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Davy Crockett & The River Pirates [VHS]
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Davy Crockett wasn't only a celebrated hero, warrior, and backwoods statesman, he was the subject of a popular Disney television series that made star Fess Parker a household name. (Parker had a hard time breaking the perceived image of himself as a frontiersman, and eventually went on to star in another TV series, Daniel Boone.) Starring Parker and a pre-Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, this boy-oriented series was well known for lots of action in its frontier setting. Davy Crockett and the River Pirates consists of two episodes of the television show--it's as bright and vibrant as any current television show and the story, about Davy and George (Ebsen) heading downriver toward New Orleans, is still fresh. Given television budgets of the day, the production values are notable. The villains will be recognizable to anyone who watched Walt Disney Presents because they were standards. This 1956 offering was certainly designed with boys in mind. Look for lots of river rafting, fight scenes, and braving of rapids--and, of course, the catchy "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," which topped the nation's hit list for 13 weeks. (Ages 7 and older) --N.F. Mendoza

All aboard for a rip-roaring river adventure with Davy Crockett (Fess Parker), legendary "King Of The Wild Frontier," and his trusty companion George (Buddy Ebsen) as they head downriver to New Orleans! You'll encounter dangerous rapids, treacherous river pirates, and excitement at every turn. Combining the grand Disney tradition of adventure with the greatest folk hero of them all, DAVY CROCKETT AND THE RIVER PIRATES is one ride you'll want to take again and again!

Customer Reviews:

  • Was king of the Wild Fronteir, now king of the treasures
    Disney outdid themselves in creating a beautiful set like this. Enclosed in a beautiful tin case, you will get four things: 2 DVD discs, a postcard size poster of the Davy Crockett Movie, "King of the Wild Frontier," and a booklet that includes a letter from Leonard. I say, begin by putting in the disc. At the very beginning, there is a preview of three other treasures, then there is an intro by Leonard Maltin. The first disc includes the life story of Davy Crockett. The first episode, aired in 1954, one of the very first Disneyland Television shows. This show is named "Davy Crockett Indian Fighter." This show is the one that started the whole craze. When Davy is a vollunteer in the army, he becomes the best one in the army. They fight indian, but before they would begin actual war, Davy convinces the Creeks to sign a peace treaty.

    The second show, also in 1954, was "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress." Here, Davy Crockett leaves his family to go to Teneesee and find a new piece of land. He has a shooting match against "Big Foot Mason." When Big Foot looses against Davy and "Old Betsy," he takes over Davy's neighbor's property, who is Cherokee. He and Russel go over and fight him. Davy sends them to court. His town wants him to run for state Legislature, then they want him to run for congress. He wins, and a so-called "Friend" sends him on a tour to get the Indian Bill signed to take away indian's lands. Davy is outraged and returns to Congress to show what this is actually about.

    The third and final life story of Crockett is "Davy Crockett and the Alamo." Davy goes to fight with Russel, an indian named Bustedluck, and others. When they arrive at the Alamo, they last a week before being killed. Davy gave his life for Texas in the end.

    This may seem like the end of the entire series, but it is definetly not. There are two more. These two are the legends of Davy Crockett. The first one was in 1955. This show was "Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race." He has to race "King of the River Mike Fink" down the Ohio down to New Orleans. They Somehow win after fights with indians, stopping at towns, and going through dangerous shortcuts.

    The final episode ever in the series was "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates." Some River Pirates are disguising themselves as injuns and attacking all boats they could get. The Chickasaw indians are ready to go to war if Davy can't solve the problem. He and Mike and his crew get ready for the pirates. A spy gets on there Keelboat, thinking there is gold in the hull. It turns out to be rock. They disguise the boat so the pirates don't know it's Mike Fink's. They attack the pirates in there cave along they found the treasures they hid. They kill the head one and the other two are knocked out by Mike.

    As if this were not enough, There are bonus features, like a featurette called "The Davy Crockett Craze." Leonard Maltin talks with Paul F. Anderson about the creation of the episodes, merchandise that was for sale, how Leonard loved it as a kid, the song, and the time period.

    Another featurette is called "A Conversation with Fess Parker." Leonard joins Fess at his winery in California. Here they talk about Fess' experience with the show, director Norman Foster, and on publicity tour. He talks about being at Disneyland at opening day, and amazed that he would sing and dance on live television.

    Third, there is a beautiful gallery of photos of the creation of the show, merchandise, and theatrical posters for the two movies. Davy sure has a lot to know about. There is a hidden easter egg too. I'll tell you where it is. It is on Davy Crockett's Coonskin Cap on the Supplemental menu.

