Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

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

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

     
 
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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Endearing" is perhaps the most apt word to describe The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, a very agreeable little Disney picture that skates along quite merrily on charm and personality. As with many of the studio's other live action films of the period, it has a tendency to get slightly sticky at times; however, Bullwhip has the good sense to just dip its toe in the gooey sweetness and decide that a little wade, rather than a full-fledged plunge into the depths, is all that it needs. Lowell S. Hawley's screenplay, based on a book by Sid Fleischman, lays out a fairly familiar family-movie story, but it includes a few little twists that add fun to the proceedings, and he keeps the focus on the characters and their relationships, rather than indulging in sidetrips that may present the opportunity for comedy but have little to do with the story. There's slapstick, of course, but far less than one would expect and generally well handled by director James Neilson; things are kept just enough in hand so that they don't derail the film. The cast is admirable, with Roddy McDowall everything a British butler should be and Suzanne Pleshette totally winning. Kudos also to Bryan Russell, who plays the young boy with a minimum of cutesiness.

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:
25,238

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.