The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

Infobox Film
name = The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

image_size =
caption =
director = Sam Nelson
Mack V. Wright
producer = Jack Fier
Harry S. Webb (associate producer)
writer = John Peere Miles
George Rosener
George Arthur Durlam
Dallas M. Fitzgerald
Tom Gibson
Charles Arthur Powell
narrator =
starring = Bill Elliott (as Gordon Elliott)
Monte Blue
Carole Wayne
Frankie Darro
Dickie Jones
music =
cinematography = Benjamin H. Kline
George Meehan
editing = Richard Fantl
distributor = Columbia Pictures
released = Flagicon|USA 30 June 1938
Flagicon|France16 February 1949
runtime = 15 chapters
country = USA
language = English
budget =
gross =
preceded_by = "The Secret of Treasure Island"
followed_by = "The Spider's Web"
website =
amg_id = 1:153555
imdb_id = 0030978

"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.


Wild Bill Hickok, U.S. Marshal in Abilene, Kansas, is sent to stop the mysterious "Phantom Riders" from disrupting the cattle drives across the Chisholm Trail and construction of a new railroad.


*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 previous worked under the name "Gordon Elliott". [ [ "Wild Bill" Elliot at B-Westerns] , retrieved 10 September, 2007] "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.cite book
last = Stedman
first = Raymond William
title = Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment
origyear = 1971
publisher = University of Oklahoma Press
isbn = 9780806109275
pages = pp. 121
chapter = 5. Shazam and Good-by
] [cite book
last = Harmon
first = Jim
coauthors= Donald F. Glut
authorlink = Jim Harmon
title = The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury
origyear = 1973
publisher = Routledge
isbn = 9780713000979
pages = pp. 67
chapter = Science Fiction/Westerns "Drop That Zap Gun, Hombre"
*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



*Gene Alsace
*Chuck Hamilton
*Ted Mapes
*Carl Mathews
*Kermit Maynard
*Tom Steele
*Francis Walker

Critical reception

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. [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 45
chapter = 3. The Six Faces of Adventure

Chapter titles

# The Law of the Gun
# Stampede
# Blazing Terror
# Mystery Canyon
# Flaming Brands
# The Apache Killer
# Prowling Wolves
# The Pit
# Ambush
# Savage Vengeance
# Burning Waters
# Desperation
# Phantom Bullets
# The Lure
# Trail's EndSource: [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 222
chapter = Filmography

ee also

*List of film serials by year
*List of film serials by studio


External links

*imdb title|id=0030978|title=The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
*amg title|1:153555

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before="The Secret of Treasure Island" (1938)
years="The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1938)
after="The Spider's Web" (1938)

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