The Swamp Fox (TV series)

The Swamp Fox is a television miniseries produced by Walt Disney and starring Leslie Nielsen as American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion.[1]

The theme song ("Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat..."[2]) was sung by Nielsen as well.[3] Myron Healey played Marion's top aide, Maj./Col. Peter Horry. One of the Swamp Fox's adversaries was Colonel Banastre Tarleton, played by John Sutton. Patrick Macnee played a British captain, Tim Considine played Marion's nephew Gabe Marion and Slim Pickens played Plunkett, one of the Swamp Fox's men. Hal Stalmaster appeared in three of the eight episodes as "Gwynn." The Swamp Fox did not bring to Disney the commercial success that had been achieved by Davy Crockett.

The series encompassed eight intermittent episodes running from 1959 to 1961 as part of Walt Disney Presents.[4] Episodes were presented on Sundays on ABC from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and were also broadcast by CBC Television.

The Disney Channel reran Swamp Fox episodes in the 1980s and 1990s,[5] while Nielsen was at the height of a second career as a white-haired comedy movie star. The first three episodes of the series were also released in 2005 on DVD (in a set including three episodes of The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca).

The actual Francis Marion typically rode into battle with a battered pot used as a makeshift helmet rather than a tri-cornered hat, which didn't seem feasible for marketing children's merchandise.


Episode # Title Original Airdate
1 "The Birth of the Swamp Fox" October 23, 1959[1]
2 "Brother Against Brother" October 30, 1959
3 "Tory Vengeance" [1] January 1, 1960
4 "Day of Reckoning" January 8, 1960
5 "Redcoat Strategy" January 15, 1960
6 "A Case of Treason" January 22, 1960
7 "A Woman's Courage" January 8, 1961
8 "Horses for Greene" January 15, 1961


  1. ^ a b Brode, Douglas (2006). Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment. University of Texas Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0292709607.
  2. ^ Fantazia, Joan (February 26, 1998). "War Tails for Nielsen in 'Swamp Fox'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Hahn, Cary J. (January 6, 2011). "Actor Leslie Nielsen played Marion's namesake". Marion Times. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Savvas, George (November 29, 2010). "Leslie Nielsen's 1961 Visit to Disneyland Park". Disney Parks. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Patterson, Lezlie (January 5, 2017). "From a Disney TV show, USC scholar's passion in 'Swamp Fox' was born". The State. Retrieved September 2, 2018.

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