Remembering Jingles: ‘Wait for me, Wild Bill!’


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Andy Devine as "Jingles"

The other night when I was visiting with The Shop Tart, summit facilitator Kathryn Fenner made fun of my two-gun approach to photography — I had my Canon camera clipped to one side of my belt, and my Blackberry to the other. Not the way the Tart would accessorize, I’m sure.

I muttered something about being Wild Bill Hickok — something I’m sure neither of those ladies understood.

That’s because they’re too young to remember my favorite TV show in the days when I lived in the house almost directly across from the Tart’s house, back in 1957 — “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok,” with Guy Madison in the title role and the immortal Andy Devine as his sidekick, “Jingles.” Brought to you by Kellogg’s Sugar Corn Pops.

But y’all remember it, don’t you? Come on, some of y’all are as old as I am; I know it…

2 thoughts on “Remembering Jingles: ‘Wait for me, Wild Bill!’

  1. Kathryn Fenner

    I am a connoisseuse of older entertainments. Do you not recall how I nailed Ann Marie Stieritz’s Oscar quiz–specializing in the AMC era films?

    I actually thought you had a full Aiken-style Savannah River Lab nerd going–all you needed was to rock a vinyl pocket-protector. The camera looked like a calculator –I am, alas, too young to recall slide-rules…

  2. Brad Warthen

    My friend Doug Nye — the former TV writer at The State, and a respected authority in the field of Westerns — had this to say about this post on Facebook:

    Brad, that was one of my favorites, too. Always loved the opening. I’ve also wondered why the series has never shown up on DVD. The last 26 episodes (of 113) were shot in color. Here’s an interesting tidbit. From 1952 to 1955, there were 16 Hickok “features” released to theaters. Each feature consisted of two TV episodes edited together. Remember in those days, especially in 1952 and 1953, there were
    still plenty of places in America that didn’t have TV. Some of the feature names were “Trail of the Arrow,” “The Yellow-Haired Kid,” “Behind Southern Lines” and “Border City Rustlers.” Probably more than you wanted to know.

    Not at all, Doug — just the kind of feedback I love to get!

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