The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938) is a Columbia movie serial. It was the fourth of the fifty-seven serials released by Columbia and their first western serial. The serial was the first from a new production company, the previous three serials had been produced by Weiss Brothers.

The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
Directed bySam Nelson
Mack V. Wright
Produced byJack Fier
Harry S. Webb (associate producer)
Written byJohn Peere Miles
George Rosener
George Arthur Durlam
Dallas M. Fitzgerald
Tom Gibson
Charles Arthur Powell
StarringBill Elliott (as Gordon Elliott)
Monte Blue
Carole Wayne
Frankie Darro
Dickie Jones
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
George Meehan
Edited byRichard Fantl
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 30, 1938 (1938-06-30)
Running time
15 chapters
CountryUnited States


Wild Bill Hickok, U.S. Marshal in Abilene, Kansas, is sent to stop the mysterious "Phantom Riders" from disrupting the cattle drives across the Chisholm Trail and construction of a new railroad.




The serial was shot in Johnson Canyon, Three Lakes, and Parry Lodge in Utah.[4]:287

Critical reception

The Motion Picture Herald called this serial "a compliment to its title."[2]


The name of Wild Bill Hickok stuck with Bill Elliot so much that Columbia made a series of Hickok westerns with him.[5]

Chapter titles

  1. The Law of the Gun
  2. Stampede
  3. Blazing Terror
  4. Mystery Canyon
  5. Flaming Brands
  6. The Apache Killer
  7. Prowling Wolves
  8. The Pit
  9. Ambush
  10. Savage Vengeance
  11. Burning Waters
  12. Desperation
  13. Phantom Bullets
  14. The Lure
  15. Trail's End



  1. "Wild Bill" Elliot at B-Westerns, retrieved 10 September 2007
  2. Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "5. Shazam and Good-by". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 121. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5.
  3. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "Science Fiction/Westerns "Drop That Zap Gun, Hombre"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  4. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  5. Cline, William C. (1984). "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 45. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  6. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 222. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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