The Alamo - Disney 1955 version

Edratman

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While scanning through the TV guide I noticed that the 1955 Davy Crockett, Disney version, with Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen, was on one of the very high numbered channels. I had to put it on and kind of watched it while doing other things.

I remembered watching that series as a wee lad and have very fond memories of it. The show was a big national phenomenon, selling loads of associated products. I even remember having a Davy Crockett Coonskin cap. (I suspect most of my memories of the series are based on reruns shown on the Disney Wonderful World of Color, because I was only 4 at the time of the first broadcast.)

Two things struck me:

1. The Alamo scenes were shot with a very small cast; I doubt if more than 40 actors were on screen at any given moment. I did not remember that small of a cast at all, probably due to the influence of John Wayne and Tommy Lee Jones Alamo movies.

2. Fess Parker segued into the Daniel Boone TV series without even changing his clothes. Other than a name change and the absence of Buddy Ebsen, he played the exact same character.
 

Tercios Espanoles

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Only thing I remember about the TV series is that I liked it. Couldn't name who was in it to save my life though.
 

Ancientgeezer

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The Davy Crockett TV show was a big hit in the UK too. I well remember the "coonskin" hats (rabbit I think)--although they were sold, my Grandmother made one for me and for a whole load of other kids from one of her old coats.
Didn't last long though--within a short time Robin Hood was all the rage and we all had to have Robin-hood hats, then there was a feather headdress or a mask either for the Lone Ranger or for the last of the Mohicans------

------------all of which brings up the thought--when one looks at those 1950s kids TV shows now and compares them to modern offerings, they didn't patronise youngsters. No trying to "get-down" with the kids--they had swashbuckling and adventure, good-guys and bad guys and didn't try to offer subliminal moral lessons. They all had good theme tunes too, although only about five different story lines
Or am I just thinking that nostalgia isn't what it used to be?



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Edratman

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Things have changed Ancientgeezer; some for the better, other changes are less beneficial, and there is nothing we can do about it. Other than holding fond remembrances, of course.

You are correct that the Davy Crockett fad was short lived. I suspect that you can attribute the short legs to the fact that Disney only made 5 episodes, not enough to sustain durable momentum. The Alamo was the third episode made and that had to box them in. Without a doubt, many Disney executives were surprised by the popularity of Davy Crockett and kicked themselves in the a** for years over that blunder.

As for theme songs, they have evaporated across the board as far as I can tell. You used to be able to identify every show from its theme song, now only Hawaii 5-0 has one that I can identify, and that is only because it is the old song from the original series. I am unaware of the reasons why the theme song has gone away.
 

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Or maybe it wasn't Davey Crockett but Daniel Boone I used to watch. I can't even remember any more.
 

Nemowork

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Things have changed Ancientgeezer; some for the better, other changes are less beneficial, and there is nothing we can do about it. Other than holding fond remembrances, of course.

You are correct that the Davy Crockett fad was short lived. I suspect that you can attribute the short legs to the fact that Disney only made 5 episodes, not enough to sustain durable momentum. The Alamo was the third episode made and that had to box them in. Without a doubt, many Disney executives were surprised by the popularity of Davy Crockett and kicked themselves in the a** for years over that blunder.

As for theme songs, they have evaporated across the board as far as I can tell. You used to be able to identify every show from its theme song, now only Hawaii 5-0 has one that I can identify, and that is only because it is the old song from the original series. I am unaware of the reasons why the theme song has gone away.
Serenity
Game of thrones -
cheers
simpsons

bet you can think of them straight off!
 

Belgarion

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I loved "Robin Hood" with Richard Greene, and "The Vikings" as well as "Ivanhoe" and "William Tell" :)