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Davy Crockett and the River Pirates(1956)

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  • Davy Crockett and The River Pirates

    • BC
    • 9/13/16

    Not unlike most of the TCM viewer's, growing up with the real and original Disney on Sunday Night that followed Marlon Perkins with sidekicks Jim and Stan was a television standard. Having this rare opportunity to get to see Davy Crockett and the River Pirates was really special to get to take a trip back to my youth.As Leonard Maltin notes in his synopsis, this is two shortened Walt Disney productions re-purpose, repackaged into one film. In the Keelboat Race, Crockett (Fess Parker) slips in the water and ties a tow line to the Mike's boat and let his crew pole the river pulling them along not seen in this combo production. It's actually a genuine Crockett ideology that played on his fame and reputation. Crockett also had a very serious side and that's where Walt's keen writers donned that in the River Pirates. All five features ran an hour (TV time). Sadly, editing (cuttin' out 'dem good parts) hurts the product. These films are family oriented set in the late 50's. And they were done quite well to stand the test of time. While almost everyone will not deny The Duke in term's of unending cowboy-ship, Fess is truly the king of the pioneer's with his huge coonskin cap success as both Davy and Daniel Boone. Admirable traits that are non-existent today. Like John Wayne, he was true to his persona.I'd like to see all of them again, here's a hint TCM. November is coming up!

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    • kevin sellers
    • 9/9/16

    Like most sequels it's not as good as the first two episodes, especially the one at the Alamo. Still, it took me back to my buckskin jacket and Davey lunchpail days (roughly 3rd grade) and I could listen to the jaunty with just a hint of plaintive "The Ballad Of Davey Crockett" all day long. Also liked the Mike Fink song. If I have one big gripe ("criticism" is too strong a word to use for this boys adventure movie) it'd be that there should have been an epic brawl between Fess Parker and Jeff York, along the lines of Lincoln and Dennis Hanks in "Young Mr. Lincoln," after which these two adversaries could be friends. As it is the conflict between Mike and Davey is simply wrapped up too sedately and too soon. Also, Fess Parker seems much more subdued in this third Davey movie than he was in the first two. Could he have already been growing tired of the role? God knows he jumped at the chance to leave Disney to play other, more complex characters, like the weary, introspective lieutenant in "Hell Is For Heroes." Anyway, let's give it a C plus. P.S. Love the location shooting along the Miss. River in Illinois. One of the nice things about Disney was that they eschewed the back lot in many of their action films even when they didn't have to. I mean, "Davey Crockett" coulda been filmed on a sound stage and still made money! You gotta respect that.

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