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James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok (Character)
from Wild Bill (1995)

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The Plainsman (1936)
Wild Bill Hickok: What started you on the warpath, Yellow Hand?
Yellow Hand: Where sun rise, white man's land. Where sun set, Indian land. White man come, take our land, kill buffalo, our food. White man promise us food. White man lie. Now Cheyenne buy white man thunder stick. Soon war drum sound in all Indian land. All tribes ride with Yellow Hand. We drive white man, like buffalo, away back to rising sun. Yellow Hand has spoken.

Tony: Hey, why don't you get a haircut?
Wild Bill Hickok: Short hair makes the Indians mad, and they're mad enough already.

Wild Bill Hickok: That river clipper is saying good-bye to you, ma'am. Now you're going to have three long days of this prairie clipper.
Louisa Cody: But tomorrow is Sunday. Do we have to ride on Sunday?
Wild Bill Hickok: Well, there's no Sunday west of Junction City, no law west of Hayes City and no God west of Carson City.

Wild Bill Hickok: Keep your hands off your guns or there will be more dead men here than this town can afford to bury!

John Lattimer: I'm not armed, Mr. Hickok, I'm not armed!
Wild Bill Hickok: I'll give you three minutes to fix that. I'll be waiting outside.
John Lattimer: I'm just leaving town.
Wild Bill Hickok: You're not leaving town unless dead men can walk.

Calamity Jane: Tip your hat when you speak to a lady!
Wild Bill Hickok: I will... when I speak to a lady.

Calamity Jane: Bill Hickok, you ornery son-of-a-mule. You wouldn't give a bad dime to a sick kid, would you?
Wild Bill Hickok: You might be right, Calamity.
Calamity Jane: No, I ain't. I know I ain't worth a bad dime.

Wild Bill Hickok: Son, one of these days, you're going to grow up and you ought to know about women. You see, the thing is this - women are... uh, well, they're uh... Well, son, I can tell you what an Indian will do to ya, but you never know what a woman will do.

Wild Bill Hickok: It's easier sliding up Niagara Falls than it is to understand a woman.

Wild Bill Hickok: Women and me don't agree.

Wild Bill Hickok: [Seeing McCall smoking a cigarette] Hey! Your toothpick is on fire!

Wild Bill Hickok: How do you like your bacon, Bill?
Buffalo Bill Cody: I like my bacon fine.

Calamity Jane: Maybe you're just bein' nice to me because you think you won't ever see me again.
Wild Bill Hickok: Sure, sure I'll see you again. This is a big country and trails cross sometimes.

Wild Bill Hickok: [to Calamity Jane] Indians will sell anything. They might sell you!

Wild Bill Hickok: [to Buffalo Bill on his recent marriage] I see she hasn't cut your hair... yet.

The White Buffalo (1977)
[after their stagecoach is attacked, Hickok and Pickney check for casualties]
Wild Bill Hickok: This lady's walkin' the streets of glory.
Abel Pinkney: God damn! Blue Whistler musta caught her right in the third eye.

Wild Bill Hickok: What are Crows doin' in Sioux territory?
Charlie Zane: Probably heard about the white buff on the moccassin telegraph.

[first lines]
Amos Bixby: What the Hell is going on?
Wild Bill Hickok: I had a dream.
Amos Bixby: If there'd been anyone in the upper, you'd have sent him to Hell on a shudder.
Wild Bill Hickok: Sorry, Mister Bixby.
Amos Bixby: My God, Mister Otis. You will stow those damned irons in your carpet bag or I'll stop this train and set you out in Wyoming on your boots.
Amos Bixby: [narrating] In September of 1874 Wild Bill Hickok came back to the Old West. I didn't place him then because he was wearing a different name and he had a strange bee in his bonnet, a deadly dream that was eating out his soul. A nightmare that he had to hunt down and face up to before it turned him into a raving maniac. I oughta know. I was there.

[last lines]
Wild Bill Hickok: Everything done?
Crazy Horse: It is done. I cover the little one with the robe. She will be healed and well and whole in the other world.
Wild Bill Hickok: Do you have the right to wear your own name again?
[Crazy Horse nods]
Wild Bill Hickok: And then I'll be saying good-bye, Crazy Horse.
Crazy Horse: Hickok.
Wild Bill Hickok: You heard One Eye call my name.
Crazy Horse: Yes. You are Uhgata, the Shooter, the one who killed Whistler the Peacemaker.
Wild Bill Hickok: That was another time. I was young and headstrong.
Crazy Horse: It was a bad thing.
Wild Bill Hickok: Can't be undone.
Crazy Horse: I will tell no others. But, Long Hair, though you and I are brothers, we must never meet again. Hear me, my friend. These are my words. We must never cross paths in the tomorrow. For if we do, I will see only a white enemy. And you will see only an Indian. And we will both solve the great mystery. Ohinyan, Long Hair.
Wild Bill Hickok: Ohinyan. Forever.

