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Calling Wild Bill Elliott (1943)

The ruthless self-appointed Governor Nichols and his militia are driving ranchers off their land. When they go after the Culver's, Wild Bill arrives to help them and the outnumbered ranchers fight back.


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennett)


Luci Ward (story), Anthony Coldeway (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ... Wild Bill Elliott
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Hayes
Anne Jeffreys ... Edith Richards
Herbert Heyes ... Governor Steve Nichols
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... John Culver Jr. (as 'Buzzy' Dee Henry)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... John Culver Sr. (as Fred Kohler)
Roy Barcroft ... Captain Carson
Eve March ... Mary Culver
Burr Caruth Burr Caruth ... Grandpa Cactus Jim Culver
Bud Geary ... Henchman Dean
Lynton Brent ... Cowhand


Gabby Hayes (George "Gabby" Hayes), has been telling Buzzy Culver (Robert 'Buzzy" Henry), grandson of Gabby's friend Cactus Jim Culver (Burr Caruth), of the fabulous deeds he and Marshal Wild Bill Elliott (Bill Elliott) used to face. Buzzy meets Wild Bill and brings Gabby face to face, but Wild Bill doesn't expose the old faker. Cactus Jin is later knifed and killed in a set-up brawl, and Steve Nichols, crooked governor of the territory, has Bill accused of the crime. Bill barely escapes a lynch-mob headed by Cactus Jim's son John Culver (Fred Kohler Jr.) Bill convinces a visiting federal Judge Richards (Forbes Murray) of the governor's malfeasance of office, but the judge is murdered and Bill is again accused of murder. Edith Richards (Anne Jeffreys), the judge's daughter, posts a $5,000 reward poster for Bill. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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[last lines]
Gabby Hayes: [to Wild Bill Elliott] Bill, it's kinda nice bein' a peaceable man, isn't it?
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


Long, Long Ago
Written by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Sung by Anne Jeffries
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Peaceable man gets hostile
1 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Naturally in Calling Wild Bill Elliott its himself that plays the title role. I was a bit dubious about this film and normally I like Wild Bill Elliott films, but the idea of a self appointed territorial governor as villain and played by Herbert Heyes was a bit much to swallow.

Yet that's what we have here as Heyes sets himself up in some unnamed part of the Old West. Heyes is bleeding the settlers dry and has folks like Roy Barcroft as part of his army of state militia to do it.

When he messes with Fred Kohler Jr.'s family that's when Elliott who as always is a peaceable man gets into the mix. After the deaths of Kohler's father and a federal judge. the latter with the blame thrown on Wild Bill. Elliott gets downright hostile.

Lots of shooting and fisticuffs to satisfy the Saturday Matinée kid in any of us. Pretend your 10 year old and the film might pass muster.

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Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

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Tirania Sertaneja See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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