MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 45,663 this week

Bullwhip (1958)

 -  Action | Romance | Western  -  25 May 1958 (USA)
5.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 166 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 1 critic

In order to avoid the hangman's noose, a cowboy agrees to marry a beautiful but fiery redhead.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 18 titles
created 20 Feb 2012
 
a list of 711 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 2140 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
 
a list of 56 titles
created 18 Sep 2013
 
a list of 722 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Bullwhip" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bullwhip (1958)

Bullwhip (1958) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bullwhip.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Aces 'N' Eights (TV Movie 2008)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Already taking a gamble settling in the uncharted west, the peaceful settlers of a town destined for railroad greatness suddenly find themselves being ruthlessly gunned down. With no law ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Bruce Boxleitner, Ernest Borgnine
Dark Command (1940)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When transplanted Texan Bob Seton arrives in Lawrence, Kansas he finds much to like about the place, especially Mary McCloud, daughter of the local banker. Politics is in the air however. ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

At the end of the Civil War, a ragtag group of just-discharged Union soldiers clashes with a band of renegade Confederates over a golden treasure hidden in a deserted town in the Oklahoma ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney W. Pink
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Aldo Sambrell, James Philbrook
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A mysterious outlaw known as the Sidewinder, phantom leader of renegade Ute Indians, terrorizes the people of the Arizona Territory in the 1870s. When rancher Tex McCloud has his place ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Forrest Tucker, Arleen Whelan
Air Force (1943)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The outlaw T.J. 'Jesse' James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An navy jet with a defective radio system and a passenger plane get in danger of collision. In flashbacks we learn about the personal problems of the pilots and most of the crew.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Dennis O'Keefe
Cattle Empire (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After serving a five year prison sentence for allowing his men to destroy a town in a drunken spree, a trail boss is hired by the same town's leading citizen to drive their cattle to Fort ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ned Bannon comes across rustlers and is shot and left for dead, but is found in time by a wagon train heading for California. When he recovers he becomes suspicious of the two outsiders who... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Carr
Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Barry Kelley
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Captain Maddocks will never be promoted beyond Captain because of a mistake that he made in the past. Lt. McQuade is a green rookie who is now under the command of the tough Captain and he ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Steve Daley
...
Cheyenne O'Malley
...
'Slow' Karp
...
Judge Carr
Peter Adams ...
John Parnell
Dan Sheridan ...
Podo
Burt Nelson ...
Pine Hawk
Al Terr ...
Lem Pierce
Tim Graham ...
Pete
...
Tex
Wayne Mallory ...
Larry
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Sarah Mason
...
Judd
Don Shelton ...
Hotel Keeper
Jack Reynolds ...
Sheriff
Edit

Storyline

Steve Dailey is in the Abilene, Kansas jail waiting to be hanged when Judge Carr brings Cheyenne O'Malley into his cell and says that Dailey can go free if he marries the girl, without knowing her name, because she must have a husband to claim an estate. Dailey agrees and gets a letter of pardon from the Judge, who plans to kill him, but Dailey, with the help of his friend, Podo, escapes the jail and the Judge's hired killer, "Slow" Karp. He sets out to find his new bride but is captured and taken to the mansion of John Parnell. The latter tells Dailey that Cheyenne is actually a half-breed who runs a fur-trading company and needed a husband because of provisions in her father's will. Parnell is also a fur-trader but he wants Dailey to take over her business so they can work together. Dailey agrees, trails the wagon train and takes over but not before Cheyenne bull-whips him. Meanwhile, Karp has been hired by Judge Carr to kill Dailey and hired by Parnell to keep him alive. He plays ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

SADDLE TRAMP and RED-HAIRED HELLCAT! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bull-Whipped  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In August 1958, this film was playing at many drive-in theaters on a double bill with The Littlest Hobo (1958). See more »

Goofs

During the exterior shot of the judge; Julia and Pine Hawk opening the front door of the Sheriff's office and entering, we see that behind the door is a corridor with a flight of stairs on the left leading upward. In the next shot, an interior shot showing them entering the Sheriff's office through the front door, we see that it is one room, with no sign of any flight of stairs, let alone a corridor. See more »

Soundtracks

Bullwhip
Music and Lyrics by Hal Hopper and James Griffith
Sung by Frankie Laine
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
True Love Follows Hatred at First Sight
24 June 2011 | by (Tunbridge Wells, England) – See all my reviews

"Bullwhip" is a romantic comedy with a Western setting. The hero, Steve Dailey, is in jail waiting to be hanged on a charge of murder- he says it was self-defence- when he is offered his freedom on condition he marries an unknown young woman. According to the Judge she needs a husband in order to fulfil and condition of her late father's will, which stipulated that she could only inherit his estate if married.

Unsurprisingly, Dailey accepts this offer, setting in motion a plot particularly convoluted even by the standards of rom-coms. The unknown woman turns out to be Cheyenne O'Malley, the half-Indian daughter of an Irish fur-trader and heiress to a considerable fortune. Cheyenne is a tough, independent woman- the film's title derives from the whip she always carries- and she and Dailey take an immediate dislike to one another, thus setting up the standard rom-com cliché that true love always follows hatred at first sight. In another complication, Dailey is being trailed by a hired gunman who has been hired not only to kill him (by the Judge, who wants his part in the murky affair hushed up) but also to keep him alive (by another fur trader who is hoping to go into partnership with Dailey once he has taken over his wife's business).

The film contains echoes of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew", with Dailey as Petruchio and Cheyenne as Katharina. The Western was, generally, a male-dominated genre; I can think of plenty of well-known examples without a single significant female character, and plenty more where the female characters are only there to provide the hero's love-interest or to be protected by the hero against the villains. There were, of course, Westerns with a strong female lead- Joan Crawford in "Johnny Guitar" is a good example- but these tended to be the exception rather than the rule.

Even films which did have a leading female figure could end by reasserting traditional gender roles; the hard-bitten heroine of "Calamity Jane", for example, ends up by swapping her buckskins for a frilly dress and settling down to married life, an ending for which we have already been subconsciously prepared by the casting of Doris Day, an actress better known for romantic comedy as an action-adventure heroine. "Bullwhip" tells a similar story, the transformation of its heroine from a proud, independent woman to a submissive, domesticated wife, as Cheyenne learns to accept her husband's authority. She tries to use her bullwhip on him, but soon wishes she hadn't.

There will doubtless be many today who would regard the attitudes revealed by films like this as offensive, but they were fairly commonplace in the cinema of the fifties, and not only in Westerns. Even when judged by the standards of the fifties, however, "Bullwhip" does not work particularly well as a film. A romantic comedy on the "Taming of the Shrew" theme needs a much more dominant hero than the rather colourless Guy Madison, an actor whom I had not come across before except for a minor role in "Since You Went Away". (If this film is typical of the standard of his work, it is hardly surprising that he is no longer a household name). Rhonda Fleming is better as the fiery red-headed Cheyenne, although she is not good enough to carry the film on her own. Her looks, moreover, do not really suggest the Indian blood with which she is credited by the script.

"Bullwhip" is typical of the many Western B-movies that were churned out by the studios in the fifties. Such films were rarely spectacularly bad, and this one is not. Technically, it is competently made, the actors for the most part play their parts adequately if not particularly well. Nevertheless, it never rises far above the level of the mediocre, which it might have done had there been a greater rapport between the two leads. 5/10


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release? BritishPatriot
Difficult decision Marlburian
Discuss Bullwhip (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?