Wild Bill Hickok: I'm a man of calamity. I've always dodged a fight.
Mrs. Poker Jenny Schermerhorn: Calamity, sure. You're the most politest shootist who ever blew a man's brain out.

Wild Bill Hickok: In the first place, the Great Spirit did not give you these hills. You took this land by force. You took it from the Cheyenne, the Shoshoni, and the Arapaho. You took it with the lance and tomahawk. Now the white man makes war on you. What's the difference?
Crazy Horse: The whites have no honor. White man wants death, comes out of season.
Wild Bill Hickok: That's a thing called progress.
Crazy Horse: A thing called greed.

Tim Brady (Bartender): I hope you don't think I had...
Wild Bill Hickok: You peached.
Tim Brady (Bartender): I swear by Sweet Jesus, I didn't.
Wild Bill Hickok: [shoving Brady down] Swear yourself into Hell.

Whistling Jack Kileen: This is your night, Hickok. But there's gonna be another time.
Wild Bill Hickok: Don't let me see you again.

Wild Bill Hickok: Brady will send the kid over with a couple of free bottles of Oh Be Joyful. When he gets there, he'll drop the world like a buffalo chip.
Charlie Zane: I just heard the plop.

Charlie Zane: Listen to that red nigger take on. Madder than a wet mouse. Don't scare worth a hiccup. No chance though. Fifteen to one.
Wild Bill Hickok: Fifteen to three.

Crazy Horse: You have lost a friend.
Wild Bill Hickok: So it seems.
Crazy Horse: And found one.

Wild Bill (1995)
[Wild Bill and Calamity Jane are interrupted by Jack McCall during a romantic moment]
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: You inconsiderate bastard.

[Will Plummer sends in a woman to challenge Wild Bill to a gunfight]
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: What did he say?
Woman in bar: He said that you were a horse molester.
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: He say what horse?

[Jane surprises Bill by giving him a wet sloppy kiss]
Calamity Jane: Just for old times' sake.
[Bill wipes off his mouth]
Calamity Jane: You wipin' it off?
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: No. I'm rubbin' it in.

Charley Price: This town... I really think it's like something out of the Bible.
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: What part of the Bible?
Charley Price: The part right before God gets angry.

Carl Mann: What kind of whiskey do you favor?
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: Carl, I prefer it in a glass. Other than that, it's all good.

James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: You ought to know better than to touch another man's hat.

James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: [to McCall] I'll buy you one. Whiskey's good for a man... helps him put things in perspective.

Across the Sierras (1941)
Larry Armstrong: Maybe you gentlemen would like to meet an old friend of mine - Bill Hickok.
Mac Fawcett: Hickok? Not Wild Bill Hickok?
Wild Bill Hickok: Well, folks have to gotten to call me "Wild", but between us, I'm a mighty peaceable man.

Wild Bill Hickok: You know, Larry, I never could figure out how one man could stir up so much trouble.
Larry Armstrong: Yeah, well, I never could figure out how one man could end it so fast.

Wild Bill Hickok: That would be a mistake to draw first. You'd better wait until my back is turned.

Wild Bill Hickok: I see you're still not careful of the company you keep.
Mitch Carew: That's right... otherwise, what would I be doin' standin' here talkin' to you?

Wild Bill Hickok: I can't do much about your murderin' Dan Woodworth, but I want you to remember I'm not wearin' a badge anymore and if you or anyone else causes trouble, there's only one judge I have to listen to...
[points to his pistol]
Wild Bill Hickok: Judge Colt.

Wild Bill Hickok: Larry's been a mighty good friend to me since we ran away from school together. He comes from good, solid frontier stock. I'd be a pretty poor friend to sit by and watch him make a mistake which might be his last.
Ann Woodworth: You set a lot of store by that, don't you?
Wild Bill Hickok: What do you mean?
Ann Woodworth: Why, Larry coming from fine frontier stock - that whole Western code that everyone out here seems to live by.
Wild Bill Hickok: After a while, you'll get to believe it just like we do. You'll find that out here, it's the next best thing to a decent religion.
Ann Woodworth: I wonder

[last lines]
Wild Bill Hickok: Ann, I came in to say goodbye. You were right about me. Whether I promise or not, I could never make you happy. You and me just have different ways of living. I guess you just can't teach an old dog new tricks. Goodbye.
Cannonball: And me goin' to all that trouble to learn that gol' darn weddin' piece!

Little Big Man (1970)
Jack Crabb: Might I ask who I are addressin'?
Wild Bill Hickock: Name's Hickok. Wild Bill Hickok.
Jack Crabb: Oh, uh, pleased to make your acquaintance, Mr. Hickok.

