Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1955)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Release Date - Jul 18, 1956 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - G
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Like its predecessor Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, Walt Disney's Davy Crockett and the River Pirates was cobbled together from two episodes of the weekly TV anthology Disneyland. Though it wasn't so labelled at the time, River Pirates is actually a "prequel" to the earlier film, detailing events that allegedly occured in Crockett's life before his rendezvous with destiny at the Alamo. Set in 1810, the first half of the story deals with a river race to New Orleans between Davy (Fess Parker) and his friendly enemy Mike Fink (Jeff York). Once this plot strand has run its course, the film segues into Davy and Mike's attempts to prevent an Indian war which is being fomented by a renegade white man. Linking these two episodes are the spirited ballads of Davy's pal George Russel (Buddy Ebsen). Like the first "Davy Crockett" venture, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates cleaned up at the box-office and increased department-store sales of those coonskin caps (remember?)



bad-guy, cross-cultural-relations, frontiersman, good-guy, pirate [seafarer], river, wilderness