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Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier



Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier
Norman Foster, 1955

J. Hoberman: Army of Phantoms

Longtime Village Voice film critic and prolific cultural historian J. Hoberman returns to the Wexner Center for a brief series inspired by his recent book<em>An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War</em>. The book examines the synergy between American politics and popular culture during the first decade of the Cold War, a time marked by Joe McCarthy, a flying saucer scare, postwar prosperity, and a new role for the U.S. in foreign affairs.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Sat, Oct 22, 2011 2 PM

Cobbled together for theatrical release from three Disney TV shows that launched a national craze, Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier presents a sanitized version of the American legend.

Crockett befriends Native Americans and serves his country on the frontier, in Congress, and at the Alamo, all while dispensing a folksy charm that inspired a hit song and thousands of kids to don coonskin caps. Starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen. (93 mins., 35mm)

See two films and save
Buy tickets for both Davy Crockett and Fort Apache for only $10 for general audiences, $6 for members.

Ballet Boys

Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26; Heirloom Café will remain closed on Friday, November 27.