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  • Season 3 Episode 32: Ambush

  • (goof) When Paladin is facing Devereaux across the table, the pistol on the table keeps flip-flopping back and forth. From behind Devereaux it's lying on it's left side. When the view changes to from behind Paladin, it's on it's right side. And back and forth it goes.

  • Season 3 Episode 31: Never Help the Devil

  • When Paladin rides into town, he passes a sign reading "Crescent City." Later, when Kramer calls him over to the hotel, the name of the building is the "Junction City Hotel."

  • (Nitpick) During the gunfight scene, Kramer is seen with his hands well out to the sides. The camera angle changes to the back--showing both gunmen--and Kramer's hands are dangling loosely down. The next instant, his hands are held out to the sides again.

  • Season 3 Episode 29: An International Affair

  • While the Hawaiians are listed in the credits as Princess Molokai and Hilo (a Hawaiian island and city, respectively), in the actual episode they are called Princess Mapuana and Prince Kimo.

  • Season 3 Episode 28: Love of a Bad Woman

  • When Paladin first arrives at the Diamond S ranch, he comes up near the veranda and parks his horse, then enters the house--to find the foyer jammed full of men. However, there were no other horses, carriages, buggies, or buckboards tethered outside. How did the men get there?

  • Season 3 Episode 26: Fight at Adobe Wells

  • Quanah Parker was an actual historic personage. He was born around 1850 and died in 1911. Never captured by the Army, he eventually surrendered. Col. Ranald S. MacKenzie appointed him to be a reservation judge, and he later addressed Congress regarding Indians' rights.

  • Season 3 Episode 22: The Ledge

  • (goof) Throughout the episodes, all the long shots of the injured man have shown him lying with his feet toward the cliff and his head pointing outward and to the left from above. When Stark climbs down and examines him, the man is lying parallel to the cliff with his head pointing to the right from above.

  • (goof) During the final climb as the four men lower Stark, in the long shots there are no cliffs behind Stebbins at the top. It looks like they are on the top of a hill. However, in the closeups and in the previous establishing shots, not only is there a high cliff wall, but the injured men fell from a much higher point, none of which are visible in the long shots.

  • (goof) When showing the men on the side of the cliff during the final climb, Stebbins isn't anywhere near the rope in the long shots. He can't be helping to belay the doctor on the end if he isn't even touching the rope. In the closeup shots, he is seen holding the rope. Also, Corey's position on the cliff and his grip on the rope change. In the long shots, he is facing to the side and holding the rope from the side. In the closeups, he is facing down the cliff and holding the rope beneath his arms.

  • Season 3 Episode 21: Night the Town Died

  • (Goof) During the opening credits, Richard Boone paraphrases a quote from later in the episode, as usual. He says, "Which one are you, Frazier? The one who put the rope around Aaron Bell's neck? Or did you just cheer and wait for the trap to fall?" The reference should have been to Paul Bell, the man who was actually lynched. (The dialogue in the episode did not, in fact, mention a name; Paladin simply referred to "his" neck.)

  • Season 3 Episode 19: Jenny

  • (Continuity error) Paladin hears Jenny cry out his name and goes dashing up the hill to the mine. As he nears the top, we see him pull out his gun. As he pauses outside the mine entrance, we see him draw his gun again.

  • (Continuity error)
    In Mr. Carruthers' cabin, near the end of the meal, Carruthers picks up a large pickle from a plate. He holds it for several moments as they talk, then reaches for a bite--but the whole pickle suddenly has a large bite out of it already.

  • (Continuity error) Near the end of the episode, the escaping Jenny flags down a stagecoach. As she opens the door, we can see people seated on the forward-facing seat. She gets in, sits, and reaches out to pull the door closed. This places her on the backwards-facing seat, next to the door she entered by. When the camera switches to an interior shot, she is suddenly on the far side of the seat. If she had had to squeeze past Paladin to sit down, surely she would have recognized him.

  • Season 3 Episode 18: The Pledge

  • They show a nice attention for realistic detail. At the end of the episode, Paladin had been wounded in the leg, and the bandage is visible as he limps to his horse. Once mounted, he's a good distance from the camera, and it's only seen briefly, but the bandage already shows blood seeping through.

  • Season 3 Episode 17: Day of the Badman

  • (Goof) When Paladin agrees to take Travis/Laredo with him, he addresses Cynthia Palmer as "Miz Perkins". Perkins is Laredo's last name.

  • Season 3 Episode 14: The Naked Gun

  • The episode title "The Naked Gun" refers to Rook's gimmick of carrying his gun hooked directed onto his belt, rather than sheathed in a holster. This allegedly makes it quicker to draw.

  • There is a continuity error that cannot be accounted for with stock footage. For his trip to Portland, Paladin is riding one of his familiar mounts--a dark horse with two rear white feet. We see him riding it as he comes up to Rook's camp, as he rides to Monk's rescue, and as they continue on away from Rook and his men. Monk rides a solid dark horse. After Monk clobbers Paladin and steals his gun, we see Paladin the next morning, riding in pursuit, still on his white-footed mount. However, when they cut to the scene where Paladin comes riding up to where Monk has tethered his horse, he is riding Monk's solid dark horse and his own white-footed horse is the one that is tethered. After Monk shoots the two men and he and Paladin leave the area, they are back on their own horses, and remain so for the remainder of the episode.

  • Season 3 Episode 11: Tiger

  • (Nitpick) The circus men can't seem to make up their minds as to the gender of their tiger--first they refer to it as "she" and "her". After Paladin comments on how old, toothless, and helpless it is, they say that he should not insult "Johnny" to "his" face.

  • Season 3 Episode 9: The Black Hankerchief

  • (Nitpick) If you watch closely when Paladin discovers the hole cut in his newspaper, you will note that the hole at first corresponds with the size of the clipping Hey Boy has. However, when Paladin pushes his fingers through the hole, it has almost doubled in size.

  • Season 3 Episode 8: The Unforgiven

  • (Goof) Paladin quotes a stanza from Robert Browning's introduction to "La Saisiaz" (1877), but he inverts the first two lines, saying "Best to forget/Good to forgive". The actual stanza is:
    "Good to forgive
    Best, to forget!
    Living, we fret
    Dying, we live."

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Classics, bloody and violent, characters with double lives, failed crime, for the nostalgic