Zorro Gets a Helping Hand

My wife is getting used to my tendency to pause movies at odd times as I yell out “Did you see that?!” It’s a good thing she’s a patient woman. But I don’t only see Disney in the backgrounds, I also delight in spotting filming mistakes or outright gaffs in production.

Have you ever noticed lapses in continuity in your favorite shows? You know, one minute the glass your favorite character is drinking from is half full and the next, after drinking for several minutes, it’s miraculously full again?

Well this happens all the time and even in vintage Disney programs. Case in point:

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The Complete First Season of Disney’s Zorro

This fantastic television series ended way too soon but did still manage to rocket Guy Williams to super stardom in the 1950’s. If you couldn’t be Davy Crockett, you were Zorro!

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Guy Williams as Don Diego de la Vega

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The Complete Second Season of Disney’s Zorro

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Guy Williams as Zorro

And now to the gaff in question. Let’s look at this from the point of view of a horse. You’re standing under a second-story window and you know that any second the nut who owns you is going to leap out of a window and come slamming down onto your back and then start whipping you into a gallop. You:

A: Stand there and dutifully wait for the pain.

B: Try to escape and run away before he lands on you.

C: Back up and bite him on the butt as he falls past you.

D: Contact Walt Disney to renegotiate your contract.

The correct answer, if you are Zorro’s horse, is ‘B’, but there is only one problem. Check out this picture and note what would stop Toronado from doing this:

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Yup. Disney had a stagehand holding onto Toronado so that he had to do A, but couldn’t do either B or C. But I’m sure that after this scene was over, Toronado did ‘D’ for sure! Wouldn’t you?

Hope you enjoyed this vintage look into TV Land of the 1950’s!