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'THE ''BUCKSKIN'' PIONEER',
This review is from: Davy Crockett - King Of The Wild Frontier [DVD] (DVD)
This is the movie that triggered a lifetime of interest in the story of
'Davy Crockett' and the battle of the Alamo, way back in '1955' (I
was a whole lot younger then)
'Disney' rekindled the legend of 'Davy Crockett' in this family-friendly
tale, which is often portrayed in a light-hearted manner as is the
'Disney' way.....History and fact perhaps tailored to accomodate the
it's targeted audience of the day.
the film starts during 'Davy Crockett's' (Fess Parker) Indian-fighting
days during which he was awarded the rank of colonel.
We follow his adventures along with partner 'George Russell' (Buddy
Epsen) which includes his 'Bear Hunting' 'Shooting contest' he then
set about trying to build a new family home, at which time he is given
the sad news that his wife had died.
He is persuaded to stand for congress, a position he held for one term.
Politics done he seeks a new challenge which takes him to Texas, where
he hears of a forthcoming skirmish with 'Mexican' dictator 'Santa Ana'
So he and his faithful friend head to 'San Antonio' joining 'Colonel James
Bowie' and 'Colonel William Travis' at the crumbling mission 'The Alamo'
Alamo trivia :-
'Davy' took the position of 'Special' Private' and was not officially one of
the 'Alamo's' commanders.
In fact 'Davy' and his volunteers defended the wooden palisade to the rear
of the 'Alamo's' defences, after the Mexican soldiers are repelled on a couple
of occasions, the forward defences were breached the dye was of course cast.
The battle took place before sun-rise, lasting about two hours.
'William Travis' was one of the first to die (bullet in his head)
'James Bowie' who was bed-ridden may well have already died before the Mexican
soldiers reached him.
There is no account of how 'Davy Crockett' met his death.
The number of Mexican casualties varies depending on what account you read.
Stuff of Myth and legend.
'Fess Parker' in later life donated the rifle used in the movie to the 'Alamo'
museum (I did in fact see it on my visit 2013)
Pure nostalgia for myself, haven't watched it for a while,,,,,have, again now.
Perhaps a little dated by todays standards, and is presented on DVD in 4.3.
The picture and sound quality is pretty good, in truth this is often the case
with 'Disney' movies from this period of time.
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2014 16:51:14 GMT
Thought the sleeve was Charles Bronson mate.lol
Very good review.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014 17:15:45 GMT
The offer of a road-trip that included visiting the Alamo is one
of the prime reasons I returned to the U.S.
I am fortunate to know many of those I now call friends the other
side of 'THE POND'
'Fess Parker' perhaps a little less rugged in appearance than 'Charles Bronson'
Thanks for the input.
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