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Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 6 January 1950 (USA)
Davy Crockett (not the famous Alamo hero, but his nephew) guides a wagon train through hostile territory and rescues the cavalry from ambushing Indians.

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It's 1848 and a wagon train with an Army escort is heading west through Indian territory, It's scout is Davy Crockett, nephew of his more famous namesake. There is spy amongst them informing the Indians. They survive the first Indian attack and then push on. They have a choice of two passes through the mountains. Learing of the pass to be defended by the Indians, they head for the other. But upon ariving, the Indians attack. Somehow they have been informed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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TOUGH, FEARLESS FIGHTER OF THE FRONTIER! (original print media ad - all caps)

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Re-released at the time Disney's version of Davy Crockett was popular, the newspaper print ad contained a blurb reading: FREE Davy Crockett badge to all kiddies. See more »

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After Crockett saves Red Hawk's life by killing an Indian with his knife, they both pick up the dead Indian to hide the body. The dead Indian then grabs Crockett's right arm to keep from slipping. See more »

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Edited from Kit Carson (1940) See more »

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A Crock Of A Crockett!
8 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

AH YES, HOW well we remember this movie! We always associate it with the Thanksgiving Holidsay; for It is a true Turkey if there ever was one!

NOW, IT'S NOT that it is not the Walt Disney version which it isn't. Or it has no Fess Parker, which it doesn't, no Georgie Russell, no Tennesee backwoods, no Chief Red Stick, Mike Fink, Riverboats, no "grinnin'down bears", no U.S. Comngress and not even a mention of the Alamo. These items are irritating, but only in a minor sense.

WHAT REALLY BOTHERS us is that it seems to be a sort of Western Movie anachronism. The period portrayed looks more like the post Civil War era than the 1820's and '30's; which would be about the right time-line. After all, Davy Crocket's life spanned 1786-1836.

WHEN WE SCREENED this movie, it was on the rebound. Originally released in 1950, it was hurried back into a re-release in 1955. It was a case of "making hay while the sun shines", for the Disney DAVY CROCKETT boom was in full flower. Why wouldn't the producers get out there again? The title would get the audience and the kids wouldn't know the difference; at least until It was too late.

THE LEAD WAS tall, athletic and handsome, George Montgomery. He was a former Heavyweight Prize Fighter, World War II Army Air Corps veteran and highly respected movie star. In addition to many other higher class Westerns, he had also portrayed Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe in THE BRASHER DOUBLOON (20th Century-Fox, 1947).

AMONG OTHER SHORTCOMINGS, it was in glorious Black & Wjhite, its costuming had the "Dime Store Cowboy" look, the exteriors looked a lot like the famous Ray Corrigan Ranch*,nobody sounded East Tenneesee and there was no attempt authentically recreate the real period.

WE SEEM TO recall some other rather glaring errors in this chronological thing. It seems that the "cowboys" used more modern weapons. Rather than black powder loading flintlocks, we recall six guns and carbines.

EVEN IN NAMING the characters there was no logic used. Noah Berry, Jr. was called "Tex"; which was a very unlikely moniker then. This was before the Alamo, right?

WE WENT TO see this movie as part of my birthday present. I could take a friend, so we asked neighbor kid, David Brommer, to accompany us. It was my choice to decide between which of the two local theatres to attend. This DAVY CROCKETT, Indian FIGHTER was at the Ogden, 63rd Street & Ashland. The Highway at 63rd & Western had ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE KEYSTONE KOPS. Although my pal, David, lobbied for ABBOTT & COSTELLO.

AGFTER ALL THESE years, I admit it. I was wrong. I'm sorry Sorry, David. Next time you choose, okay?


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