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Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Details


Cashing in on the surprise success of his 1954 [[Feature~V12569~Davy Crockett~americanheroesandlegends:davycrockett]] TV miniseries (first presented on the weekly anthology Disneyland), Walt Disney assembled the three hour-long "Crockett" episodes into a 93 minute theatrical feature. While the re-editing process has created a few noticeable continuity gaps, the results are by and large satisfying: certainly audiences in 1955 were satisfied, if box office returns are any indication (and, of course, they are). [[Performer~P55090~Fess Parker~fessparker]] plays Davy Crockett, Tennessee-born frontiersman, while [[Performer~P88623~Buddy Ebsen~buddyebsen]] (Disney's original choice for Crockett) co-stars as Davy's sidekick George Russell. The film is divided into three long episodes, each separated by a title card. Part one shows Crockett the Indian fighter (politically correct? Of course not!); part two finds Davy winning a seat in the Nashville legislature, where his heroism is rather cynically exploited by presidential candidate Andrew Jackson ([[Performer~P62346~Basil Ruysdael~basilruysdael]]); and part three concludes at the Alamo, with a discreet cutaway just before Davy meets his doom at the hands of Mexican general Santa Anna. Also appearing in this jerry-built film are [[Performer~P14584~Hans Conried~hansconried]] as Thimblerig and [[Performer~P67595~Helene Stanley~helenestanley]] as Davy's wife Polly. And who could forget "The Ballad of Davy Crockett"--not to mention those neato coonskin caps? Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier was followed in 1956 by a "prequel" (likewise cobbled together from three Disneyland episodes), [[Feature~V12570~Davy Crockett and the River Pirates.~davycrockettandtheriverpirates]] ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1954


Fess Parker
as Davy Crockett
Buddy Ebsen
as George Russel
Basil Ruysdael
as Andrew Jackson
Hans Conried
as Thimblerig
Kenneth Tobey
as Col. Jim Bowie
Pat Hogan
as Chief Red Stick
Nick Cravat
as Bustedluck
Mike Mazurki
as Bigfoot Mason
Benjamin Hornbuckle
as Henderson
Ray Whiteside
as Johnny
Hal Youngblood
as Opposing Political Speaker
Henry Joyner
as Swancy
Don Megowan
as Col. Billy Travis
William Bakewell
as Tobias Norton


Norman Foster
Bill Walsh
Tom Blackburn
Tom Blackburn
George Bruns
Composer (Music Score)
George Bruns
Chester Schaeffer