Davy Crockett, King of the Trappers

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German title Davy Crockett, King of the Trappers
Original title Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1955
length 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Norman Foster
script Thomas W. Blackburn
production Walt Disney , Bill Walsh
music George Bruns
camera Charles P. Boyle
cut Chester W. Schaeffer

Davy Crockett, King of the Trappers is a 1955 American film directed by Norman Foster, starring Fess Parker . He treats part of the American story about the folk hero of the same name very freely . The outdoor shots were made in Knoxville and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee , at the Janss Conejo Ranch in California and in the Qualla Indian Reservation of Cherokee in North Carolina , the indoor shots at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank in California. In the Federal Republic of Germany, the film was released for the first time on August 3, 1956. The original is a series that was shot for American television. The film essentially consists of the first three parts.


1813: Because whites have invaded their territory, digging Creek - Indians from the hatchet under their chief Red Stick. They pillage entire settlements of the intruders and adorn themselves with their scalps . General Andrew Jackson is assigned to restore order with government forces. The soldiers are trained in open field battles , but they lose out in the fight against the cunning Indians. Suddenly they get unexpected help from Davy Crockett, a man from Tennessee who has already made a name for himself as a bear hunter and trapper . Together with his friend George Russel, he enables Jackson to invade the Indian territory to investigate the situation. But his major Norton ignores Crockett's advice and is ambushed with his soldiers. The trapper uses a trick to save the heap.

Davy and George spend the winter with their families. Meanwhile, General Jackson chases the Creeks all the way down to Florida . But because he doesn't manage to get his hands on Red Stick, the soldiers are delighted when Davy and George join them again. The two experienced scouts manage to track down the enemy in his lair. Davy then challenges Red Stick to a life and death duel. The chief is defeated; he respectfully admires his opponent when the latter offers him a lasting peace despite his superiority.

Gradually, Davy Crockett enjoyed such fame that he was elected as a member of the American Congress. There he strongly advocates the legal rights of the Indians, which not only brings him friends. Even Andrew Jackson, who owes him a lot and who has now become President of the United States, turns away from him.

1836: Texas is in a state of emergency . The Mexican dictator and general Antonio López de Santa Anna wants to incorporate the state into his homeland. David and George come to the aid of Colonel Bowie in the beleaguered Alamo border fort . The overwhelming power of the enemy (5000 against 200 men), however, stifles any hope of victory in the bud. All defenders find death.


“Scenes from the life of the Indian scout Davy Crockett, an American folk hero (around 1880). Western adventures entertaining in a naive and romantic way with humorous accents. Both films were compiled from episodes of a television series that Norman Foster directed under the title FRONTIERLAND for the Disney production. While the first film appears pieced together and strikes a harsh tone, the second is more self-contained and milder. "


Program for the film: “Illustrierte Film-Bühne”, Munich, No. 3339

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References and footnotes

  1. The review treats the films "Davy Crockett, King of the Trappers" and " Davy Crockett and the River Pirates " in one breath .
  2. rororo-Taschenbuch Nr. 3174 (1988), p. 616