The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

Director: James Neilson Cast: Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2005
UPC: 0786936279375
Original Release: 1966
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 10,483

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Widescreen (1.66:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roddy McDowall Bullwhip Griffin
Suzanne Pleshette Arabella Flagg
Karl Malden Judge Higgins
Harry Guardino Sam Trimble
Bryan Russell Jack Flagg
Richard Haydn Quentin Bartlett
Hermione Baddeley Irene Chesney
Liam Redmond Capt. Swain
Cecil Kellaway Mr. Pemberton
Joby Baker Bandido leader
Mike Mazurki Mountain Ox
Alan Carney Joe Turner
Parley Baer Chief Executioner
Arthur Hunnicutt Referee
Dub Taylor Timekeeper
Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez Bandido
Gil Lamb Actor
Burt Mustin Actor
John Qualen Actor
Dave Willock Actor

Technical Credits
James Neilson Director
Bill Anderson Producer
Robert B. Songwriter
George Bruns Score Composer,Songwriter
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Walt Disney Producer
Lowell S. Hawley Screenwriter
Mel Leven Songwriter
Alex Plasschaert Choreography
Richard M. Sherman Songwriter
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [11:16]
2. Jack's Gone [8:20]
3. One Chance [11:28]
4. Fire on Board [9:15]
5. Mountain Ox [10:36]
6. Judge Higgins [7:25]
7. Gold! [11:15]
8. Back Again [7:04]
9. "Boston Belle" [12:58]
10. Getting Ready [3:17]
11. The Great Fight [16:33]
12. End Credits [:58]

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Disney's better live action films from the 1960's. Very light-hearted and extremely well written, this film will entertain both young and old. The villian, played by Karl Malden, keeps this story from becoming too sugarcoated. Great performances by Roddy McDowall as the uptight butler, and by Suzanne Pleshette who plays his employer's independent granddaughter. Overall great fun and a wonderful Disney classic.
desertflower More than 1 year ago
One of the great Disney oldies.