Jack Crabb: Uh, Mr. Hickock, how many men have you... gunned down?
Wild Bill Hickock: I don't rightly remember. You?
Jack Crabb: Oh, about two dozen.
Wild Bill Hickock: Is that a fact?
Jack Crabb: [voiceover] No, it wasn't a fact. In my gunfighter period, I was a terrible liar.
Wild Bill Hickock: I wouldn't have put your total that high. No offense, Hoss, but you ain't got the look of murder about you. Not like that fella over there
[nods toward a drunk sleeping at a nearby table]
Wild Bill Hickock: .
Jack Crabb: [laughing] Him! Why, he's just a common drunk.

[Hickock has pulled a gun on a man for yelling]
Jack Crabb: Listen; what are you so nervous about?
Wild Bill Hickock: [pouring a drink] Gettin' shot.

[Hickock just shot the "drunk" who tried to kill him]
Bartender: Did you know the man, Bill?
Wild Bill Hickock: Never laid eyes on the gentleman before.
Jack Crabb: Mr, Hickcock; that man's really dead!
Wild Bill Hickock: Yep; got him through the heart and lungs both.

Wild Bill Hickock: Any damn fool can drink himself to death.

Calamity Jane (1953)
[the singer is a man in drag]
Wild Bill Hickok: She ain't very good lookin'
Calamity Jane: That ain't all she ain't.

[Bill is dressed as an Indian woman with a baby]
Calamity Jane: Gosh almighty, it's Bill Hickok!
[proceeds to laugh along with everyone else]
Wild Bill Hickok: [hands baby over] Here take him.
[stands up]
Wild Bill Hickok: The next man that laughs is gonna get his head ventilated.
[silence and Bill sits down. Calamity laughs again after a few moments]

Wild Bill Hickok: [finds a gun hidden in Calamity's wedding dress] What's this fer?
Calamity Jane: Awww... just in case any more actresses come in from Chicagy!

Wild Bill Hickok: That's a right-smart looking harness you got on there.

"Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok: Ghost Town Story (#1.10)" (1951)
U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok: Don't tell me you believe in ghosts.
Deputy Marshal Jingles: Well, I don't exactly believe in 'em and I don't exactly not believe in 'em - and I don't care to prove the point, either way.

[last lines]
Deputy Marshal Jingles: Jelly bean?
U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok: No, thanks.
[offering his bag of candy to Stopes]
Deputy Marshal Jingles: I had these sent out special from Kansas City... Oh, that's right. You never touch 'em before noon.
[Bill and Jingles break out laughing]
U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok: Mount up.

[after trailing the outlaws to a ghost town, Bill gets off his horse and lays in the grass]
Deputy Marshal Jingles: What are you waitin' for, better weather?
U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok: Nightfall.
Deputy Marshal Jingles: Nightfall!
U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok: You don't want to go down into that town in broad daylight, do you?
Deputy Marshal Jingles: Well, if I had to - which I don't - I'd heap rather do it in the daytime.
U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok: And risk a possible ambush by those outlaws?
Deputy Marshal Jingles: Better than bein' bushwhacked by banshees.

Dallas (1950)
U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby: Now these are orders, Mr. Hickok. Your patriotic duty demands that...
Wild Bill Hickok: Sonny, there are duty scars all over my hide. From now on, folks are going to buy tickets just to look at 'em on a stage in a theater.
U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby: You mean you're going to be an actor?
Wild Bill Hickok: Why not? You're what marshaling has petered down to.

Wild Bill Hickok: Marshal, I'm glad I met you while you were still with us. You're going to be the shortest lived marshal on record.

U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby: But Marshal! This - this outlaw; if you don't arrest him, I shall!
Wild Bill Hickok: Outlaw? Let me tell you something, son. This ain't Boston. We had a war down here and you'll find men in high offices who are thieves and cutthroats. You'll find others who are branded outlaws that are only fighting for what's their own. There's those known as bad men and those as are bad men. You better learn to tell the difference!

Pony Express (1953)
Wild Bill Hickok: [Speaking to Cody after he has insulted Yellow Hand] If he ever catches you, I hope you're not around.

Wild Bill Hickok: Listen, Shorty, you follow the redhead and I'll marry you.
Denny Russell: Easy for you to say. You don't like women.
Wild Bill Hickok: That's right. Maybe that's why I'm so fond of you.
Denny Russell: Thanks. Go shoot yourself.

Wild Bill Hickok: [Seeing Denny in a fashionable dress] It's not the get-up, Shorty. It;s just that you can't make a racehorse out of a jackass.

"Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok: The Rock Springs Rustlers (#1.2)" (1951)
[Wild Bill rescues Jingles from a lynch mob]
U.S. Marshal James Butler Wild Bill Hickok: What are you doin' up there, Jingles?
Deputy Marshal Jingles: What am I doin'? I'm getting' *hung*!
U.S. Marshal James Butler Wild Bill Hickok: On government time?

Deputy Marshal Jingles: Awful quiet.
U.S. Marshal James Butler Wild Bill Hickok: Yeah - too quiet.

[last lines]
[Jingles has repeatedly told Wild Bill and young Bobby that's he's riding to Abilene and turn in his badge]
U.S. Marshal James Butler Wild Bill Hickok: Well, I'll be seein' you, Deputy.
Bobby Waltham: You sure you don't need me? I hate to see you goin' off to Hays City all alone.
Deputy Marshal Jingles: Well, I'll tell you what I'll do, Bobby. I'll ride as far as Hays City with him just to keep him company. That ain't much out of my way to Abilene.
Bobby Waltham: Not far at all - not more than a couple of hundred miles.

Prairie Schooners (1940)
[Dude shoots at the feet of Skinny, who is unarmed]
Wild Bill Hickok: Rusty, you can finish shoeing my horse.
Rusty: What's the matter? Tired?
Wild Bill Hickok: No, but if you can't take care of Dude, you can shoe my horse while I look after him.
[Bill walks towards the sound of gunfire]
Rusty: Bill, you forgot your guns!
Wild Bill Hickok: I won't need 'em, Rusty. I'm a peaceable man.

Wild Bill Hickok: Chief, this man is no friend of the Pawnees. He is Coyote who asks Mountain Lion to kill for him!

"Deadwood: Deadwood (#1.1)" (2004)
Wild Bill Hickok: Does 'bosom' mean 'tit'?
Poker Player - at No. 10: Same thing.

Jack McCall: Should we shake hands or something, relieve the atmosphere? I mean, how stupid do you think I am?
Wild Bill Hickok: I don't know, I just met you.

"Legend: The Life, Death, and Life of Wild Bill Hickock (#1.5)" (1995)
Wild Bill Hickock: I've been hired by the Santa Fe railroad to bring in the Jack McCall gang. Now, Jack ain't gonna be brought in alive. That's a fact. Me and him have been going at it since I killed his brother eight years ago in Kansas. Since then he's shot two friends of mine.
Ernest Pratt: So, having run out of friends you've turned to me.

Wild Bill Hickock: A kid with a gun ain't a kid anymore.
[referring to a young man wanting to draw on him]

"Deadwood: Reconnoitering the Rim (#1.3)" (2004)
Charlie Utter: [of his immediate predecessor in his hotel room] Fresh stain on the floor when I moved in. He may have checked out short a useful amount of blood.
Brom Garret: Wouldn't surprise me in the least.
Charlie Utter: That would make these accomplices you're talkin' about... dangerous people to deal with.
Brom Garret: Yes, I quite take your point. No honor among thieves.
Brom Garret: Well. Thanks for your time: I'll pursue my remedies in some other fashion.
Wild Bill Hickok: I don't think he took your point... quite.
Charlie Utter: I think he quite missed it.

"The Young Riders: Home of the Brave (#1.3)" (1989)
James Butler Hickok: We ain't takin' their land, we're just ridin' on it, right Buck?
Teaspoon Hunter: Indians is fightin' for their way of life, the right to live the way they did before we got here - just like our kin fought the British almost a hundred years ago. 'Cept the Indians is called savages; our kin was called patriots because they won.

The Devil's Trail (1942)
Wild Bill Hickok: If you don't want to die with your boots on, let that gun lie!

Young Bill Hickok (1940)
Wild Bill Hickok: Louise, this is Calamity Jane or Miss Canary in polite society.
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: Well, I never get in it, so just call me Calamity. Howdy.
Louise Mason: How do you do.
Wild Bill Hickok: An' this is Gabby Witacker.
'Gabby' Whitaker: [Gesturing to Calamity] I'm her uncle.
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: Don't a have the derndest luck?
'Gabby' Whitaker: Meanin' Me?
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: No, that pony's gone lame. We've gotta go see about it.
'Gabby' Whitaker: We ain't got no lame pony.
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: Well then come on out and help me trip one.

"Overland Trail: Westbound Stage (#1.5)" (1960)
Wild Bill Hickok: I never had much use for Darby myself, but he's one of the founders of the town and I can't go around shootin' the taxpayers.

The Plainsman (1966)
Wild Bill Hickok: I ought to notch your ears for you. A man like you ought to be marked.

"The Young Riders: Blind Love (#1.11)" (1989)
Louise McCloud: What's going on?
The Kid: Nothing.
James Butler Hickok: She wasn't talking about you and her, she was talking about me and you.