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Young Bill Hickok (1940)

Bill Hickok, assisted by Calamity Jane, is after a foreign agent and his guerrilla band who are trying to take over some western territory just as the Civil War is coming to a close.



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Complete credited cast:
Louise Mason (as Jacqueline Wells)
Nicholas Tower
Archie Twitchell ...
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Ethel Wales ...
Mrs. Stout
Henchman Red Burke
Charlie Majors


Bill Hickok in his early pre-gunslinger years as a freight-line agent protecting a gold shipment from villains out to steal gold and land out west while America is diverted by the Civil War back east. With the help of Calamity Jane and her horse-trader uncle, Hickok battles the bad guys while trying to win the love of his life, Louise, in a formulaic B western adventure with songs. Written by Dale Roloff

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BILL HICKOK...PATHFINDER...PLAINSMAN...PIONEER...reliving America's most colorful days!


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Release Date:

21 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu em Cheyenne  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


[while Bill and Louise are in the cabin, Calamity is peeking through a window while standing on Gabby's back]
'Gabby' Whitaker: It ain't proper to be spyin' on a couple a courtin'. What's he doin' now?
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: Uncle Gabby, He's a puttin' his arm around her.
'Gabby' Whitaker: He ain't!
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: He is!
[Calamity looks in the window]
Miss Calamity Jane Canary: Now he's kissin' her!
'Gabby' Whitaker: He is!
[Gabby stands up to look through the window and leaves Calamity sitting in the dust with a harness collar on her]
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: Young Bill Hickok (2015) See more »


When the Shadows Fall Across the Rockies
Written by Peter Tinturin
Played on guitar and sung by Roy Rogers
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Calamity Jane and an Exciting End
4 September 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Roy Rogers stars as "Young Bill Hickok", saving California and its gold from wicked invaders like John Miljan (as Nicholas Tower)… against a Civil War back-story… with references to Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. This time George "Gabby" Hayes brings along his niece, none other than Calamity Jane (well played by Sally Payne) to assist Mr. Rogers. It's an interesting team-up concept, however unlikely.

The film's highlight is its posse / stagecoach chase scene, near the film's end. Rogers and Yakima Canutt -- I assume the stuntman is the stunning Mr. Canutt -- perform well in an exciting man-under-the-stage sequence. That sequence followed one of the typical Rogers songs. Otherwise, this is nothing more than a fair Rogers western.

*** Young Bill Hickok (1940) Joseph Kane ~ Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Sally Payne

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