The Lone Ranger

Continuity mistake: At the start of the train chase Tonto blows the whistle as he passes the bad guy who says "shoot him you idiot". The soldier opens fire with the machine gun and Tonto is suddenly back in front and passing him again. (02:03:35)

Factual error: When the lone ranger fires his guns at the train he shoots over 20 times, despite using a 6 shooter. Likewise when Fuller is shooting at Tonto through the roof. (02:06:55 - 02:07:30)

Factual error: About 3/4 of the way through, a scene shows two trains facing each other, and a band plays "Stars and Stripes Forever" a famous march composed by John Phillip Sousa. However, this march was not composed until 1896, 27 years after the scene supposedly takes place (1869).

Factual error: Tonto explains to a boy how he showed two men the location of rich silver deposits in exchange for a cheap watch from Sears Roebuck. The scene is to have taken place when Tonto was child, which would be several years prior to 1869, when Tonto was an adult. However, Sears Robuck was not founded until 1886, many years after the story could have taken place.

Continuity mistake: When Tonto is burying the Rangers he brushes dirt on top of John Reid, but after "Silver" arrives and they show his body again the dirt is gone. (00:43:25)

Continuity mistake: During the liberation of Cavendish, John Reid sees the shadow of a man on the roof beside the train. But in all the other shots in these scene, the shadows are underneath the people. (00:14:00)


Continuity mistake: At the start of the train chase the woman falls off the side of the steam engine - it cuts to the bad guy standing at the front on the cow catcher and he shouts "get me close." The other bad guy speeds up the train - it cuts to Tonto looking at the train and we see the bad guy climbing down onto the cow catcher, despite already standing on it in the earlier shot.

Other mistake: When the Lone Ranger is on the roof of the train he shoots at Fuller, who is uncoupling the carriages. He looks back at the train and shouts something - at this point the two trains are on a bend and The Lone Ranger is just coming into view, making his shot at Fuller impossible.

Continuity mistake: When the woman is dropped off the train and lands on silver the area next to the railway track is all clear, but immediately before and after it's all woodland up to the track.

Continuity mistake: The flatcar on the original silver train disappears just before the collision with Cavendish's boxcar.


Revealing mistake: In each one of his scenes, every time you see Captain Fuller you can see that the actor is wearing contacts to make his eyes blue. It's obvious contacts with the brown rings of his natural eyes around them. And contacts were not invented for a long long time after this movie takes place.

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Continuity mistake: At the start, the kid drops his popcorn and we see a shot of it right next to his foot. A couple of shots then follow but he's always visible, not moving. We then see a wide shot and he's further from the popcorn.

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Factual error: The model railroad is HO scale, which wasn't created until around 1922.

Continuity mistake: At the start of the film the Mayor is praising the arrival of the railroad. He speaks to two mounted Cherokee Indians. One is wearing a breast plate that is twisted. The Mayor speaks again then we return to the Indians and the breast plate is straight again.


Factual error: Promontory Point, not "Summit", where the transcontinental railroad was joined, is in Utah. The transcontinental railroad went through Nebraska and Wyoming and was nowhere near Texas.


Henchman: What are you trying to do, blow up the whole mountain!?
Butch: Trust me... these two have a hard time staying dead.

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Trivia: At the start of the train chase the two men are shooting at Tonto and the shots break the glass in time with the music.

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