Adopted name of town deputy marshal living in the 1890s town of Wileyville, Texas on the western adventure BUFFALO BILL, JR./SYN/1955.
Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Dick Jones) and his sister (Nancy Gilbert) were lone survivors of an Indian attack on a wagon train in the Black Hills.
When they were found by Judge Ben “Fair and Square” Wiley (Harry Chesire), owner of the General Store and Mayor, the young boy (Bill) was carrying his sister in a buffalo robe and so the Judge decided to call him Buffalo Bill, Jr. His sister bears the name Calamity Jane after the frontier sharpshooter and stagecoach driver.
Buffalo Bill Jr. was very protective of his sister Calamity, so whenever he had to ride to an adventure he always declined her participation saying, “But you’re a little girl.” Calamity, of course, would have none of that and always found someway to get into the action.
Frustrated with his sister, Buffalo Bill Jr., once said, “No wonder the Judge called you ‘Calamity.’ You bring calamity to everybody!”
Whenever a legal matter arose, Judge Wiley stepped away from his duties as storekeeper or barber, walked over to his official podium, rapped it with his wooden gavel and opened up court in the middle of the store.
Once Calamity was shooting off firecrackers and the judge thought there was shootout. Realizing his mistake, he grabbed Calamity by the ear, dragged her into the store and brought her before his podium for sentencing on the charge of disturbing the peace.
Opening Narration for the Show
Narrator: “Buffalo Bill, Jr. with his little sister, Calamity. [Close up: Calamity with a worried look]
Narrator: Buffalo Bill Jr. brings you exciting action, thrills and fun….[Buffalo Bill Jr. jumps on the runaway horses and slows the wagon. The scene switces to the judge at his podium]
Narrator: Judge ‘Fair and Square’…[three raps of the gavel]
Narrator: Wiley [Buffalo Bill Jr. does a trick dismount and mount on his moving horse and then rides away.”]
Male Singers: Buffalo Bill, Buffalo Bill, Buffalo Bill, Buffalo Billlll…Junior.”
Here is a select list of Buffalo Bill Jr. and Calamity’s adventures:
- While a posse of citizens are looking for Billy the Kid, Calamity spots the outlaw in Wileyville.
- Bill and Calamity help a man accused of shooting the sheriff
- Apache Geronimo is being transferred to Federal Prison and its up to Bill and Calamity to thwart escape attempts.
- Bill and Calamity pitch into keep the railroad at Wiley Junction from going out of business.
- A scheming woman and an outlaw named the “Black Ghost” try to scam a rancher out of his property.
- Outlaw Johnny Ringo takes the Judge and Calamity hostage and its up to Buffalo Bill Jr. to save the day.
- A traveling rainmaker and a masked bandit bring excitement and deceit to a drought-stricken Wileyville.
- Buffalo Bill. Jr. investigates the murder of a lawyer that involves two members of a feuding family.
- Buffalo Bill Jr. and Judge Wiley join forces with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to find a gang of outlaws.
- Buffalo Bill Jr. tracks down the killer of a government land commissioner murdered near Wileyville.
- A crook archeologist’s plot to steal sacred Indian land is thwarted by Buffalo Bill Jr. and White Eagle, Bill’s Navajo blood brother.
- Buffalo Bill Jr. and Calamity seek a stagecoach robber.
- Buffalo Bill Jr. and Calamity foil a silver smuggling ring.
Note: Buffalo Bill, Jr. (who rode a black horse named Chief) was named after the frontier bison hunter William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1847-1917). His sister, Calamity (who rode a white horse) was named after the frontierswoman and scout, Calamity Jane (1852-1903).
The series was produced by Gene Autry’s Flying “A” Productions that also produced ADVENTURES OF CHAMPION (1955-56), ANNIE OAKLEY (1954-57), THE GENE AUTRY SHOW (1950-55) and THE RANGE RIDER (1951-52) that also starred Dick Jones as Dick West, the Range Rider’s frontier sidekick.