Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

directed by Norman Foster
Category: "Action/Adventure"
Year of Release:1955
Date Added:01/12/2018
Date Watched:01/12/2018
Description:Film created by re-edited TV show.
The adventures of Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) and his sidekick George Russel (Buddy Ebsen). The movie opens with Crockett and Russel as volunteers in General Jackson's war with the Creek Indians. When Russel is captured, Crockett challenges Chief Red Stick to a fight and wins (of course). He lets Red Stick live and convinces him to stop fighting. After spending winter at home with his wife Polly (Helene Stanley), Davy takes off to find a new place to settle. He ends up in a community harassed by the bully Bigfoot Mason. Davy takes on the job of sheriff and challenges Bigfoot to a fight. Polly dies off-screen. Davy is elected to the Tennessee Congress and then the U.S. Congress. When he makes a speech against Jackson's Indian bill, he knows his career is over. He and Russel take off for Texas and end up in the Alamo where they fight to the death.
My Rating:5

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Review - Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

For reasons that are probably inexplicable at this remove, the TV shows from which this move was made set off a national craze for all things Crockett. The plot was completely ridiculous at times—like when Davy tried to kill a bear, and then an Indian, by grinning at it. Other times it tried to make a political statement. At then it got dramatic in the (woefully unimpressive) Alamo scene.

Fess Parker's corn pone accent and hillbilly speech kept slipping in and out. The fight scenes were blood-free (of course, in a movie made for children) but also rather lazy and unconvincing. Crockett's character isn't really developed—he's just this down-home guy who keeps finding himself in the position to be a hero.

I know I'm not the target audience, but it's hard to see how this led to a nationwide fad.
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