This Was Television On December 15

1954: Disney brings Davy Crockett to TV

The solider, politician, and icon of 19th century frontier culture was revived in the popular imagination by Disney in the mid-20th century. A five-part serial, Davy Crockett, debuted on this date as part of the studio’s anthology series, then known as Disneyland. The Disney incarnation of Crockett, as portrayed by Fess Parker, may be best remembered today for the theatrical film Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier, which edited together the first three episodes of this serial the following year. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Adam Brody, OCer (33); Melanie Chartoff, Pickles mom (64); Tim Conway, sketch comic (79); Charlie Cox, Atlantic City muscle (30); Michelle Dockery, noblewoman (31); Don Johnson, Vice cop (63); Molly Price, detective (46); Kasey Rogers, witch associate (d. 2006); Michael Shanks, Stargate-keeper (42); Geoff Stults, investigator (35); Garret Wang, Trekker (44).

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