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)
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 <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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THRILLING ADVENTURES...frontier giants join forces to challenge the might of the River Raiders. See more »


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Davy Crockett och flodpiraterna  »

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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 »


After Davy and Russel are shot out of the canoe by mike fink. We then see a shot of the Gully Wumper as the camera pans to the right Russel is wearing his hat but in the next shot his hat is off and nowhere to be seen, the background also changes. See more »


George Russel: [first lines]
George Russel: [slapping his own butt] Them Kentucky ants got a bite like an alligator.
Davy Crockett: Sure ain't particular what they chaw on.
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King Of The River
Words by Tom Blackburn
Music by George Bruns
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A Great Family Adventure
1 February 2000 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

"Davy Crockett And The River Pirates" was originally produced for television and was broadcast on ABC as two episodes of the "Disneyland" series in 1955.

It is very easy to see why there was a Crockett phenomenon at the time. Fess Parker is perfect as Davy, and his sidekick, Georgie Russel, is played by Buddy Ebson, a few years before "Beverly Hillbillies". They play off of each other like a perfectly matched pair of shoes.

This film is wonderful and makes me wish that Disney had made more of them back in the 1950's. Unfortunately, however, the interest in Crockett was winding down by the time this one played in the theaters, and Disney used Fess Parker in other movies, like "Old Yeller" and "Westward Ho! The Wagons"

Still, this is a great film that is a lot of fun. The boats were later taken to Disneyland and utilized as the Mike Fink Keelboats ride.

-- One sidenote here: the keelboats were removed from Disneyland in 1996 following an accident that dumped a load of passengers into the water! --

As with most of the old Disney titles, I greatly recommend this film.

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