I’m Your Huckleberry, That’s Just my Game

Doc Holliday Im Your Huckleberry

Doc Holliday

In the classic Western movie “Tombstone” (1993) Val Kilmer, as Doc Holliday, says to Johnny Ringo, “I’m your Huckleberry, that’s just my game.” Did the real Doc Holliday say this? Well, the first time this quote shows up in print is in Walter Noble Burns’ book “Tombstone” in 1928. Burns interviewed many oldtimers in Cochise County and may have gotten the quote from one of them. We do know that the saying is Southern and basically means, “If you want a fight, I’m your Man.” Some believe it has a more devious insult implied, as in, “If you want to dance, I’ll dance with you.”

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Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.