But we didn’t stop there. We also bought capguns, wrist watches, books, moccasins, lunch boxes and all manner of merchandise. America had a major case of Davy Crockett-itis.
Fess Parker portrayed both Davy Crockett and later Daniel Boone on TV. Many historians feel that this caused a permanent blurring of the two real life men into one entity forever making each less distinct.
What’s curious about this is that Davy Crockett was only a five feature Frontierland adventure which aired as part of Disneyland.
The first three episodes were:
“Davy Crockett Indian Fighter” 12/15/54
“Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” 1/26/55
“Davy Crockett At the Alamo” 2/23/55
Now as any student of history knows, Davy at the Alamo kind of boxed Disney into a corner because that’s where his tale ends. So they had to go back and make episodes about his earlier exploits. Which were:
“Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race” 11/16/55
“Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” 12/14/55
Davy Crockett never got a series of his own. Like most fads that come in with a vengeance, they tend to go out with the proverbial whimper. Thus it was with Davy Crockett and the coonskin cap. See also: TV Westerns