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Young Bill Hickok (1940)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | History  -  21 October 1940 (USA)
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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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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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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 »

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'Gabby' Whitaker: This here be the first high-class entertainment seen in these parts since them actor folks put on Shakespeare's omelet.
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A Cowboy Wedding
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A lot of enjoyable historical nonsense.
11 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Hollywood had a huge love affair with westerns up until about 1960. Most of the ways they portrayed the west were complete nonsense and they had a habit of injecting real-life characters into situations that never occurred. Heck, the lives of Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and Bill Hickok are completely unrecognizable in the hundreds and hundreds of films in which they appear. "Young Bill Hickok" is yet another one of these entirely fictitious films from this era and it even throws in Calamity Jane (a rather unattractive woman in real life) to boot. Playing so fast and loose with the truth drives history teachers like me crazy, but my love of a fun B-movie kept me watching.

Roy Rogers plays Bill Hickok and he looked even less like Bill than Gabby Hays who is on hand (as usual) to play Roy's loyal sidekick. As for the plot, it's all a lot of nonsense about Bill tracking down some Confederate raiders and their unknown leader as well as Bill wanting to marry a Southern lady. I won't bother going into any more details as none of it seemed to bear any semblance to Hickok's life.

Overall, the film is a pretty ordinary Roy Rogers film. There's lots of singing for no apparent reason, Hays is quite funny in support and in the end good triumphs over evil. The only moment of the film that really caught my attention was the jail break--that was very clever and you just need to see it. Worth seeing for Rogers fans--otherwise just another one of 23281235413 B-series westerns.


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