Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955). "Two hundred stubborn men can do a terrible lot."
Join us for this week's episode Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier. We talk Indian wars, battles of honor, congressional fever dreams, the love of your real partner, obliterating townie competition, ignoring Mexican warnings, and why you never, ever test the the 400-1 ratio. Does this movie have us killing a bar bare- handed or would we rather starve to death with hundreds of dudes? Find out now!
Storyline :Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davy Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives. Finally, Crockett and Russell journey to Texas and partake in the last stand at the Alamo.
Directors: Norman Foster
Writers: Thomas W. Blackburn
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, and Hans Conried
Film Budget: Unknown
Gross Worldwide: $2,150,000
Well we all know this theme song
All you need to survive in the wilderness is your best friend, your coon skin cap, and some helpful fun facts.
Buddy Ebsen was going to play Davy Crockett until Walt Disney saw Fess Parker in Them! (1954). When he saw Parker, he said, "That's my Davy Crockett!" On November 12th 2021, Disney+ Day, Disney announced that Disenchanted would be coming to Disney+ exclusively, in Fall 2022.
Walt Disney said that if he had known the success that Davy Crockett was going to have he wouldn't have killed him off in the third TV episode.
This film made $1 million despite the fact that over 50% of the U.S. had already seen it on TV. This was least, in part, due to the fact that the reviews and promotional material, for this film, gave no indication that this was a compilation of 2 of the 3, one hour "Davy Crockett" TV episodes,"Davy Crockett Indian Fighter" (1954) and "Davy Crockett At The Alamo" (1955). The only difference, between the TV and movie version was that the theatrical version was in color. ABC TV, which first aired "Disneyland" (1954), did not broadcast in color, at that time.
"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" is the only song ever to be charted on Billboard's Top 10 Popular Songs at the same time by three different artists. When Bill Hayes' version was number one on the pop charts, versions sung by Fess Parker and by Tennessee Ernie Ford were also simultaneously ranked in the Billboard Top Ten.
Supporting actor Kenneth Tobey (Col. Jim Bowie) joined the cast in the second Davy Crockett release, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, as Mike Fink's right hand man, Jocko.
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