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Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 18 July 1956 (USA)
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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Norman Foster

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Thomas W. Blackburn (as Tom Blackburn), Norman Foster
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fess Parker ... Davy Crockett (archive footage)
Buddy Ebsen ... George Russel (archive footage)
Jeff York ... Mike Fink (archive footage)
Kenneth Tobey ... Jocko (archive footage)
Clem Bevans ... Cap'n Cobb (archive footage)
Irvin Ashkenazy 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 ... Minor Role (archive footage)
Hank Worden ... Fiddler (archive footage)
Walter Catlett ... Colonel Plug (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Exciting New Adventures... as two frontier giants, Davy Crockett and Mike Fink, challenge the river raiders! See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Davy Crockett och flodpiraterna See more »

Filming Locations:

Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Supporting actor Kenneth Tobey gained fame in the role of the heroic Air Force captain battling the alien in The Thing From Another World. His red hair kept him from lead roles in color films. See more »

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The real Samual Mason and the Harpe Brothers died between 1799 and 1804 the movie is set in 1810. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

UK version submitted to the BBFC in December 2003 is "re-edited" and runs 78 min. See more »


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Ballad Of Davy Crockett
Words by Tom Blackburn
Words by Tom Blackburn
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A Great Family Adventure
1 February 2000 | by GEM-20See 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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