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Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

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Cashing in on the surprise success of his 1954 Davy Crockett TV miniseries first presented on the weekly anthology Disneyland, Walt Disney assembled the three hour-long "Crockett" episodes into a 93 minute theatrical feature. While the re-editing process has created a few noticeable continuity gaps, the results are by and large satisfying: certainly audiences in 1955 were satisfied, if box office returns are any indication and, of course, they are. Fess Parker plays Davy Crockett, Tennessee-born frontiersman, ...
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Cashing in on the surprise success of his 1954 Davy Crockett TV miniseries first presented on the weekly anthology Disneyland, Walt Disney assembled the three hour-long "Crockett" episodes into a 93 minute theatrical feature. While the re-editing process has created a few noticeable continuity gaps, the results are by and large satisfying: certainly audiences in 1955 were satisfied, if box office returns are any indication and, of course, they are. Fess Parker plays Davy Crockett, Tennessee-born frontiersman, while Buddy Ebsen Disney's original choice for Crockett co-stars as Davy's sidekick George Russell. The film is divided into three long episodes, each separated by a title card. Part one shows Crockett the Indian fighter politically correct? Of course not!; part two finds Davy winning a seat in the Nashville legislature, where his heroism is rather cynically exploited by presidential candidate Andrew Jackson Basil Ruysdael; and part three concludes at the Alamo, with a discreet cutaway just before Davy meets his doom at the hands of Mexican general Santa Anna. Also appearing in this jerry-built film are Hans Conried as Thimblerig and Helene Stanley as Davy's wife Polly. And who could forget "The Ballad of Davy Crockett"--not to mention those neato coonskin caps? Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier was followed in 1956 by a "prequel" likewise cobbled together from three Disneyland episodes, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • UPC: 786936027259
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fess Parker Davy Crockett
Buddy Ebsen George Russel
Basil Ruysdael Andrew Jackson
Hans Conried Thimblerig
Kenneth Tobey Col. Jim Bowie
Pat Hogan Chief Red Stick
Helene Stanley Polly Crockett
Nick Cravat Bustedluck
Mike Mazurki Bigfoot Mason
Jeff Thompson Charlie Two Shirts
Benjamin Hornbuckle Henderson
Robert Booth Second Congressman
Ray Whiteside Johnny
William Bakewell Tobias Norton
Henry Joyner Swancy
Don Megowan Col. Billy Travis
Hal Youngblood Opposing Political Speaker
Technical Credits
Norman Foster Director
Tom Blackburn Songwriter, Screenwriter
Charles P. Boyle Cinematographer
George Bruns Score Composer, Songwriter
Chester Schaeffer Editor
Bill Walsh Producer
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