ask the marshall true west wild bill hickok Jingles

Did “Wild Bill” Hickok have a sidekick named Jingles?

Jeanne Miller – Clarksville, Tennessee.

Jingles, played by the great Andy Devine, was a product, for lack of a better term, of the Hollywood “Sidekick Syndrome.” He was a fictional sidekick to Guy Madison, who played Hickok in the 1950s CBS series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok.

ask the marshall true west wild bill hickok Jingles
Not so True West: Despite what the 1950s CBS series told you, “Wild Bill” Hickok (played by Guy Madison, above left) did not have a real-life sidekick known as Jingles (played by Andy Devine, above right).
– Courtesy CBS –

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at

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