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Davy Crockett -Two Movie Set

Fess Parker captured the hearts of millions with his strong, confident portrayal of the legendary king of the wild frontier. Climb aboard for two rip-roaring adventures with Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) and his trusty companion George (Buddy Ebsen) as they encounter dangerous rapids, treacherous river pirates, a tomahawk duel, and excitement at every turn.

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  1. William R. Hancock says

    “Give ‘em What Fer, Davy.” 0

  2. Lawrance Bernabo says

    Fess Parker as Walt Disney’s version of Davy Crockett I missed out on the Davy Crockett craze, which means I did not have a coonskin cap and was not running around the neighborhood singing ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett” over and over again. By the time I was watching television Fess Parker was Daniel Boone and not Davy Crockett, so it took a bit of mental rearrangement to get my young mind around the idea that he was both when “The Wonderful World of Disney” rebroadcast the adventures of Davy Crockett. They made enough of an impression that my brother and I compelled our parents to buy us the Disney record that had audio versions of the three adventures. So it has been nigh on thirty-five years since I done seen these original adventure of Davy Crockett and I was a might surprised to learn they hold up pretty well.”Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” combines “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter,” “Davy Crockett Goes to Congress,” and “Davy Crockett at the Alamo.” Davy and his sidekick Georgie Russell (Buddy Ebsen) stop a Creek uprising and convince Chief Red Stick (Pat Hogan) to return to the ways of peace despite the help of Captain Norton (William Bakewell) and with the tactic approval of General Andy Jackson (Basil Ruysdael), spends some time speechifying in the United States Congress, and then joins the small band of volunteers led by Jim Bowie (Kenneth Tobey) defending the Alamo against the Mexican army of General Santa Ana. The middle part of the trilogy is the weakest of the adventures seeing as how Davy has to dress up in fancy duds to walk around the halls of Congress. The conclusion at the Alamo is the most memorable sequence, having a more serious tone and some impressive production values when you consider the entire battle is being shot on a soundstage (for years when I drew the Alamo it was the Disney version and not the real one that I was drawing).Directed by Norman Foster and written by Thomas Blackburn, the biggest surprise in these episodes is Davy’s attitude towards the Indians. Instead of just killing Red Stick in their tomahawk duel Davy persuades the chief to return to the land. He stops Bigfoot Mason (Mike Mazurki) from stealing the land of Charlie Two Shirts (Jeff Thompson), gives a speech in Congress defending the right of Indians to their tribal lands, and befriends the brave Busted Luck (Nick Cravat) on the way to the Alamo. The climatic battle has an appropriate gravity and does a tolerable job of sticking to history beyond reducing the role of Colonel Travis (Don Megowan). When Davy sings a final song on the last night of the battle there is an unexpected poignancy, which contrasts well with the simple determination to stay there until the end. The sight of Davy swinging old Betsy as a club while about to be overwhelmed by the Mexican troops is a memorable final image of our hero.Ultimately the main strength of these stories are the performances of the two leads. Parker completely natural in the role and Ebsen shows an understated comic touch throughout. The friendship between Davy and Georgie becomes the one constant throughout the adventures. There are several fine supporting performances as well, particularly Ruysdael as Andy Jackson and Tobey as a fatalistic Jim Bowie. Veteran character actor Hans Conreid plays Thimbelrig, a gambler the boys pick up on their way to Texas. Granted, the nostalgic aspects of “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” is going to be a strong part of the entertainment value here, but these are very good yarns for the Fifties.”Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” includes both that fifth and final adventures of Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) and his friend Georgie Russell (Buddy Ebsen), and the previous tale “Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race.” The common denominator between the two is not only the Mississippi River but also the self-styled King of the River, the braggart and brawler Mike Fink (Jeff York). Unlike the first three adventures of the legendary American collected together in the 1955 film “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier,” these 1956 tales place a greater emphasis on comedy (although Mike Fink’s character is a lot more realistic in the second adventure).The first half has Mike Fink getting Georgia all liquored up and betting all the furs he and Davy collected during the winter on the outcome of a keelboat race. The race down the Mississippi to New Orleans becomes as much of a battle of wits as anything else as Mike and Davy pull one trick on each other (Mike’s tend to be more underhanded). However, in the end the two become friends, and when Davy and Georgie encounter the River Pirates led by Sam Mason (Mort Mills), Mike lends a hand. The problem is that the pirates have been dressing up as Indians to attack boats on the river and this is causing tensions between the real Indians and the settlers. If there is one thing that defines Davy Crockett in these Disney adventures it is the fact that he is a friend to the Indians,…

  3. Jason P. Pumphrey "the movie & music man" says

    Both Davy Crockett films on one shiny DVD!!! 0

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