Friday, 18 November 2011

The Light in the Forest (1958) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 83 mins.Year: 1958
Cast: Fess Parker, Wendell Corey, Joanne Dru, James MacArthur, Jessica Tandy

Disney Movie Rating:
81.7 out of 100. Total of 14 votes.

The Light in the Forest (1958) Movie Description:

The 1958 Walt Disney Production of The Light In the Forest is an adaptation of the same-titled Conrad Richter novel which tells the story of a white baby kidnapped by Indians in 1760s America. Fast forward 18 years and the youth (James MacArthur), due to a treaty between the Indians and the ruling British faces the choice of returning to his rightful people or remaining in the only life he's ever known. Resistant at first, the youth, with the help of an Indian scout (Disney staple Fess Parker), slowly begins to assimilate himself back into his birthright. His racist uncle (Wendell Corey) makes the transition more difficult as he's vowed to kill any and all "redskins" that cross his path.

Filmed in Tennessee and California, The Light In the Forest presents a departure from the standard Disney "safe" subject matter by tackling issues usually left to more "adult" film-makers. The film is also notable for providing the film debut of a young Carol Lynley as the youth's love interest.

A Scene from A Light in the Forest:

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Old Yeller (1957) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 83 mins.Year: 1957
Cast: Voices by Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Jeff York, Chuck Connors

Disney Movie Rating:
83.81 out of 100. Total of 238 votes.

Old Yeller (1957) Description:

Young Tommy Coates steps up to help his mother take care of their ranch and their family when his father leaves to drive their cattle herd to market in Kansas. When a stray dog takes up residence at the Coates ranch, Tommy makes a friend for life. Old Yeller and Tommy battle snakes, raccoons, bears, and life and epitomize the phrase "man's best friend" in this timeless classic.

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Johnny Tremain (1957) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 80 mins.Year: 1957
Cast: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten and Jeff York

Disney Movie Rating:
77.25 out of 100. Total of 12 votes.

Johnny Tremain (1957) Movie Description:

Originally made-for-television, then released theatrically, Walt Disney's 1957 film Johnny Tremain recounts life in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The title character (portrayed by 17-year old Hal Stalmaster) is an apprentice silversmith with big dreams which are all laid to waste by an accident. He then becomes involved in the Independence movement, crossing paths along the way with such notable Revolutionary icons as Dr. Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. As a member of the Sons of Liberty, Tremain is present at several prominent events leading up to full-blown Revolution.

Viewers will recognize many historic references in the film, which attempts to portray the unvarnished courage and determination of the fledgling movement as the epitome of nobility and liberty. The reasons for the impending war is well laid-out, so much so that the film was later used for educational purposes.

Little known trivia: Sharon Disney, daughter of Walt Disney, had a small, uncredited role as an acquaintance of Tremain.

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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 85 mins.Year: 1956
Cast: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York

Disney Movie Rating:
79.3 out of 100. Total of 7 votes.

The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) Movie Description:

Based on one of the Civil War's most important and dramatic incidents, the 1956 Walt Disney Production of The Great Locomotive Chase tells the true stirring tale of the 1862 attempt by Union soldiers to hijack a Confederate train and return it to "safe" territory while destroying railroad tracks, bridges and telegraph lines en route. The story has become a part of Civil War legend and the film portrays it reasonably straight-forward.

Fess Parker, at the time riding high as television's Davy Crockett, stars as James J. Andrews, leader of the Union band, while Jeffrey Hunter stars as the Confederate train's conductor, William A. Fuller. The plot is nearly foiled before it even begins, thanks to civilian Union volunteer William Campbell's (Jeff York) hot-headedness and impatience.

The actual "chase" is at least half of the film, and anyone who appreciates the romance and uniqueness of railroads during the late 19th century will not be disappointed.

A Scene from The Great Locomotive Chase:

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Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 81 mins.Year: 1956
Cast: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York

Disney Movie Rating:
81.93 out of 100. Total of 12 votes.

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956) Movie Description:

Fess Parker reprises his signature role as the title character in Walt Disney's 1956 adventure film, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. Co-starring Buddy Ebsen as Crockett's sidekick Georgie Russell, the film tells the story of the pair trying to get their haul of fur pelts to the Mississippi River in order to take them to market. The captain of a keelboat they hope to make passage on tries to charge them an exorbitant fee, and then gets Georgie drunk and challenges him and Crockett to a keelboat race with the pelts as the prize. Despite the captain's underhanded tactics, Crockett and Georgie win the race.

Double-crossing river bandits, Chickasaw Indians, river pirates masquerading as Indians, and kegs of gunpowder all enter into the equation in a thrill-a-minute adventure that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. An effective score by Thomas W. Blackburn and George Bruns blends well with the on-screen action.

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Westward Ho, The Wagons (1956) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 90 mins.Year: 1956
Cast: Fess Parker, Kathleen Crowley, Jeff York, David Stollery

Disney Movie Rating:
69.32 out of 100. Total of 8 votes.

Westward Ho, The Wagons (1956) Movie Description:

Disney regular Fess Parker stars in the 1956 live-action drama Westward Ho, The Wagons!, a family-oriented Western adventure that recounts the saga of a group of families making the trek across the Great Plains to Oregon. Rampaging Pawnee Indians threaten the wagon train and forces them to seek alternate routes. Hostile Indians are only part of the travails they encounter: Severe weather conditions and the stress and strain of the cross-country journey combine to make every mile an extreme effort.

During a stop at Fort Laramie, the group's children make friends with Sioux children, forging a mutual bond that carries over to the adults. Parker, as the caravan's "doctor", tends selflessly to the Sioux chief's injured son, and in return, Sioux warriors escort the wagon train to their destination.

Several familiar faces are in the cast, including George Reeves (TV's Superman), Kathleen Crowley, Sebastian Cabot and Iron Eyes Cody. Directed by William Beaudine, Westward Ho, The Wagons! was filmed at the Janss Conejo Ranch in California.

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Lady and the Tramp (1955) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 76 mins.Year: 1955
Cast: Voices by Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson

Disney Movie Rating:
87.6 out of 100. Total of 481 votes.

Lady and the Tramp (1955) Description:

When uptown Lady, a well manicured Cocker Spaniel from an affluent family met a downtown mutt called The Tramp, it was canine love at first sight. From sharing spaghetti in the epitome of romantic dinners to dreamy walks through the streets, Lady and The Tramp were inseparable, love-sick puppies on an incredible adventure.

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