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Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier is a 1955 adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is an edited compilation of the first three episodes of the Davy Crockett television miniseries, Davy Crockett Indian Fighter, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress, and Davy Crockett at the Alamo, starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett. [2]

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
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Directed byNorman Foster
Produced byWalt Disney
Written byTom Blackburn
StarringFess Parker
Buddy Ebsen
Music byThomas W. Blackburn (lyrics)
George Bruns
Edward H. Plumb (orchestration)
CinematographyCharles P. Boyle
Edited byChester W. Schaeffer
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
May 25, 1955 (1955-05-25)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2,150,000 (US)[1]

Contents

PlotEdit

Creek Indian WarsEdit

Two Tennessee wilderness settlers, Davy Crockett and his best friend Georgie Russell, volunteer to fight with General Andrew Jackson and Major Tobias Norton in the Creek War. They return home after a successful battle, rejoining a year later to find the Americans at a stalemate against the Creeks. Against Norton's orders, Crockett and Russell scout for Creek positions, and Russell is captured.

Crockett tracks the Creeks to their camp, where he challenges the remaining Creek chief, Red Stick, to a tomahawk duel for Russell's life. Crockett wins, but agrees to spare Red Stick's life in exchange for his signing the American peace treaty.

Off to CongressEdit

Crockett and Russell head west to scout virgin territory being opened for settlement, where they acquire a claim after beating Bigfoot Mason in a shooting contest. They learn that Mason is running Native Americans off their land in order to resell it, and befriend a family of Cherokee refugees Mason has victimized. Crockett offers to become the magistrate for the area. Crockett defeats Mason in hand-to-hand combat before arresting him and his accomplices.

After learning of his wife's death, Crockett decides to run for the state legislature against Amos Thorpe, a corrupt politician in league with men trying to claim Cherokee lands, who is running unopposed. Crockett wins handily and becomes a popular member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he reunites with Norton and newly-elected President of the United States Jackson. Norton, trying to pass a bill to usurp Native American treaty lands, has Crockett embark on a speaking tour across the eastern United States to distract him, but Russell learns of the bill and brings Crockett back to Washington to argue against it. Crockett tears the bill in half before leaving, ending his political career.

The AlamoEdit

Crockett decides to join the Battle of the Alamo, joined by a reluctant Russell. While traveling to San Antonio, they are joined by Thimblerig, a riverboat gambler, and Busted Luck, a Comanche tribesman. Reaching the Alamo, the Texan garrison withstands several attacks from Mexican troops before being overcome. Russell, Thimblerig, Busted Luck, Travis and a bedridden Colonel James Bowie are all killed, leaving Crockett the sole survivor. Crockett kills several Mexicans, though the surrounding Mexican army will inevitably kill him as well.

ProductionEdit

Most footage was shot in Tennessee and Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks, California.[3][4][5]

The three segments comprising the film, which originally aired on Walt Disney's Disneyland, were popular enough for Walt Disney to release them theatrically. The film remains Disney's most successful television film project, inspiring two prequel episodes for the television series which were later released in theaters as Davy Crockett and the River Pirates.

CastEdit

SongsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ Dave Smith. Disney A to Z. Disney Editions, 2006. 161.
  3. ^ https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/hiking-trails-in-la-the-best-hikes-with-waterfalls
  4. ^ Schneider, Jerry L. (2015). Western Filming Locations Book 1. CP Entertainment Books. Page 116. ISBN 9780692561348.
  5. ^ Fleming, E.J. (2010). The Movieland Directory: Nearly 30,000 Addresses of Celebrity Homes, Film Locations and Historical Sites in the Los Angeles Area, 1900–Present. McFarland. Page 48. ISBN 9781476604329.

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