The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
|The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok|
|Directed by||Sam Nelson
Mack V. Wright
|Produced by||Jack Fier
Harry S. Webb (associate producer)
|Written by||John Peere Miles
George Arthur Durlam
Dallas M. Fitzgerald
Charles Arthur Powell
|Starring||Bill Elliott (as Gordon Elliott)
|Cinematography||Benjamin H. Kline
|Edited by||Richard Fantl|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938) is a Columbia movie serial. It was the fourth of the fifty-seven serials released by Columbia and their first western serial. The serial was the first from a new production company, the previous three serials had been produced by Weiss Brothers.
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- Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Hickok, U.S. Marshal. This serial was the source of actor Gordon Nance's subsequent screenname "Wild Bill" Elliot. He had previously worked under the name "Gordon Elliott". The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok was Wild Bill Elliot's first starring role. In addition to his screenname, he gained such trademarks as buckskins, reversed holsters and the catchphrase "I'm a peaceable man," from this serial.
- Monte Blue as Mr Cameron
- Carole Wayne as Ruth Cameron
- Frankie Darro as Jerry/Little Brave Heart
- Dickie Jones as Buddy
- Sammy McKim as Boots
- Kermit Maynard as Kit Lawson, Army scout
- Roscoe Ates as Oscar 'Snake-Eyes' Smith
- Monte Collins as Danny, printer
- Reed Hadley as Jim Blakely
- Chief Thundercloud as Chief Gray Eagle
- Ray Mala as Little Elk
- Robert Fiske as Morrell, villain and leader of the Phantom Raiders
- Walter Wills as Joshua Bruce
- J.P. McGowan as Scudder, trail Leader
- Eddie Waller as Stone
The serial was shot in Johnson Canyon, Three Lakes, and Parry Lodge in Utah.:287
The Motion Picture Herald called this serial "a compliment to its title."
The name of Wild Bill Hickok stuck with Bill Elliot so much that Columbia made a series of Hickok westerns with him.
- The Law of the Gun
- Blazing Terror
- Mystery Canyon
- Flaming Brands
- The Apache Killer
- Prowling Wolves
- The Pit
- Savage Vengeance
- Burning Waters
- Phantom Bullets
- The Lure
- Trail's End
- "Wild Bill" Elliot at B-Westerns, retrieved 10 September 2007
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