tied. I figure the rope got a little tight around Kens neck and his hand naturally grabbed the rope.
In an interview Leonard Nimoy said this was his last guest starring role before shooting "Star Trek".
I think this applies to all of the later episodes. While watching the TV Land "First" episode tonight, I noticed during the closing credits that the Kansas River cutoff of the north east corner of the Kansas map was missing. In the end credits, the rifles are on the right side of the screen and the map is on the left on adjoining walls. So I backed up and watched the fight scene in the last act. When the camera pans around the Marshal's office, the guns are on the left side and the map on the right.
The goof is that in the credits, for whatever reason, they used a mirror of the set--it's backwards!
goof: Thad calls the blacksmith, Mr. Stuck, instead of Mr. Struck.
Goof: The bruises on Lori's arms disappear after the scene in which Doc has tended the wounded bandit, even though only a few hours have gone by.
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gritty crime scenarios, fight for survival, bloody and violent, 60s, prostitution