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 and I spent many happy hours defending the walls of the Alamo (actually the cinder block back wall of our property) from Santa Anna's men. We would take turns being Davy and his friend Georgie Russell, who uttered the never-forgotten words I quoted above just before his heroic death. Now that I've grown up and read extensively in history, I know that a lot of what Disney put into the series isn't true, (for example, there was no Georgie Russell) but who cares? We all need heroes and role models in our life, and Davy Crockett, with his self-deprecating wit and sense of honor and justice was perfect for my generation. I'm just so happy this series is being released, for I will now be able to share my boyhood hero with my grandchildren; they need heroes too.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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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