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  • Season 1 Episode 23: Bitter Wine

  • (Continuity error) When Paladin borrows a horse to ride into town, we see him on what looks like (in black and white) a brown horse with a black tail. When he returns, he is riding an all-black horse.

  • (Nitpick) Gorman claims later to have shot the scaloppine after one taste, but the pan that Paladin picks up is empty, and, in fact, looks clean.

  • Season 1 Episode 22: The Singer

  • (goof) When Rod and Paladin confront Pete, Rod says that he's going to see "Peg" in what is clearly a dubover voice.

  • Two "firsts" for this series. We learn that Paladin speaks Chinese, at least enough to communicate with Hey Boy. We also find him, rather scandalously, entertaining a young woman in his suite (although he promptly escorts her out for a evening at the Barbary Coast, leaving the rest of their activities to the viewer's imagination).

  • (goof) After Paladin comes busting out of the barn with the wagon, there's a blanket in the back of the wagon. In the next shot he's got a different wagon and there's a box where the blanket is supposed to be. In the next shot, he's back to the first wagon with the blanket in the back.

  • Season 1 Episode 21: The Bostonian

  • Although Luis Gomez's character is credited as "Jose" at the end, all of the characters call him "Guillermo."

  • (nitpick) The Princes' one ranchhand, a Mexican, is dumped on their doorstep, tarred and feathered, and shows up the next day perfectly fine (and ready to be shot). Tarring and feathering, which sounds like a light-hearted (albeit humiliating) prank, was actually a savage and potentially lethal act. The tar had to be heated before it could be poured on a victim. Being coated in clinging hot tar resulted in second- and third-degree burns, which, if extensive enough, could kill.

  • (goof) As Paladin turns the cattle stampede backwards, you can see a rather large truck in the background.

  • Season 1 Episode 20: The Last Laugh

  • When Paladin hands Gil his card, the close-up has Gil holding the card parallel with the ground. The camera then cuts to a medium shot, and Gil is instantly holding it at a 45 degree angle to the ground and tilted away from him.

  • Season 1 Episode 19: The High-Graders

  • The governor is identified at the end as Irwin, meaning he is William Irwin, who served between 1875 and 1880. That would place the time period of this episode sometime in those five years.

  • At the beginning of the episode, at the tailor shop, the camera pans in on a completed garment with a note pinned to it: Mr. Leland Stanford. Leland Stanford (March 9, 1824--June 21, 1893) was the eighth governor of California (January 10 1862--December 10 1863). He later became a senator (1885-1893). He moved to San Francisco in 1874 and founded Stanford University in 1885. He is also the man who commissioned Eadweard Muybridge to determine, using new camera technology, if a galloping horse ever had all four feet off the ground (it does). Muybridge's means of capturing this information led to the birth of the film industry.

  • (goof) There is a scene where Paladin and "The Jockey" almost simultaneously draw their guns against a small band of men from a rival mine. The draw is shown in close-up, but when the camera angle switches to a long view, the two are still in the process of drawing.

  • Season 1 Episode 18: The Reasonable Man

  • At the barbershop, Paladin smears shaving cream on Grady's head. There is one smear far back on the left side of Grady's head on his hair. Paladin grabs him by the head and his left hand is parallel with Grady's neck, his thumb in the air on top of the smear. In the next shot, Paladin's hand instantly rotates 90 degrees and the smear is now much further forward on Grady's hair, with Paladin's fingers all on top of it.

  • When Grady and Frank talk, Grady rides over to Frank and his left hand is on the saddlehorn and his right hand is on top of it. The camera cuts to a reverse shot and Grady's right hand immediately goes under the left.

  • Season 1 Episode 17: Ella West

  • When Paladin tells Ella, "Find some man who wants the smell of a stable," Ella is a couple of feet away from him and crouched down. Then there's a closeup of Paladin and Ella is nowhere in the frame. In the next shot, Ella has instantly crossed the distance and is standing up, only a couple of inches from Paladin's face.

  • Season 1 Episode 16: Helen of Abajinian

  • (nitpick) During the scene where Paladin is negotiating his fee, his left hand is propping his chin. When the camera angle changes, his hand is suddenly on the table.

  • Paladin is playing fast and loose with his quotations. The one by Alphonse de Lamartine should be "There's a woman at the beginning of all great things," not "the start". I could not find reference to "Heaven's best gift" by Shelley, although I found "Heaven's last, best gift"--by Milton. The quote "We are indebted to women first for life itself, and then for making it worth living" is accurate--but it's by Mary McLeod Bethune, born in 1875, who served as an adviser to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The quote "All men who avoid female society have gross tastes" I could not find at all, under William Makepeace Thackeray or anyone else.

  • Season 1 Episode 15: The Hanging Cross

  • (goof) Paladin suggests they sing Joy to the World, and everyone agrees. However, they then immediately start singing The First Noel in chorus.

  • Johnny Crawford (Robbie) was one of the original Mouseketeers.

  • Season 1 Episode 14: The Yuma Treasure

  • (Nitpick) The title of this episode should be "The Maricopas Treasure". The Yuma are related to the Maricopas, but they are not actually involved in the episode.

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