Tafero's DVD Reviews of the Day (2009) - Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier - 1955
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Tafero's DVD Reviews of the Day (2009) - Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier - 1955

This is a dvd movie review of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. This is the highly fictional account of the Disney version of Davey Crockett.

2009 – Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier – 1955 – Directed by Norman Foster and starring Fess Parker as Davy. I can guarantee you that this film is not among the top 700, 1000, or even 2000 films ever made, all of which I have writen books on. However, it will always be in my top 700, 1000 and 2000 film lists because it is both an icon of my childhood and and an icon of the Disney studios. You could take the last 100 Disney productions combined and it would not come close to the impact that this film had on the youth of America in the 1950s. Buddy Ebsen as Georgie Russell, also does a great job as Davy’s sidekick in this film. Ebsen was not the world’s best supporting actor, either, but he brings us a sympathetic Georgie with a good sense of humor. It’s all there in glorious technicolor; the fringe clothing that set a style for women, in particular, in the 1960s, the coon-skin cap and the Bowie knife which took up almost half the screen when it was unsheathed. Crocodile Dundee was NOT the first guy in film to wield a bowie knife; that honor would go to Davy Crockett (or more accurately, Jim Bowie, who was in charge of the Alamo). The music, of course, is unforgetable. Anyone who has not heard of the Ballad of Davy Crockett has to be very young, indeed. Disney Studios has a great knack of keeping these types of songs current through repeated airings of the film on the Disney Channel. By the way, if you did not have a coon-skin cap in the 1950s as a boy, you were a social outcast.

It covers, in less than true historical perspective, the highlights of Crockett’s legacy. It include his Indian-fighting exploits (where the dirty redskins are portrayed in a highly stereotypical fashion), his Washington DC experience as a congressman (which I am sure was far more trecherous than his dealings with the Indians), and finally his eventual demise at the Alamo (but not before killing approximately a third of the Mexican forces of Santa Anna). That the film is practically pure fiction really didn’t matter; not to a kid. It was the images that mattered. By the way, Crockett is now a much more sympathetic figure as an Alamo hero than he was as an Indian-fighter, because that has become politically incorrect. Highly recommended for children of all ages.

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