    The shows are in superb condition. They are in color and the sound is stuninng. That is why I give it five stars, but not just for that, for the material within as well. Davy Crockett pleased a whole generation. This will bring it for generations to come!...more info

  • One of my favorite Disneys to watch on Sunday Night
    I used to really like watching Davy Crockett when the Wonderful World of Disney came on. This video brings back all those warm fuzzies. This is not my best Davy though. This has Mike Fink the River King in it. Davy is a passive mellow guy and doesn't react to Finks braggert ways. Fink trys to bait him over and over but Davy just keeps plowing on and always wins the bad guys over. Fink and Davy eventually team up to find the river pirates who are posing as the Indians and thieving boats on the river. I relived some good old memories and got to feel like a little kid. I remember wanting a gun from Disneyland so I could be like Davy Crockett. Its kind of funny because I'm a girl but Davy was a real important symbol to me when I was little.
    Lisa Nary...more info
  • Davy Crockett
    True Disney Family TV Excellence shows in this series. It is interesting from begining to end....more info
  • Confused
    Maybe I'm wrong, but didn't the original movie start out earlier than with the Indian episode? I thought it actually showed him "grinnin'" down a "bar" before leaving his beloved Polly and family.
    Can someone straighten me out? And for some reason, I want to hear "Green Grow the Lilacs" some where in the show....more info
  • Slam bang entertainment
    .... However, Disney has finally released what I wanted, and I snapped it up without even looking at the price.

    The five TV episodes aired when I was five and six years old, and I immediately became one of the millions of kids with coonskin caps, buckskin jackets, and toy flintlocks, and I spent days searching the woods for Indians and guarding the front porch from marauding Mexicans with their ladders. ... Now, almost a half-century later, I got to watch the originals again-and they seem as fresh and new as the first time I saw them. Davy and Georgie in one exciting adventure after another, just enough talking to sustain the plot, right triumphs over wrong, and an unforgettable song that ties everything together periodically.

    The story is hardly historically accurate, but who cares? It's also not p.c.: Davy fought Indians and helped establish Texas, which for a short time was a slave state. If they made this movie today, I guess they'd have to drag the viewers through the p.c. mud. But in that sense, frankly, the movie is a refreshing change from the revisionist frontier dreck made today. ...

    Davy's ultimate fall at the Alamo was well-staged and quite moving, perhaps a little much for the younger kids, and perhaps the impetus for the softer Mike Fink comedies that followed. And comedies they were, with dozens of comic elements inserted into supposedly serious stories: bad guys slipping on molasses, Mike Fink ripping the top off the bar, Mike's crew in comic book fights, and so on. And though the pirates dressed as Indians rain a hail of bullets on Mike, Davy, and the rest of the good guys, no one is ever hit. But I love it.

    The VHS tapes were fine, but the DVD is clearly superior. For me, and I suspect a lot of others of my generation, these are true treasures....more info

  • Walt Knew What Legends Are Made Of
    Davy Crockett is one of Walt Disney's most endeared and remembered live action characters. He was presented to American audiences by Walt Disney on the Disneyland TV Show in 1954. He was personified by Fess Parker beloved ever after by his sincere portrayal. This colorful and entertaining character was first seen in three episodes from the TV show ("Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter," "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" and "Davy Crockett at the Alamo"). Parker, with his coonskin cap and homespun drawl and witticism created a nationwide phenomenon in 1954. Who can forget "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" composed by George Bruns and Tom Blackburn. Buddy Ebsen played his sidekick George Russel, whose adventures take them from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. to the Alamo in the first three episodes. The series' third episode focusing on the defense of the Alamo, though well remembered, is somewhat labored until we see the final image of Davy Crockett passing into legend and glory. This straightforward and beautifully photographed series expounds the virtues of honesty, integrity and bravery. The country could not get enough of Davy so he and George Russel returned in 1955 for two more episodes ("Davy Crockett's Keel Boat Race" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates"). For Davy Crockett's second season on television the show was retitled "The Legends of Davy Crockett." The necessary title change came about because we had seen Davy come to his end defending the Alamo and Walt Disney wanted to continue bringing us his adventures. "Davy Crockett's Keel Boat Race" is about a riverboat race between Davy and another American folklore hero Mike Fink. "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" is about Davy's attempt to stop an Indian uprising with Mike Fink's assistance. In some ways these two episodes are the best. Davy Crockett appears less the frontier fighter and more the good-natured peacemaker in these episodes. The riverboat race with Mike Fink is very entertaining and a high point in Disney's American frontier live action adventures. I don't even think John Ford could have filmed this sequence any better. Kenneth Tobey, who worked with John Ford, is excellent in a great comedic part (Fess Parker made note of Tobey's performance in a supplemental interview on the DVD). Walt Disney gave this actor a chance to demonstrate his great versatility and range as an actor. Also, Mike Fink's boats may look a little familiar since they are the basis for the riverboat ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. That's a nice nostalgic tie in! Bert Glennon's cinematography is beautifully picturesque as ever and is matched seamlessly with some very effective glass shot special effects by Peter Ellenshaw. This is one of the best DVDs to come from the Disney vaults. Walt Disney introduces each of the five episodes exactly as they were originally presented on the Disneyland TV Show. The Supplemental Features on this DVD are above and beyond what I had expected. Most of Disney's DVD extras seem to concentrate on the technical aspects of the feature presentation. This DVD focused more on the phenomenon that the legend of Davy Crockett created and the affect it had and continues to have on those who were brought up in those times. There are two exceptional Features: "A Conversation with Fess Parker" and "The Davy Crockett Craze." "The Gallery" of photos and memorabilia is also excellent. "A Conversation with Fess Parker" really hit home with me. Fess Parker appeared to be the genuine article that he was. In a world of eroded morals filled with dirt and filth everywhere you turn it was more than comforting to hear Fess Parker's fond recollections of his portrayal and the ideals that Walt immortalized through the tales of this legendary character. If your eyes feel a little watery its because your remembering a time not so long ago when our heroes were real heroes. This is one of the best and should help keep the legend alive for those that lived it, those that loved it and for those that will someday be touched by it....more info
  • Two Mike Fink Specials......
    This is Disney live action at its best!

