Davy Crockett

ABC (ended 1955)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 3

    Guardian Spirit

    Aired 1/13/89

  • S 3 : Ep 2

    A Natural Man

    Aired 12/18/88

  • S 3 : Ep 1

    Rainbow in the Thunder

    Aired 11/20/88

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

    Aired 7/18/56

  • S 2 : Ep 2

    Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

    Aired 12/14/55

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gary Grubbs

    Georgie Russell (1988-89)

  • Buddy Ebsen

    Georgie Russell

  • Fess Parker

    Davy Crockett

  • Tim Dunigan

    Davy Crockett (1988-89)

  • Barry Corbin

    Jimmy Crockett

  • show Description
  • The classic Walt Disney series featuring the life of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, starring Fess Parker (Daniel Boone) and Buddy Ebsen (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones) as the legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett and his best friend, Georgie Russell. The series followed their adventures through the Indian Wars, Davy's tenure in Congress, travels down the Missisippi River, and the last stand at the Alamo.The five episodes of the series aired as segments of "Disneyland"; in 1954 and 1955. Later, they were re-edited and packaged into the theatrical releases Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. In 1989, Disney launched a revival series, with Tim Dunigan and Gary Grubbs. Though good in its own right, it never reached the popularity of the original Fess Parker episodes.The popularity of the shows made the "Ballad of Davy Crockett" a chart-topping single and inspired children across the country to sport coonskin caps.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Georgie Russell: Looks like the major really got hisself into trouble. Davy Crockett: Reckon we'll have to get him out of it. Georgie Russell: How? Davy Crockett: We'll surround 'em. Georgie Russell: You think there's enough of us? Davy Crockett: We'll give 'em the old Crockett charge.

    • Ballad: Andy Jackson is our general's name. His regular soldiers we put to shame. Those redskin varmints us volunteers'll tame Cuz we got the guns with the sure-fire aim.

    • Davy Crockett: Hope your army sharpshooters don't mistake us for Injuns. Gen. Jackson: If they do, I'll see that they apologize.

    • Chief Red Stick: Why you no kill me? Davy Crockett: Maybe because of another law. We have trouble living up to it, but it ain't bad for red man or white man: Thou shall not kill.

    • (Davy's attempt to "grin down" Redstick fails) Davy: Well, it worked on a bear.

    • General Andrew Jackson: You've been making quite a name for yourself in local politics. Davy Crockett: Soft soap ain't good for nothing but washing dirty hands, General.

    • Davy Crockett: I'm half-horse, half-alligator and a little attached with snapping turtle. I've got the fastest horse, the prettiest sister, the surest rifle and the ugliest dog in Texas. My father can lick any man in Kentucky... and I can lick my father. I can hug a bear too close for comfort and eat any man alive opposed to Andy Jackson.

    • Davy Crockett: Well, me and Russell are figuring on heading down Texas way. That ain't no place these days for a riverboat gambler with wobbly legs. Thimblerig: There are times when cowardice is a virtue, my dear Colonel. It makes choosing a cause so very simple. Now, I know nothing about Texas of which you speak, but I do know of the fury of the outraged minions of the law. And as a consequence, I fear what lies behind me far more than the unknown that lies ahead.

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    Notes (9)

    • Originally, Buddy Ebsen was going to play Davy Crockett. But when Walt Disney saw Fess Parker in the 1954 film Them! he wanted Parker in the role. Director Norman Foster then cast Ebsen as Georgie Russell.

    • Walt Disney later said that if he had known the success that Davy Crockett was going to have, he wouldn't have killed him off in the third episode.

    • Despite the fact that over 50% of the U.S. had already seen it on TV, this film made $1 million at the box office.

    • William Bakewell, who played Major Norton in "Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter" and "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress," appears in a cameo as the master of ceremonies of the keelboat race.

    • Kenneth Tobey, who plays Jocko, previously appeared as Jim Bowie in "Davy Crockett at the Alamo."

    • This was a theatrical release, combining the episodes "Davy Crockett and the Keelboat Race," and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates."

    • In a review, People said "There are still great romps -- the Tennessee Volunteers running down a mountain, hollering all the way -- and there are thrills. And that fun stuff will shine more in a one-hour series than it can in this two-hour movie. But what's clear is that this Davy, like the original Davy, manages to be a show for kids without looking like a show for kids. It's not twinkie like an afterschool special. It has drama and excitement like a real show. It is a real show."

    • "Rainbow in the Thunder" was the first in a series of TV movies that aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. Tim Dunigan and Gary Grubbs took over the roles of Davy Crockett and Georgie Russell.

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    Trivia (2)

    • David Hemmings, who directed this movie, plays the elder Andrew Jackson.

    • This episode was introduced by Michael Eisner.

    Allusions (2)

    • Mike Fink (d. 1823) was a brawler and riverboat man who was known as the "king of the keelboats." Though he is played for laughs in this episode, many of the traits displayed (shooting whiskey off the heads of his men) were based on the real Fink. Davy Crockett himself described Fink as "half horse and half alligator," and the real Fink (like Jeff York) wore a red feather in his cap to signal his defeat of every strong man up and down the river.

    • The Harpes in this episode are based on the real-life Micajah and Wiley Harp, a pair of outlaw brothers considered to be America's first serial killers. After a killing spree across Tennessee and Kentucky, they teamed up with a band of pirates at Cave-in Rock led by Sam Mason (another real-life figure depicted in this episode). When the Harps arrived, the pirates began murdering as well as plundering.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • wonderful family entertainment

    By CAPNDEL, Jul 14, 2006

  • This was a classic TV Frontier/Western series.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 14, 2006

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