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Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)

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Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Davy Crockett (archive footage)
George Russel (archive footage)
Jeff York ...
Mike Fink (archive footage)
Jocko (archive footage)
Cap'n Cobb (archive footage)
Irvin Ashkenazy ...
Moose (archive footage)
Mort Mills ...
Sam Mason (archive footage)
Paul Newlan ...
Big Harpe (archive footage)
Frank Richards ...
Little Harpe (archive footage)
Troy Melton ...
(archive footage)
Fiddler (archive footage)
Dick Crockett ...
(archive footage)
Walter Catlett ...
Col. Plug (archive footage)


Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of river pirates trying to pass themselves off as Native Americans. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Fess Parker (Davey Crockett) and Jeff York (Mike Fink) would later go on the following year to do Disney's Old Yeller, but never have a scene together in that movie See more »


The move is set in 1810. Davy asks Georgie to charge up Old Betsy in the saloon. Davy got his rifle, Old Betsy, in the 1820's. See more »


George Russel: [first lines]
George Russel: [slapping his own butt] Them Kentucky ants got a bite like an alligator.
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davy crockett takes on Mike fink, then they both go after river pirates.
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the second of two Disney Crockett theatrical features, edited from a pair of Disneyland TV episodes during that show's second season. The first three Crockett stories, run during the first season and then later released theatrically as a mini-epic, were all at least in part based on Crockett's life, as the opening image - his journal allowing us to slip inside - makes clear. The follow-ups were based on the famed Almanacks that appeared after Crockett's death in 1836, and so are right filmed in a much broader style, visually suggesting a tall tale rather than a fact based adventure. In the first half, Davy (Fess Parker) and pal Georgie (Buddy Ebsen) engage in a legendary keel boat race with Mike Fink (Jeff York). Lots of good natured action-fun. In the second part, they join forces to eradicate the wicked river pirates who not only prey on innocent passersby but blame their wicked deeds on the innocent Indians. That allows for a highly effective message, much like that in the first film, whereby Crockett becomes a spokesman for Indians' rights. As always in Disney, the entertainment qualities are balanced with an attempt to educate the audience on the greatness of ethnic diversity. Some fifty years after its release, this is still a delight.

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