The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Movie Poster

Goofs from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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  • When Howard and Curtin pursue Dobbs, they pass a "dead" donkey left by Dobbs. The donkey is breathing and the ropes used to tie its legs are visible.
  • In subsequent scenes Gold Hat's sombrero is missing the bullet hole that Bogart shot into it at the mountain confrontation.
  • When Howard is trying to revive the Indian boy, there is nothing around the boy. Later a calabash gourd appears on his left side and changes position between shots.
  • As Dobbs mutters to himself, Curtin walks between Dobbs and the water race. When he gets to Howard and the water tank at the top of the race, Curtin comes in from the other side of the water race, despite there being no crossing point between Dobbs and the tank.
  • When they are looking for gold, Curtin and Dobbs stop to rest, and Curtin puts the stick on his right leg. Immediately after, without his having moved, the stick is leaning on his shoulder.
  • During the gunfight with the bandits, Howard refers to the newcomer as Cody. But at the end of the gunfight, he asks "Wonder who he is?" and uses the newcomer's wallet to identify him as James Cody. However, Cody gives his name to Curtin at the General Store. Curtin briefed the boys when he got back. Howard wondering who he is really means Howard wanting to know more about Cody.
  • Although set in Mexico in the 1920s, many of the cars on the street in the Tampico scenes are of 1930s and 1940s vintage.
  • There are background noises from wildlife in parts of the movie. One of which is the unmistakable call of the Australian kookaburra.
  • During the fight with the bandits, a shadow of a crew member is visible against Tim Holt's shirt for a few seconds before he goes to check on the condition of Cody.
  • When Dobbs finds the well, he is ahead of the donkeys. Next shot he is behind them.
  • Glaringly obvious use of doubles in the barfight scene to replace Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Barton MacLane.
  • When Dobbs goes back to bury the body, he runs around looking for it, then trips over. As he does so he practically falls off the set, as visible to the left are a large water tank and a hose.
  • Fighting their way through the bush, Dobbs passes through a section where the branches have been cut by Howard in front. Then around 10 seconds later the shot of Howard actually cutting through that section is shown.
  • During the fight with McCormick in the cantina, the position of Dobbs' hat on the bar rail changes at least twice.
  • In an early scene when Dobbs is getting a haircut, an automobile flashes past the window of the barbershop. It appears to be a late 1940s sedan.
  • When Howard is laid on a hammock, being served by Indian women, he has a little bunch of flowers on his left ear which disappear in subsequent shots.
  • In the opening shot of the poster, the word "febrero" ("February") is spelled with a capital F. In Spanish, month names may or may not be capitalized.
  • Curtin reads Cody's letter out of sequence. He starts on the front page, then opens to the inside pages. He glances momentarily at page #2 on the left, but immediately starts to read page #3 on the right. He then reads page #2 before turning to the back page.
  • After Curtin is shot, he is on the ground bleeding from a shoulder wound. When Dobbs goes back to the same place in the morning, there is no sign of blood on the ground.
  • When Howard is translating for the Mexican, he claims he is warned that there are tigers that can climb trees with birds in their mouths. However, the Mexican says no such thing, only giving a warning of the rough terrain ahead.
  • During the gunfight with the bandidos at the gold mine, Dobbs runs out of bullets while firing his rifle. He is shown reloading it just as the shooting stops. With absolutely no sound coming from the film, Dobbs fires the rifle (trigger pulled and hammer falls) but no noise or muzzle blast is shown. Some may call it a misfire, but there is no sound as the hammer falls and Dobbs would have reacted to a misfire. Just another case of bad editing.
  • When Gold Hat slashes at Dobbs with his machete at the waterhole, the exact scene is repeated. This editing error is explained in the Trivia section.
  • When Curtin, Howard and the Indians are riding into Durango, they pass the water hole where Dobbs was murdered. They should have seen his body.
  • The wind storm blows away the gold, one of the heaviest minerals on earth, but does not blow away the empty sacks.
  • When Dobbs douses himself at the watering hole, the water does not get his hair wet it just pools on his hairpiece.
  • When the main characters start their prospecting in the Sierra Madre, Joshua trees can be seen in the background. There are no Joshua trees in this area as they are native to the United States' southwest, particularly in the Mojave Dessert.
  • A crew member's knee and shoulder are seen for several seconds in the scene where they take their first break on the trek.
  • Howard's translation from Spanish into English is way off and some of his Spanish on the train is just gibberish.
  • The film is set in the late 1920's but some newer cars are seen.
  • After the first pause in the gun battle Dobbs pulls the trigger of his rifle but it doesn't fire.
  • As Bogie (actually his double) tries to catch up to Howard on the street the bundle under his arm instantly changes from one arm to the other.
  • A shadow of the mike boom passes along the top of the barrel as Dobbs and McCormick walk along talking about their pay at the work site.
  • During the reading of the dead man's letter Dobbs prepares a cigarette. He takes the tobacco pouch out of his pocket but doesn't take any tobacco out . rolls the paper and licks it.
  • When the bandits find Dobbs at the waterhole the shadows indicate the time near 12.00. A few minutes later as the bandits chase after the burros the sun is near setting or rising.
  • As Dobbs hits cody and knocks his hat off all on it's own it moves from besides the logs to the end of the logs and from up-side-down to right side up and leaning against the logs to finally being several feet away from the end of the logs.
  • After Dobbs hits Cody and knocks his hat off all on its own it moves from beside the logs.
  • When Dobbs and his string of burros arrive at the watering hole, he falls face down on the bank and begins to drink. However, if Dobbs is thirsty, then his burros should be thirsty too. Only one of the burros takes a drink, revealing that they're not severely dehydrated.
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