Davy Crockett, Indian Scout

Davy Crockett, Indian Scout is a 1950 American Western film directed by Lew Landers and starring George Montgomery and Ellen Drew.[2] Wartime hero Johnny McKee had a small role in the film,[3] as did Jim Thorpe.[4] The film was shot at the Motion Picture Centre, with filming commencing June 1948.[5] Much of the footage was taken from the 1940 movie Kit Carson, starring Jon Hall, Dana Andrews, and Clayton Moore.[6]

Davy Crockett, Indian Scout
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byGrant Whytock
Bernard Small
Screenplay byRichard Schayer
Story byFord Beebe
StarringGeorge Montgomery
Ellen Drew
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyGeorge E. Diskant
(as George Diskant)
John J. Mescall
(as John Mescall)
Edited byStewart S. Frye
(as Stewart Frye)
Kenneth G. Crane
(as Kenneth Crane)
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 6, 1950 (1950-01-06) (United States)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$400,000 (est.)[1]


During the 1840's a wagon train is headed west with Davy Crockett (George Montgomery), a young man who shares a name with his famous frontiersman uncle, acting as one of the train's Native American scouts. After the passengers narrowly survive a series of ambushes from Native Americans, they come to believe that a spy is on board, helping plot the attacks. Suspicions fall on Davy's innocent partner, Red Hawk (Philip Reed), so he and Davy set out to find the real culprit.



The New York Times film critic wrote the movie "should warm the cockles of the hearts of 10 year olds".[7]


  1. https://archive.org/stream/variety170-1948-04#page/n6/mode/1up
  2. Article on film at Turner Classic Movies accessed 19 May 2013
  3. Bankhead Movie Deals Reported on Fire Here Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 June 1948: 23.
  4. Noted Pair Costarred Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 Mar 1949: A8.
  5. SMALL PLANS FILM ON 'MONTE CRISTO': Seeks Louis Hayward for Lead in Movie on Dumas Hero -- Beloin Doing Hope Script By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 15 June 1948: 33.
  6. Article on film at Turner Classic Movies accessed 19 May 2013
  7. THE SCREEN IN REVIEW: 'Woman of Distinction,' Starring Rosalind Russell, Is New Bill of Radio City Music Hall At the Palace By BOSLEY CROWTHER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 Mar 1950: 34.
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