Davy Crockett : King of the Wild Frontier : Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davy Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives. Finally, Crockett and Russell journey to Texas and partake in the last stand at the Alamo.
Storyline : Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink (“King of the River”) in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of river pirates trying to pass themselves off as Native Americans.
Impossible to dislike
Perhaps not a masterpiece, or the best Disney film or live-action Disney film. However, it is more than easy to see why the ‘Davy Crockett’ series and films and merchandise were so popular.
‘Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier’ still holds up quite well now, and to me more than just nostalgic value (have had several childhood favourites that have not held up, but ‘Davy Crockett’ still has a huge amount to like). Due to it being basically three episodes of the series rolled into one film, ‘Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier’s’ episodic nature is inevitable but it doesn’t hurt the film that much, the middle third may not be quite as exciting as the outer two but not in a bad way.
Some of the exaggerated action sequences may come over as a bit silly and childish now and the dialogue (with some hilariously bad grammar) even more so. However, ‘Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier’ has a huge amount to like and is impossible to dislike, a lot happens and very rarely does it lull.
It is a good-looking film, with gorgeously epic scenery and evocative production design that looks like a lot of care and homework went into it, all handsomely filmed. The music is rousing, especially the timeless theme song that is one of Disney’s and childhood’s best and most memorable theme songs.
There is some endearingly-good natured dialogue, and as said the story is eventful and often exciting, especially the final third in the Alamo. The characters are a lot of fun, with a charismatic and likable hero in Davy Crockett, and direction is breezy and bright.
Fess Parker is jovial, charismatic and immensely likable in the title role and Buddy Ebsen counteracts with him very nicely. The acting may not be “great” but hardly bad, more than competent.
On the whole, an impossible to dislike film and with a lot of good things.