Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

1956

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Family / Western

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7 10 1216

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Cast

Buddy Ebsen as George Russel
Fess Parker as Davy Crockett
Hank Worden as Fiddler

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Reviewed by Hitchcoc 8 / 10

The Prequel

Capitalizing on the popularity of the Davy Crockett phenomenon, Disney produced a story that had to take place at an earlier time. Mike Fink is a keel boater (boats that are pushed with poles), the best around. Georgie Russell (Buddy Ebsen) makes a bet with Fink, banking on the ingenuity of Crockett who has never pushed a keel boat. If they don't win the race, they will lose several month's work. The race is fun with Fink using every method he can to take away Davy and Georgie's chances of winning. The two manage to endure and the first half ends. What the heck. But what happens is an alliance among the three men. River pirates have been robbing the hard working people who depend on the waterway for their business. They must find a way to stop them for everyone's benefit. If this phenomenon had been in more recent times, we would have had a series, starring Fess Parker, that would have lasted a long time. It was a different time, obviously.

Reviewed by fomlife777 8 / 10

Davy Crocett is a man of few words. Davy Crocett is not a man of few roundhouse kicks to the face.

Davy Crockett counted to infinity - twice.

If you found 'Davy Crocket: King of the Wild Frontier' a fun film, you probably liked it. 'Davy Crocket and the River Pirates' continues the fun and increases it as it flows more smoothly story wise then it's predecessor. It flows smoothly perhaps because there is a river in it, because rivers usually flow well if not roughly at times. Davy goes up against the King of the River Mink Fink in a race down the Ohio. I currently live near the Ohio river in Steubenville Ohio. It doesn't look as clean as it did back then, as everything looked cleaner back then if you take 50's films seriously.

After beating the tar out of each other, they take on the river pirates giving the Indians a bad name and beat the tar out of them. The action is more intense then the last time around, because it ignores the moral Mr. Smith dialogues in congress in favor of fists flying through the air. And the fight scenes believe you me, looks just as real as if Davy Crockett was fighting outside your local bar.

Davy Crocket is so suave and cool, basically because he just is and quite frankly he is humble about it which makes him more suave and cool. He doesn't brag or come up with wise cracks like some modern action heroes, he just goes and kicks butt wherever it is needed. Kinda of like Chuck Norris. But Davy has his own theme song, which they take time for in this production to sing as their going down the river. Mink Finch has his boys sing a song about him, but it never caught on in record sales.

The River Pirates deserves a place on your video library shelf, right next to the other Davy flick. Chances are they'll be on the same DVD, so you may have no choice in the matter.

What is the quickest way to mans heart? Davy Crockett's fist.

Reviewed by ikrani 10 / 10

The King of the Wild Frontier meets the King of the River

As far as unnecessary sequels go, this is probably the best. As far as any sequel goes, it's easily my favorite. Fess Parker, God bless his recently deceased soul, returns as Frontier Jesus himself, Davy Crockett. Buddy Ebsen is also back as Georgie Russel, Davy's best friend and comic foil for local wildlife. But by far the most entertaining character is Mike Fink, played by the ever-talented Jeff York. I don't know how, but they got the perfect amount of over-the- top with his character: he's always drinking or smoking or getting into fights, his mouth is always open, NOTHING he does is subtle, and his overblown expressions alone are worth checking out in this movie.

King of the Wild Frontier suffered from being a bit dark and kind of awkward at times with Davy Crockett going throughout his life and experiencing both highs and lows. In The River Pirates, there are no lows to bring you out of the glorious legend that is Davy Crockett. Even though the stories are kind of lame, this is one of those movies where you could watch the characters sit down and play cards for an hour, and you'd STILL be entertained.

If you haven't seen the Disney Davy Crockett movies, first off, shame on you. These are a must-see for anyone who dares call themselves a Disney fan. Second, while I can't really recommend the first movie to everyone, as it does have a somewhat inconsistent tone, this one I highly recommend to EVERYONE: kids, teens, and adults alike. It's a ton of fun every time I watch it, and even today it still oozes with Walt's magic.

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