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Guy Madison often shaved his chest for "beefcake" scenes but when he takes his shirt off in "Bullwhip," his chest hair - and there's a lot of it - is clearly evident. See more »
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 »
There's not much to commend this Western apart from Rhonda Fleming looking good in an Indian princess outfit straight out of a musical. The plot is full of holes, such as Parnell's men knowing exactly where to find Steve and his sidekick and Pine Camp switching his loyalty from Cheyenne to Steve after being thrashed by him.
Pine Camp is an unconvincing Indian, just as Fleming makes an unconvincing half-breed.
When Cheyenne's wagons meet the Indians in an exchange of hand gestures I couldn't help feeling that Cheyenne should have been looking at them to the right, rather than to the left. I played back this sequence several times and the "wrong way round" effect persisted.
James Griffith was a bit of a disappointment - he spent all the time looking enigmatically po-faced, though at least he kept us wondering about which contract he was going to fulfil.
The bullwhip of the title wasn't much in evidence - just when Rhonda was flicking it in a fit of petulance and when she used it ineffectually on Steve.
The film could have been beefed up a bit by more tension between Steve and Cheyenne, especially if they had been played by not-so-nice actors; imagine Jack Palance and Barbara Stanwyck in the lead roles.
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