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Davy Crockett


ABC Network
1954 - 1955
Feature Films

Frontier series about the adventures of explorer/Indian fighter/politician Davy Crockett (1786-1836). Fess Parker starred as Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen played as his sidekick, George Russell.

The three original episodes which started the Davy Crockett craze in the 1950s were Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter (12/15/54); Davy Crockett Goes To Congress (1/26/55); and Davy Crockett At The Alamo (2/23/55).

Due to popular demand, the Disney studios produced additional programs that chronicled Davy Crockett's earlier adventures, including. Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race (11/16/55) and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (12/14/55).

"I'm half-horse, half-alligator and a little attached with snapping turtle. I've got the fastest horse, the prettiest sister, the surest rifle and the ugliest dog in Texas. My father can lick any man in Kentucky... and I can lick my father. I can hug a bear too close for comfort and eat any man alive opposed to Andy Jackson." -- Davy Crockett Goes to Congress

Davy Crockett and George Russell - DAVY CROCKETT THE INDIAN FIGHTER
Davy Crockett with his rifle Old Betsy - DAVY CROCKETT GOES TO CONGRESS
Davy Crockett and George Russell on a Keel Boat - DAVY CROCKETT AND THE RIVER PIRATES

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Theme Song Lyrics

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free.
Raised in the woods so's he knew every tree,
Killed him a bear when he was only three.

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier.

Fought single handed through the Injun war,
Till the Creeks was whipped and peace was restored.
And while he was handling this risky chore,
Made himself a legend, forevermore.

Davy, Davy Crockett the man who don't know fear.

He went of to Congress and served a spell
Fixin' up the government and laws as well.
Took over Washington, I heard tell,
And patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell.

Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear.

When he come home, his politickin' was done,
While the western march had just begun.
So he packed his gear, and his trusty gun
And let out a grinnin' to follow the sun.

Davy, Davy Crockett, Leadin' the Pioneer.

He heard of Houston an' Austin so
To the Texas plains he jest had to go
Where freedom was fightin' another foe
An' they needed him at the Alamo

Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

His land is biggest, and his land is best
From grassy plains to the mountain crest
He's ahead of us all in meeting the test
Followin' his legend right into the West

Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier


TRIVIA NOTE:  Born near Green County, Tennessee, the real Davy Crockett was reputed to have killed a bear when he was only three years of age. He served as US Representative for the state of Tennessee from 1827-31 and 1833-35 and then went to Texas to fight and die in the battle of the Alamo that raged from February 24th to March 6, 1836.

 In the 1990s, the Kentucky Headhunters, a Grammy winning country rock band reprised "The Ballad of Davy Crockett.

Obituaries: Buddy Ebsen: 07/06/2003

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