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Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

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Davy Crockett (archive footage)
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George Russel (archive footage)
Basil Ruysdael ...
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)
Helene Stanley ...
Polly Crockett (archive footage)
Nick Cravat ...
Busted Luck (archive footage)
Don Megowan ...
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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The most successful early example of merchandise licensing the sale of various types of Crockett paraphernalia, including coonskin caps and bubble gum cards. Other examples of successful merchandising of the 1950a included products that carried the names of "Hopalong Cassidy" and "Elvis Presley". In the 1960s, included. on this list, are "The Beatles", "The Monkees" and " "Batman"(TV series). See more »

Goofs

When Crockett arrives in western Tennessee, shown on a map, the geography of the scenes still shows east Tennessee mountains. In reality, the Obion River area around Rutherford, where Crockett went, is actually rather flat, river-bottom county, with small hills in comparison to the eastern mountains. 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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Referenced in Alias Jesse James (1959) See more »

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Farewell
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Cali Ann Mitchell
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A 50's Classic that created a craze.

The mid fifties television production of Walt Disney's "Davy Crockett" struck a nerve in the physic of American children. This three part TV mini-series launched the "Davy Crockett Craze", a phenomena that swept the Nation for some time.

Davy Crockett collecting cards, coonskin caps, toys, other assorted memorabilia, and the ever popular recording of the "Ballad of Davy Crockett", were only some of the outward signs of it's vast popularity. Actors, Fess Parker, as Davy Crockett, and Buddy Ebson as his sidekick, Georgie Russell became popular with almost most every child in America, practically over night. The show was so successful that the original three part series was clipped together and released to theaters as a full length movie. Then the Disney Studio produced a two part TV sequel the following year.

There is little doubt that by today's standards there was nothing special about it's plot, or dialog, or the acting, etc. Some critics might go as far to say it was rather silly, childish, and a mediocre production at best.

Perhaps that's all true, but it would miss the most important point. Seldom has any TV production cause so many young people to love a couple of screen characters so deeply, and with such spontaneous joy. In this regard it is a Classic and holds a special place in the history of television art.


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