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A classic Kiddie western, with lovable old character actor Andy Devine scene stealing every shot. Good clean fun.
The show has a very simple premise, a U.S. Marshall, Wild Bill Hickock(Guy Madison) and his deputy Jingles (Andy Devine) go around to Frontier towns and set things right that are going wrong. The larger than life characters (especially in Devine's case) are hard to take too seriously, Madison is decked out in a stereotypical Hollywood cowboy tight leather shirt with a fringe, Devine is an unlikely action cohort, having about 30 years and 500 pounds on Guy. Nevertheless, Jingles is pretty much the real star, and his superstitous, easily conned character is for intended audience identification, and natural favorite. Madison has virtually no descernable personality other than he's a dedicated hero with unbeatable fighting and shooting skills.
The universe they inhabit over the seven years the show lasted is always the same sets over and over, including some of the same props. (A "Winchester" wall sign seems to follow them through various indoor sets.)
The background and theme music are from a stock that must have been recorded in the earliest days of talkies for use in B-grade oaters at b-grade studios, lending a sort of continuity with the cowboy films of the 30's and 40's and the new phenomena of TV westerns, which, for a while, shared time on the small screen, and finally replaced them.moreless
This was a classic TV Western series.
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok was one of the better westerns to ever appear on television. Even beyond that, it is one of the better shows on television period. The writing was so good that it still holds up to today's standards. The regular cast was outstanding. The guest starts were absolutely fantastic. In this time period of television many famous actors would make appearances on great television shows such as this. Then there were the up and coming actors that would go on to become huge stars and used this as a springboard of sorts. All in all a great show that can still be watched today without missing a beat.moreless