Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier


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, 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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Fess Parker
as Davy Crockett
Buddy Ebsen
as George Russel
William Bakewell
as Major Tobias Norton
Basil Ruysdael
as Gen./Pres. Andrew Jackson
Pat Hogan
as Chief Red Stick
Hans Conried
as Thimblerig
Don Megowan
as Col. William Travis
Helene Stanley
as Polly Crockett
Kenneth Tobey
as Col. Jim Bowie
Campbell Brown
as Bruno, Bigfoot
Jeff Thompson
as Charlie Two Shirts
Nick Cravat
as Busted Luck
Robert Booth
as Second Congressman
Eugene Brindel
as Billy Crockett
Mike Mazurki
as Bigfoot Mason
Hal Youngblood
as Opponent Political Speaker
Jim Maddux
as First Congressman
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Audience Reviews for Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

  • Mar 27, 2010
    One of my all-time favorite movies growing up, and I just watched it again tonight and it was better than ever!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2010
    A very interesting look at Davy Crockett, although it's very inaccurate looking. The costumes look hilarious by today's standards, they look anything but authentic. The story was extremely jumbled around to make it theatrical. Overall, it's a fun movie, but not much more than that.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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