New Year’s Eve with Wild Bill Hickok

Guy Madison and Andy Devine in the tv version

Guy Madison and Andy Devine in the tv version

We’re ringing out the old year with a slew of old timey New Year’s episodes:

Unusual in broadcasting annals, Wild Bill Hickok launched simultaneously on radio and television in 1951 (most shows that embraced both media naturally started on radio and later transferred to TV.) Guy Madison played the title character; Andy Divine was his sidekick “Jingles” Jones. The radio version ran until 1956; the tv version lasted two years longer. This episode entitled “Happy New Year” ran in 1954. For more on the real Wild Bill Hickok, go here:

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. 


And don’t  miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from etc etc etc



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