The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

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The Adventures of
Wild Bill Hickok
Andy Devine Wild Bill Hickok 1956.jpg
Andy Devine as Jingles
Genre Western
Directed by Wesley Barry
William Beaudine
Thomas Carr
Will Jason
Louis King
S. Roy Luby
Jean Yarbrough
Starring Guy Madison
Andy Devine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 113
Production
Producer(s) William F. Broidy
Cinematography Henry Freulich
John J. Martin
William A. Sickner
Editor(s) Carl Pierson
S. Roy Luby
Running time 25 mins.
Production company(s) Newhall Productions, William F. Broidy Productions
Distributor Screen Gems (original)
Sony Pictures Television (current)
Release
Original network Syndication
CBS (1955-1958)
ABC (1957-1958)
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 15, 1951 – May 16, 1958

The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok is an American Western television series which ran for eight seasons from 1951 through 1958. The Screen Gems series began in syndication, but ran on CBS from 1955 through 1958, and, at the same time, on ABC from 1957 through 1958. The Kellogg's cereal company was the show's national sponsor. The series was also exported to Australia during the late-1950s.

Synopsis[edit]

The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok starred Guy Madison as the legendary Old West lawman (in real life, also a gunfighter) United States Marshal James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, and Andy Devine as his comedy sidekick, Jingles P. Jones.

Other media[edit]

Devine and Madison portrayed their roles on Mutual radio from April 1, 1951 to 1956.[1]

During the 1950s, several episodes of the television show were spliced together and released as 16 feature movies by Monogram Pictures:

Title Director Cast Year Notes
The Ghost of Crossbones Canyon Frank McDonald Russell Simpson, Gordon Jones, John Doucette 1952
Behind Southern Lines Thomas Carr Rand Brooks, Jonathan Hale, Jonathan Hale 1952
Trail of the Arrow Thomas Carr Monte Blue, Terry Frost, Raymond Hatton 1952
The Yellow Haired Kid Frank McDonald William Edward Phipps, David Bruce, Marcia Mae Jones 1952
Border City Rustlers Frank McDonald Gloria Talbott, Isabel Randolph, George J. Lewis 1953
Secret of Outlaw Flats Wesley Barry, Frank McDonald Kristine Miller, John Crawford, Richard Avonde 1953
Six Gun Decision Frank McDonald Gloria Saunders, David Sharpe, Lyle Talbot 1953
Two Gun Marshal Frank McDonald Michael Vallon, Pamela Duncan, Francis McDonald 1953
Marshals In Disguise Frank McDonald Anthony Sydes, John Eldredge, Guy Beach 1954
Outlaw's Son Frank McDonald Sally Fraser, Robert Hyatt, Fred Kelsey 1954
Trouble on the Trail Frank McDonald Martha Hyer, Robert Blake, Byron Foulger 1954
The Two Gun Teacher Frank McDonald Carole Mathews, Ann Carroll, Rory Mallinson 1954
The Matchmaking Marshal Frank McDonald Bobby Jordan, Anna Lee Carroll, Forrest Taylor 1955
Phantom Trails Wesley Barry, Frank McDonald Byron Foulger, Robert Filmer, Harry Harvey Jr. 1955
Timber Country Trouble Frank McDonald Frances Charles, Henry Blair, Harry Lauter 1955
The Titled Tenderfoot Frank McDonald Jeanne Cagney, Marshall Reed, Clayton Moore 1955

Guest stars[edit]

  • Mike Ragan appeared in three episodes, as Gus in "The Tax Collecting Story" as Collier in "Mexican Rustlers Story" (both 1951), and Malone in "The Doctor's Story" (1953).
  • Carole Mathews appeared twice, first as Miss Jennings in "The Slocum Family" (1951) and then as Anne Hardy in "Blacksmith Story" (1952).
  • Ewing Mitchell, as Mr. Harker in "Chain of Events" (1953)
  • Gloria Saunders, as Sally Jones in "Boulder City Election" (1951)
  • William Tannen, as Rand in "The Doctor's Story" (1953) and as Tom Maples in "The Maverick" (1954)

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category
1955 Emmy Award Nominated Best Western or Adventure Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.

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