Tombstone question RE: Doc Holliday

Adam Sanchez

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In the movie does he say "I'm your Huckleberry" or "I'm HERE Huckleberry"? Or does he actually say both?
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Sam Hatch

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I have a friend who swore up and down for months that Doc was saying "I'm your hunk of butter."
*slaps forehead*
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Carlos Mendoza

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The better question is: What does it mean? Was this a popular expression in the old west? Is saying you are someone's "huckleberry" an insult to them, or are you merely identifying yourself? What would an equivalent statement be today?
Surely there's an historian out there that can shed a little light on this.
 
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Never heard the phrase before outside of this movie, so if there is a historical reference, I am not aware of it. However it always seemed to me to be an allusion to Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were running buddies who would frequently get each other into mischief. By identifying himself as "Huckleberry", Doc Holiday is saying 'if you want trouble, I'll help you find it.'
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Mikah Cerucco

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Hunk of Butter, eh? Looks like I'm not the only one who can benefit from Closed Captions. :)
I did see a historical reference to Huckleberry at one time, but I can no longer remember what it was. It was a site that also translated the Latin going on between Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo. As I remember, the phrase is historically correct. There are even songs that use it.
 

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