Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
Miller's Chapel, Ark.
January 15, 1950
Davy Crockett Movie
Dave....... said that dog is shore fat.
Vau...That dog fight ain't no good. Well, he said he wasn't as fat as
you heard he was.
M.....And about the Davy Crockett story.
Vau...Oh, that's been read— there's stories of that— you've got that
already written down years ago.
M .... Yeah, but not about the movie.
Vau...You can go to one of these book stores down here and find that.
M .... You know the movie, though, is different.
Vau...Yes, the movie's different but that movie's just putting on that
show just like that actually was— as near as they could— to make
it look good. Yes, you can read that and git that. Davy Crockett
left Tennessee and come down— got beat for Governor up there in
Tennessee and come down in Texas. All of his friends followed him
down there. The whole ... down there. And, finally, Santy Annie
moved him back. Or moved him plum out. Put him plum out.
M ....Well, how about the guy spitting tobacco juice in his eye?
That's the funniest thing I ever heard. And I don't think you'd
find that In a history book. Now, would you?
Vau...Naw, I don't believe you could but that'se in that show, anyhow.
M.....Well, how did it happen?
Vau...I don't believe I'll relate that again. I might get it not just
as correctly. I'd have to write up on that a little— study on that.
Get it all lined up just to fit. But, I guess that's the best
part of it where it comes in just off handed. Where a fella tells
a while and then backs up and gits to correct his statement.
M.....They killed everybody but Davy. He's the last man.
Vau...He's the last to go out. And he smiled as he died. Smiled at death.
M ....Fixing to bayonet him. And he smiled.
Don...He already had the bayonet in his belly, didn't he?
Vau...Had it in his breast.
M ....What was the guy's name that had his tobacco? Wa3 he a hero? One
of the principal fighters or just one of the guys?
Vau...He was one of old Saint Annie's best men, I guess. Heros. It
didn't say. It just showed the man there. So, it didn't say who
he was. Pictured him ... no way. If it was, he's only just a Mexican.
Don...Oh, a Mexican.
Vau...Yeah, old Saint Anna is Mexican. Aw, you've read that old story.
Now, what are you trying to get at?
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