    I have loved these storeis since a young girl when they appeared on the Sunday night Wonderful World of Disney. Although geared for young boys, girls love these stories too.

    Wonderful scenery. Wonderful lessons of river history from a bygone era. Frequent mentions of the Ohio River, Pittsburg, Kentucky, Natchez and New Orleans.

    Adults and children well love this video....more info

  • Fantastic DVD with all five episodes
    The Walt Disney Treasures- The Complete Davy Crockett Television Series is a great DVD that is a must have for fans of the show. Telling the adventures of frontiersman Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie Russel, the five episodes follow the two men through the Creek Indian War, Davy's trip to Congress, the battle of the Alamo, a keelboat race with Mike Fink, and a showdown with river pirates. All five episodes look great. I never saw the original episodes so after seeing Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier for so many years, it was great to see the episodes as they were originally presented. This is a great DVD that tells the story of a larger than life frontier hero.

    Fess Parker is the image many people think of when they hear the name Davy Crockett and its for a reason. Parker's performance is truly great as the frontiersman, hunter, adventurer, and Congressman, Davy Crockett. Equally as good is Buddy Ebsen as Georgie Russel, Davy's loyal sidekick. The relationship the two men have is what holds all of these episodes together. The series also starred William Bakewell as Major Norton, Basil Ruysdael as Andrew Jackson, Pat Hogan as Chief Red Stick, Mike Mazurki as Bigfoot Mason, Hans Conreid as Thimblerig, Nick Cravat as Busted Luck, Kenneth Tobey in two roles as Jim Bowie and Jocko, and Jeff York as Mike Fink. The DVD offers all five episodes(Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress, Davy Crockett at the Alamo, Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race, and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates), introductions by Leonard Maltin, an extensive photo gallery, an interview with Fess Parker, and a mini-documentary about the Crockett craze. Fans of this great tv series should have this DVD in their collection. Check out this DVD!...more info

  • The way all DVD's should be
    This is a wonderful set. I wish Todays Disney tv shows were half as good as Davey. I'm 25 so I'm not someone who was around during the craze....more info
  • The Legends of Davy Crockett and Mike Fink
    Davy Crockett returns! For Davy Crockett's second season on television the show was retitled "The Legends of Davy Crockett." The necessary title change came about because we had seen Davy come to his end defending the Alamo and Walt Disney wanted to continue bringing us his adventures. "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" is thus the second theatrical feature re-edited from Walt Disney's TV productions. It's all about a riverboat race between Davy and another American folklore hero Mike Fink and Davy's attempt to stop an Indian uprising with Mike Fink's assistance. In some ways this film is better than the first, "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier." Davy Crockett in this film appears less the frontier fighter and more the good-natured peacemaker. New lyrics were written into the Davy Crockett theme introducing the audience to Mike Fink, King of the Ohio River. The riverboat race with Mike Fink is very entertaining and a high point in Disney's American frontier live action cinema. I don't even think John Ford could have filmed this sequence any better. Kenneth Tobey, who worked with John Ford, is excellent in a great comedic part. Walt Disney gave this actor a chance to demonstrate his great versatility and range as an actor. Also, Mike Fink's boats may look a little familiar since they are the basis for the riverboat ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. That's a nice nostalgic tie in! Buddy Ebsen is on hand again as Davy's sidekick George Russel. Disney's stalwart composer, George Bruns came through again with another excellent score. Bert Glennon's cinematography is beautifully picturesque as ever and is matched seamlessly with some very effective glass shot special effects by Peter Ellenshaw. This is another highly recommended family viewing treat personally produced by Walt Disney. This video was part of the Walt Disney Family Film Collection....more info
  • You're Missing Something Big If You Don't Have This Set
    As a fan of Davy Crockett, I along with others was familiar with the theatrical release and assumed that this one would be about the same. Not only was I wrong but I was pleasantly surprised how much more is on the uncut version than on the theatrical release. Although it's expensive and hard to get, I recommend that if you're interested in Crockett to pick up this set. It's well worth it and you're missing something big if you don't have this particular set....more info
  • A piece of American history
    The product quality is excellent, as it uses to be with all the products from the Walt Disney factory. Here you are all the episodes of the series, presented as they were originally broadcast, complete with introductions by Walt Disney himself. Introductions to every episode are made by film historian Leonard Maltin. Included are interviews with series stars Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen as well as a gallery of original artwork, advertisements and threatical posters. The soundtrack includes subtitles for the hearing disabled, but I missed the Spanish synchronization or, at least, Spanish subtitles. ...more info