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The Son of Davy Crockett (1941)

The last solo-starring feature film Bill Elliott made for Columbia, as his next eight westerns for Columbia featured Tex Ritter as his co-star. Young Dave Crockett and his sidekick ... See full summary »


Lambert Hillyer


Lambert Hillyer (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ... Dave Crockett
Iris Meredith ... Doris Mathews
Dub Taylor ... Cannonball
Kenneth MacDonald ... King Canfield
Richard Fiske ... Jesse Gordon
Eddy Waller ... Grandpa Mathews
Donald Curtis ... Jack Ringe - Henchman (as Don Curtis)
Paul Scardon ... Zeke
Edmund Cobb ... Lance - Henchman
Steve Clark ... Curly - Henchman
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... President Ulysses S. Grant


The last solo-starring feature film Bill Elliott made for Columbia, as his next eight westerns for Columbia featured Tex Ritter as his co-star. Young Dave Crockett and his sidekick Cannonball find themselves on the trail of water-hole poisoners in the territory known as The Yucca Strip which, through a surveying error, is neither part of the United States nor Indian Territory. King Canfield, self-appointed ruler of the strip, is determined to see that the residents can't vote themselves into the Union through an honest election. Crockett and Cannonball side with the ranchers and townspeople against Canfield and his legion of henchmen to establish the strip as part of Texas.Accuracy footnote: Gail Pictures, Inc. had no connection at all to the production of this film (as shown on site), as Gail Pictures was a TV distributor only. Columbia produced and distributed it to theaters, and Gail had it for television, while Astor pictures had it for re-issue showings after WW II. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

15 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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A Surveyor's Error
24 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wild Bill Elliott plays the title role in The Son Of Davy Crockett also named Davy or Dave to tell them apart for the audience. In this film he's got a mission from no less than President Ulysses S. Grant.

It seems as though a surveyor's error has left a piece of the west in a technical limbo. The piece is called Yucca Strip and it's got itself a self styled monarch played by Kenneth MacDonald.

So Elliott and sidekick Dub Taylor have themselves a mission to see that an honest plebiscite is run and the place can become a legitimate part of the USA.

Released in July of 1941 The Son Of Davy Crockett no doubt found an audience who were seeing a lot of tinpot dictators springing up and causing all kinds of problems for honest citizens around the world. This was something no descendant of Davy Crockett would stand for.

With the political overtones for the adults, The Son Of Davy Crockett was action filled enough for Saturday afternoon kids in the summer of 1941.

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