Davy Crockett The Complete Televised SeriesExperience the hit television show that became a national sensation and made coonskin caps a staple for a generation of American youngsters. With a rifle named Old Betsy, Davy Crockett fought for justice with his own brand of homespun ingenuity.
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.
The three original episodes were later recut into the theatrical feature Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955). Sixty 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.
Enjoy every episode of the popular Disney television series, presented as they were originally broadcast, complete with introductions by Walt Disney himself. Included are interviews with series stars Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen as well as a gallery of original artwork, advertisements and theatrical posters.
Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 368 minutes | 6.27 Gb + 6.42 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Family, Western, Adventure

Episodes:

Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter” (53:40) – The show that started it all gets us acquainted with the main characters, and their situations, before immersing us in the midst of adventure. Davy and his pal George are summoned by the U.S. military, led by Andrew Jackson, to help track down and fight a band of Injuns who are rebelling against the White Man.

Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” (53:39) – For the most part, this second installment exchanges adventure for drama, spending some time fleshing out the main characters more. We follow the events leading to Davy’s bid for congressmen, and once he gets the position, the actions he takes to give the Native Americans fair rights concerning land.

Davy Crockett at the Alamo” (53:20) – Feeling like a suitable conclusion to a trilogy, Episode 3 reunites us with Davy and George as they join with a riverboat gambler and an outcast Indian. Together, they head for the Alamo to help the Texans hold up, and find that they have bleak outlook.

Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race” (53:39) – Davy and George return to meet a new rival: Mike Fink, the self-proclaimed “King of the River,” a boisterous and pompous character who challenges them to a race with money as the bet. As the opponents make their way down the Mississippi River, aggressive competition ensues, filled with sabotage and battles of whit.

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” (54:09) – Picking up almost right where the last left off, Davy and George make friends with Mike Fink, banding together to bring justice to a group of bandits who pretend to be red-skins. It’s a race against time to take care of them before a conflict arises between the real Indians and the White folk.

Extras:

The Davy Crockett Craze” (19:05) has Leonard Maltin interviewing author Paul F. Anderson (whose book has the same title as this featurette).
Anderson spends most of the time explaining Davy’s place in history, and hearing his well-put view points is rather enjoyable. This is basically just a video of the two men talking, but it’s peppered with archival footage and photos.

A Conversation with Fess Parker” (17:05) is another interview, edited almost exactly like the previous, where Maltin visits the man who played Davy Crockett at his winery in California. Memories of how he got the part, what it was like to make the series and the reaction from fans are all recalled by Parker. This is a low-key documentary, but a very nice inclusion for the set.

A Still Gallery holds 87 stills, consisting of production photos, press materials, and merchandise.

A nice little “easter egg” can be found by selecting the coonskin cap atop Davy’s head in the illustration next to the menu – a clip from the episode of the Disneyland TV series “The Disneyland Story”, showing Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, and a few other backwoods folk singing the “Ballad of Davy Crockett.”

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