Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956)





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Disney's Westward Ho, the Wagons is a leisurely paced western which seems more like a collection of anecdotes than a unified whole. Fess "Davy Crockett" Parker stars as head wagon scout Doc Grayson, who shepherds a group of travellers through hostile Indian territory. Preferring to use brains rather than bullets, Grayson is able to ward off an Indian attack through a clever--if costly--diversion. A later crisis is averted when Doc, an amateur physician (hence his nickname), saves the life of a seriously injured chief's son. The action highlights are superbly staged by Yakima Canutt, though not quite as exciting as they should be. Kathleen Crowley costars as Doc's erstwhile sweetheart Laura, while George Reeves, his face obscured by a full beard, makes an effective break from his Superman image as wagon leader James Stephen. The fact that Westward Ho, the Wagons featuerd several of Disney's Mouseketeers (Karen Pendleton, Cubby O'Brien, Doreen Tracy, Tommy Cole) in the supporting cast was plugged to death on TV's Mickey Mouse Club, as was the film's hit song "Wringle, Wrangle".
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Fess Parker
as John "Doc" Grayson
Kathleen Crowley
as Laura Thompson
Jeff York
as Hank Breckenridge
David Stollery
as Dan Thompson
Sebastian Cabot
as Bissonette
George Reeves
as James Stephen
Doreen Tracey
as Bobo Stephen
Barbara Woodell
as Mrs. Stephen
John War Eagle
as Wolf's Brother
Cubby O'Brien
as Jerry Stephen
Tommy Cole
as Jim Stephen
Leslie E. Bradley
as Spencer Armitage
Morgan Woodward
as `Obie' Foster
Iron Eyes Cody
as Many Stars
Anthony Numkena
as Little Thunder
Earl Holliman
as Little Thunder
Karen Pendleton
as Myra Thompson
Jane Liddell
as Ruth Benjamin
Jon Locke
as Ed Benjamin
Brand Stirling
as Tom Foster
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It's a very tough Disney movie to track down these days. I waited a long time to see it and brought high expectations with me especially as Fess Parker is in the lead role. I didn't find it particularly amazing as the editing is horrible and doesn't give it a true movie feel, but pioneers of Frontierland should be entertained nonetheless. The film has an excellent cast that includes some of the original Mouseketeers and the music is a highlight as is typically the case in a Disney movie. (First and only viewing - 11/14/2011)

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