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Walt Disney Treasures: Davy Crockett - The Complete Televised Series (1956)

Fess Parker , Buddy Ebsen , Norman Foster  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York, Kenneth Tobey, Clem Bevans
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Writers: Norman Foster, Thomas W. Blackburn
  • Producers: Bill Walsh
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 268 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KARG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Treasures: Davy Crockett - The Complete Televised Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Only 150,000 sets issued
  • Disc One
  • Davy Crockett Indian Fighter
  • Davy Crockett Goes to Congress
  • Davy Crockett at the Alamo
  • Disc Two
  • Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Supplemental Features
  • "A Conversation with Fess Parker" Leonard Maltin & Fess Parker
  • "The Davy Crockett Craze" with Leonard Maltin
  • Easter Egg: "The Ballad of Davy Crockett"
  • Still Gallery

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All 5 episodes of Walt Disney's Davy Crockett series chronicling the adventures of the King of the Wild Frontier. Beginning with Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter and featuring Davy's adventures all the way up to the Alamo, these classic adventures are fun for the whole family. Introduction by Leonard Maltin.
Episodes: Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter; Davy Crockett Goes to Congress; Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race; Davy Crockett and the River Pirates; Davy Crockett at the Alamo.

Available uncut for the first time, the five episodes of Davy Crockett that aired on Walt Disney's "Disneyland" show (1954-55) launched one of the great pop culture crazes of the '50s. An estimated $300 million worth of Crockett merchandise was sold during the first eight months of the craze, including 10 million "coonskin" caps. Disney didn't spend a lot on the original episodes, but as host Leonard Maltin observes, the colorful location and matte shots distinguished Davy Crockett from the cheesy-looking westerns of the 1950s. The three original episodes were later recut into the theatrical feature Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955); the more comic adventures from the second season that introduced the flamboyant riverman Mike Fink (Jeffrey York) became Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956). Tall and ruggedly handsome, if somewhat limited as an actor, Fess Parker was effective as the laconic frontiersman. The more experienced Buddy Ebsen (playing sidekick Georgie Russel) carried many of their scenes. Fifty years later, Davy Crockett remains an engaging example of national myth making. Younger viewers may be surprised to find this straightforward hero retains much of his appeal in an uncertain time. --Charles Solomon

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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Give 'em What Fer, Davy." December 12, 2004
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Story books tell they wuz all cut low,

Truth of it is, it jest ain't so.

Their spirits'll live

an' their legends grow

as long as we remember

the Al-a-mo!

Davy, Davy Crockett,

fightin' fer lib-er-ty!

This compilation brings together the two feature films edited from the two Crockett series runs from the mid-1950s, the original 3-part mini-series ("Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter","Davy Crockett Goes to Congress", and "Davy Crockett At the Alamo") and the 2-part second series ("Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" and "Davy Crockett & the River Pirates"). It is a great transfer of all the materials and something to kick back and utterly enjoy, both as nostalgia and as good cinematic storytelling.

While some of the historicity here is arguable ( there was, for instance, no Creek war chief named "Red Stick"...the "Red Sticks" were a warrior clan WITHIN the Creek nation...and led by a WHITE man) , the depiction of Crockett's character and personality as interpreted by Fess Parker, seem just about dead-on . And the verve and spirit of the thing, enlivened by Tom Blackburn's jaunty balladry, is just a feast for the soul. And what more is there to say about the performances of Buddy Ebsen as George Russell and Jeff York as the irrepressable Mike Fink except "Bravo" (and let's not overlook Kenneth Tobey, who played

Jim Bowie in the "Alamo" episode, only to turn around just a year later to appear as Mike Fink's "Gullywhumper" first mate, "Jocko").

An earlier reviewer "Richard Ceourdelion" (I hope Robin Hood got him safely returned to his throne) complained about not liking these compilations as much as the "real t.v. show".
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fess Parker as Walt Disney's version of Davy Crockett August 30, 2004
I missed out on the Davy Crockett craze, which means I did not have a coonskin cap and was not running around the neighborhood singing 'The Ballad of Davy Crockett" over and over again. By the time I was watching television Fess Parker was Daniel Boone and not Davy Crockett, so it took a bit of mental rearrangement to get my young mind around the idea that he was both when "The Wonderful World of Disney" rebroadcast the adventures of Davy Crockett. They made enough of an impression that my brother and I compelled our parents to buy us the Disney record that had audio versions of the three adventures. So it has been nigh on thirty-five years since I done seen these original adventure of Davy Crockett and I was a might surprised to learn they hold up pretty well.

"Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" combines "Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter," "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress," and "Davy Crockett at the Alamo." Davy and his sidekick Georgie Russell (Buddy Ebsen) stop a Creek uprising and convince Chief Red Stick (Pat Hogan) to return to the ways of peace despite the help of Captain Norton (William Bakewell) and with the tactic approval of General Andy Jackson (Basil Ruysdael), spends some time speechifying in the United States Congress, and then joins the small band of volunteers led by Jim Bowie (Kenneth Tobey) defending the Alamo against the Mexican army of General Santa Ana. The middle part of the trilogy is the weakest of the adventures seeing as how Davy has to dress up in fancy duds to walk around the halls of Congress.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Davy Crockett films on one shiny DVD!!! August 22, 2006
Disney does it again with another awesome reissue on DVD!!! Includes BOTH Davy Crockett movies (Davy Crockett King Of the Wild Frontier & Davy Crockett and the River Pirates) on one single-sided DVD!!! Also includes a cartoon short titled "The Lone Chipmunks". Great adventure classics perfect for the entire family!!! Two thumbs up!!! Five stars!!! A+
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4.0 out of 5 stars King of the Wild Frontier July 2, 2006
Walt Disney made five television shows about Davy Crockett with Fess Parker in the title role and Buddy Ebsen as his sidekick George Russel. You can now own all five of these television shows in two versions. This version combines the five television shows into two movies. I personally prefer the Disney Treasures version, which presents all five as they were originally shown on television. The Disney Treasures version also includes additional material that may be interesting to a fan of the series.

The two movies in this set are diverse in style. The first movie is "Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier." This movie combines the television episodes "Davy Crockett - Indian Fighter," "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress," and "Davy Crockett at the Alamo." These movies have some basis in historical fact, though many of the things portrayed in this movie are wrong. For example, Davy left the rifle he called "Betsy" back in Tennessee when he went to Texas.

What is amazing about these television shows is the response of Americans. Suddenly children everywhere were sporting coonskin caps and carrying replicas of muzzle-loading rifles. It became unfashionable to be a Native American, and very fashionable to say "bar" instead of bear.

Though Davy did not survive the events at the Alamo, Davy's popularity was such that Walt Disney brought Davy back in two additional television adventures, "Davy Crockett and the Keelboat Race" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates." According to Walt Disney, this second set of adventures was based on stories created about Davy Crockett, who had become a legend in his own time. The stories were more humorous than the first three, and showed an even larger-than-life version of Davy Crockett than the first three adventures.
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