Archive for the ‘"Daniel Boone"’ Category

TV’s Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone— Fess Parker, Has Died— Archive Interview Online

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Fess Parker became a TV star portraying “Davy Crockett” in a series of adventures that aired on the anthology series Disneyland, earning him an Emmy nomination as Most Outstanding New Personality in 1955. Parker had a rare second act in American TV stardom, as Daniel Boone, on the NBC series that ran from 1964-70.

The Archive of American Television interviewed Fess Parker on July 24, 2000, currently available online.

Interview description:
Fess Parker was interviewed for two-and-a-half hours at his inn in Los Olivos, CA. Mr. Parker talked about his childhood in Texas and his eventual journey to Hollywood after visiting there during his military service in World War II. He discussed his early roles in filmed westerns and his early television roles including Dragnet and Annie Oakley. In 1954, he was hired by Disney to play the lead in Davy Crockett, a limited series. The program was so popular, and spawned such a merchandising craze, that Parker’s Crockett was brought back for two more limited series. After the series ended, Parker worked on many other series as a guest star, before launching into the short lived 1962 series, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In 1964, Parker triumphed as the lead in (and occasional director of) the series, Daniel Boone, which ran for six years. With his success with Daniel Boone, Parker semi-retired and acquired real estate, resorts and wineries. The interview was conducted by Don Carelton on July 24, 2000.

"Daniel Boone"– Fess Parker’s Picks Out on DVD Today

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Daniel Boone is getting a special release today: Fess Parker’s favorites, featuring eight series episodes. Following Fess Parker’s success as “Davy Crockett” on ABC’s Disneyland, he starred as Daniel Boone, which ran from 1964-70 on Thursdays on NBC at 7:30-8:30 PM for its entire run. Trivia: Did you watch Daniel Boone? What four series had Daniel Boone as a lead-in during its run? (answer below).

Click on the Archive’s Daniel Boone page to hear executive William Self and star Fess Parker describe how Disney’s objection to Parker continuing Davy Crockett with another company led to the “creation” of Daniel Boone.

Answer to trivia above: The four series that followed Daniel Boone (at 8:30 PM) during its run were Dr. Kildare [1964-65 season], Laredo [1965-66 season], Star Trek [1966-67 season], and Ironside [1967-70 seasons].

"Star Trek" Fanfare Composer Alexander "Sandy" Courage Has Died at Age 88 — Archive Interview Online

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Alexander Courage won an Emmy Award as principal arranger for the ABC special Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas and was a nominee for his work on Medical Center. Mr. Courage was interviewed in 2000 by TV’s Greatest Hits author Jon Burlingame.

Jon Burlingame has authored a tribute to the composer at

Alexander Courage’s five-part interview can be accessed here.

Interview description:

Courage described his work as a conductor, arranger, and composer in network radio on such series as: “The Screen Guild Theater,” “The Adventures of Sam Spade,” and “Hedda Hopper’s This Is Hollywood.” He described his entrance into feature filmmaking as an arranger at MGM, detailing his screen highlights on such musical classics as Showboat, The Band Wagon, and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. He talked about his entrance into composing for television at Revue Productions. He detailed his work on the MGM series National Velvet and talked about several pilots he made there as well. Switching to 20th Century Fox, he described his work on such feature films as The Pleasure Seekers and Doctor Doolittle. For television at 20th he worked on such series as: Daniel Boone, for which he composed dozens of episodes. He described in detail his work on the series Star Trek for which he wrote the familiar fanfare, theme, and music for the two pilot episodes, as well as several later episodes. Courage spoke of his extensive work on The Waltons for which he composed over one hundred episodes. Other shows discussed include: Judd For The Defense (for which Courage wrote the theme and music for several episodes), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and several Academy Award telecasts. He discussed his later work for television, which included the television movie QBVII (with Jerry Goldsmith), and the television special Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas, which earned him an Emmy Award.