Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok rides the trail with his comic sidekick, Jingles, in this classic western that kids have loved since the first day it aired on May 27, 1951. Wild Bill’s name is borrowed from a real-life, wild west figure, but the excitement and adventures of radio’s Wild Bill are fiction. Chasing after cattle rustlers, routing claim jumpers and protecting settlers are just part of the job for the pair.
As television took hold in the 1950s, some wonderfully done radio shows faded. But Wild Bill Hickok took the best of both. The show aired on radio and TV at the same time, from 1951 to 1956, and with the same stars. Handsome and agile Guy Madison played Wild Bill and rode a horse named Buckshot. Andy Devine played Jingles, a larger-than-life character whose horse was aptly named Joker. Together they worked to tame the west, and the lawbreakers always went to jail.