Wildest Bill Hickok

DATELINE:  Madison, Olyphant, and Bridges

Somewhere between the TV series Deadwood version of Wild Bill Hickok (limned by Keith Carradine) and the TV series Wild Bill(limned by Guy Madison), you have the version from Walter Hill and played by Jeff Bridges as the wildest Hickok of all.

As a Western on the tale end of movie westerns, this one is a classic mostly undiscovered. Wild Bill has a wonderful cameo cast and is filled with comedic violence.

In this version, Keith Carradine is Buffalo Bill. Ten years later he would join Timothy Olyphant in the HBO series for a few episodes as Wild Bill.

Here, the rootin’ tootin’ Calamity Jane is Ellen Barkin, and one of Bill’s Brit friends is a biographer played by John Hurt.

The bad guys lining up to be dispatched in colorful fashion include such as Bruce Dern and David Arquette.

Wild Bill traipsed through the litany of Western venues from Abilene to Deadwood, making appearances as a ruthlessly violent marshal who’d shoot you in an instant if the matter called for breaking lawbreakers.

James Butler Hickok found himself trapped in celebrity and became Wild Bill as a profession, requiring certain behaviors and attitudes.

The film, utterly timeless depiction of a Western legend, provides us with a conspiracy theory behind the tale. It would seem that the sniveling coward Jack McCall was, perhaps, hinted at an illegitimate son of Hickok.

You may find that the Olyphant-McShane profanity laced TV series owes much to this film—and it’s done with a modicum of the bad language of bad guys.

Ellen DeGeneris Meets Her Match in Dirk Nowitzki

DATELINE: Peas in a Pod

One of those lookalike moments may be about to hit daytime TV. Let us be the first to demand it. We always enjoy the pleasant humor of Ellen–and now she can be pleasant with her Doppleganger.

Dallas Mav basketball star Dirk Nowitzki’s teammates have pointed out that a new haircut makes him look like talk show superstar Ellen DeGeneris.

Actually, Dirk has looked like a long-lost Bobsey Twin of Ellen for quite a few years.

We have always thought Ellen made a passably handsome young man. And, now we think Dirk may be on the cusp of true greatness. He may be conjoined with the daytime talk show hostess. They now look like they were separated at birth.

We do know that Dirk, in true Teutonic fashion, stands tall at 7’, and that he may dwarf his counterpart in locks.

Both are known as affable souls with generous hearts. In Ellen’s case it is a DeGeneris heart.

The controversy created by Dirk’s teammates who have ribbed him once too often, now may require an appearance on the Ellen show to quell all questions about their similarities.

We figure that Ellen knows a good joke when she hears one—and even if she can’t match Dirk at a game of horse, she may want to try to roll a few hoops with him.