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Available uncut for the first time, the five episodes ofDavy Crockettthat aired on Walt Disney's "Disneyland" show (1954-55) launched one of the great pop culture crazes of the '50s. An estimated $300 million worth of Crockett merchandise was sold during the first eight months of the craze, including 10 million "coonskin" caps. Disney didn't spend a lot on the original episodes, but as host Leonard Maltin observes, the colorful location and matte shots distinguishedDavy Crockettfrom the cheesy-looking westerns of the 1950s. The three original episodes were later recut into the theatrical featureDavy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier(1955); the more comic adventures from the second season that introduced the flamboyant riverman Mike Fink (Jeffrey York) becameDavy Crockett and the River Pirates(1956). Tall and ruggedly handsome, if somewhat limited as an actor, Fess Parker was effective as the laconic frontiersman. The more experienced Buddy Ebsen (playing sidekick Georgie Russel) carried many of their scenes. Fifty years later,Davy Crockettremains 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.--Charles Solomon
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Genre:  Kids & Family
Studio:  Walt Disney Video
CastSlim Pickens, Roger Mobley, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Paul Frees
DVD Release Date:  December 4, 2001
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It seems odd to be writing a review concerning a product that has not yet been released, but when I heard about this upcoming DVD, I really got excited. One of the pivotal events of my life was watching the Davy Crockett television shows on our family's old black and white Motorola television when they first appeared. Sure, I had the t-shirt and the plastic model of "Old Betsy", Davy's trusty rifle. I still quote the Disney version of his famous motto: "Be sure you're right, then go ahead." My friends …
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