~Wild Bill Hickok~
1923
~497-96: Kathleen O'Connor, William S. Hart & Ethel Grey Terry~
~Plot Synopsis~
In his third-to-last Western, austere silent-screen hero William S. Hart tackles the legend of
gambler/lawman Wild Bill Hickock. Unfortunately, Hart's approach was, to quote the trade-paper Wid's,
"rather dull and tedious." Hart belonged thoroughly to the 1910s, and his stark ways were considered old
hat and no match for the circus atmosphere created by younger cowboy stars. Hart is otherwise well-cast
as the former gambler turned upholder of law and order after a run-in with a gang of stage robbers.
Having given up his guns for good, he finds Dodge City so rough that he quickly retrieves them. Only an
approaching blindness can threaten Hickock's tough adherence to law and order, but when arch-enemy
Jack McQueen (James Farley) accuses him of losing his nerve, Hickock is ready with his usual
no-nonsense response. There's a woman (Kathleen O'Connor), of course, but only briefly since she is
devoted to another (Carl Gerard). And there's the inevitable gallery of colorful supporting characters,
from Bat Masterson (Jack Gardner) and Calamity Jane (Ethel Grey Terry) to none other than Abraham
Lincoln himself. Despite all this, the film was an expensive failure and hastened Hart's departure from
Famous Players Lasky. Supporting actors Carl Gerard and Ethel Grey Terry were married in real life.

Plot Synopsis is from allmovie.com
Directed by: Clifford Smith

Written by:
William S. Hart - writer
J.G. Hawks - writer

William S. Hart ...  Wild Bill Hickok
Ethel Grey Terry ...  Calamity Jane
Kathleen O'Connor ...  Elaine Hamilton
Jim Farley ...  Jack McQueen
Jack Gardner ...  Bat Masterson
Carl Gerard ...  Clayton Hamilton
William Dyer ...  Colonel Horatio Higginbotham
Bert Sprotte ...  Bob Wright
Leo Willis ...  Joe McCord
Naida Carle ...  Fanny Kate
Herschel Mayall ...  Gambler
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: William S. Hart
Cinematography by: Arthur Reeves & Dwight Warren
Presenter: Adolph Zukor

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: November 18, 1923