Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

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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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PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Television , Western
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Cast

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

All Critics (4)

Feature version of three TV Disney episodes still fun, exciting

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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August 3, 2005
Daily-Reviews

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July 31, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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August 20, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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August 4, 2004
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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Full Review… | April 17, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

A good movie that has good history. So if you like Davy Crockett it could be the right movie for you to see. My favorite song was Davy Crockett that's a good song

Konrad  Anders
Konrad Anders

Disney's glorification of the American legend is extraordinary, and triggers patriotic feelings. Fess Parker will always be remembered for the role. (First full viewing - Summer 2009)

Adam R
Adam R
½

One of my all-time favorite movies growing up, and I just watched it again tonight and it was better than ever!

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

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