Davy Crockett: King Of The Wild Frontier/River Pirates [DVD]

This set contains two of the Disney Davy Crockett adventures that featured Fess Parker as the coonskin cap wearing American hero. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates were both directed by Norman Foster and feature such escapades as our hero disarming a bear with just a smile and surviving some dangerous natural environments during a boat trip to New Orleans.
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Special Features

  • The Lone Chipmunks - cartoon short
  • Spanish-language track
  • French and Spanish subtitles
  • Closed Captioned


Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Cashing in on the surprise success of his 1954 Davy Crockett 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). Fess Parker plays Davy Crockett, Tennessee-born frontiersman, while Buddy Ebsen (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 (Basil Ruysdael); 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 Hans Conried as Thimblerig and Helene Stanley 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), Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
Like its predecessor Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, Walt Disney's Davy Crockett and the River Pirates was cobbled together from two episodes of the weekly TV anthology Disneyland. Though it wasn't so labelled at the time, River Pirates is actually a "prequel" to the earlier film, detailing events that allegedly occured in Crockett's life before his rendezvous with destiny at the Alamo. Set in 1810, the first half of the story deals with a river race to New Orleans between Davy (Fess Parker) and his friendly enemy Mike Fink (Jeff York). Once this plot strand has run its course, the film segues into Davy and Mike's attempts to prevent an Indian war which is being fomented by a renegade white man. Linking these two episodes are the spirited ballads of Davy's pal George Russel (Buddy Ebsen). Like the first "Davy Crockett" venture, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates cleaned up at the box-office and increased department-store sales of those coonskin caps (remember?) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Fess Parker
    Fess Parker - Davy Crockett
  • Buddy Ebsen
    Buddy Ebsen - George Russel
  • Basil Ruysdael
    Basil Ruysdael - Andrew Jackson
  • Hans Conried
    Hans Conried - Thimblerig
  • Kenneth Tobey
    Kenneth Tobey - Col. Jim Bowie

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