The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

1967

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)

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This rambunctious Disney comedy was based on the novel By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman. Roddy McDowall plays Griffin, the very proper butler of Bostonian Bryan Russell. When Russell runs off to California during the 1849 gold rush, Griffin dutifully tags along. Master and butler team up with Shakespearean actor Richard Haydn, who owns a treasure map. Crooked judge Karl Malden (a master of many disguises), pilfers the map once Our Heroes reach San Francisco. While endeavoring to retrieve the valuable parchment, Griffin has any number of adventures, ranging from a bout of fisticuffs with ox-like Mike Mazurki to a romance with Russell's sister Suzanne Pleshette, a former debutante turned saloon singer. If Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin resembles an animated cartoon at times, credit should go to veteran Disney animator Ward Kimball, who provided the spirited cartoon transitions between scenes.

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Cast

Roddy McDowall
as Bullwhip Griffin
Suzanne Pleshette
as Arabella Flagg
Karl Malden
as Judge Higgins
Harry Guardino
as Sam Trimble
Bryan Russell
as Jack Flagg
Richard Haydn
as Quentin Bartlett
Liam Redmond
as Capt. Swain
Hermione Baddeley
as Irene Chesney
Cecil Kellaway
as Mr. Pemberton
Joby Baker
as Bandido leader
Mike Mazurki
as Mountain Ox
Alan Carney
as Joe Turner
Parley Baer
as Chief Executioner
Dub Taylor
as Timekeeper
Burt Mustin
as Townsman (uncredited)
Richard Reeves
as Last Haircut Man (uncredited)
John Qualen
as Barber (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Nothing here to upset the kids, little to interest grown-ups except for Tony Hancock admirers.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Bullwhip Griffin is a pleasant, low-key adventure comedy, good summer entertainment for youngsters and perhaps not too unlikely for their parents.

Jun 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

How is it, for the kids? Okay, no more.

Jun 4, 2005 | Full Review…

Dated Disney fare, best left to TV.

Apr 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Like all movies from the Walt Disney studios, Bullwhip Griffin is good family entertainment. But some younger members of the family may find it a little slow going.

Jun 4, 2005 | Full Review…

It's not high art (and it's sure not close to "classic" status), but Bullwhip presents some old-fashioned family fun that won't have the grown-ups running for cover.

May 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

It's a silly kids movie from Disney, but I liked it, it's fun. The cast is good, and it's sort of a western comedy movie too. McDowall is really funny in this movie as he goes from the kids' butler to a fearless fighter. A really interesting, and almost unknown Disney movie, I hadn't heard of it before myself. I recommend it to both Disney and McDowall fans.

Aj V
Aj V

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