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Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

Approved | | Family, Western, Adventure | 25 May 1955 (USA)
Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »

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Davy Crockett (archive footage)
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George Russel (archive footage)
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Gen. / President Andrew Jackson (archive footage)
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Thimblerig (archive footage)
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Maj. Tobias Norton (archive footage)
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Col. Jim Bowie (archive footage) (as Ken Tobey)
Pat Hogan ...
Chief Red Stick (archive footage)
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Polly Crockett (archive footage)
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Busted Luck (archive footage)
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Col. William Travis (archive footage)
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Bigfoot Mason (archive footage)
Jeff Thompson ...
Charlie Two Shirts (archive footage)
Henry Joyner ...
Swaney (archive footage)
Campbell Brown ...
Bruno (archive footage) (as Colonel Campbell Brown)
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Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives. Finally, Crockett and Russell journey to Texas and partake in the last stand at the Alamo. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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| (3 parts) (TV)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a bit short for three separate segments, so the iconic song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was written with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Thomas W. Blackburn becoming a hit in the 1950's. The most successful version was achieved by Bill Hayes,who is practically a lifetime star (1970-2012) on TV's Soap Opera "Days Of Our Lives" (1965). His version of "The Ballad Davy Crockett" hit #1 in 1955. on The Billboard Pop chart. See more »

Goofs

As the camera scans across the river from where Andy Jackson is camped near the beginning of the film, a modern house can be seen for a second or two. See more »

Quotes

Chief Red Stick: Why you no kill me?
Davy Crockett: Maybe because of another law. We have trouble living up to it, but it ain't bad for red man or white man: thou shall not kill.
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Connections

Referenced in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) See more »

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Farewell
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Cali Ann Mitchell
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Bad Grammar And Coonskin Caps - Those Were The Days!
21 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, was this big stuff back in the mid '50s. I remember my little brother walking around with his coonskin cap on all day. This was exciting material back then, and when we were young boys. When we first saw this, it wasn't one film but three episodes on the weekly "Disneyland" TV program.

Looking at it 50 years later was a bit disappointing, but I should have expected that. It looks so dated and the story ends so abruptly. However, it was still fun to watch, not just a piece of nostalgia.

It's almost refreshing to see such a likable, old-fashioned, God-honoring hero on screen again. You certainly don't see a lot of that today.

The grammar is so bad in here with Davy (Fess Parker) and his buddy "George" (Buddy Ebsen) and the expressions so country-corn pone that you can't believe some of the things you hear!

The best part for us old codgers might be that Davy Crockett theme song. Tough to get that out of your head, once it's in there.


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