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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 8 March 1967 (USA)
A young man from Boston heads west to join the California gold rush with the hopes of restoring his family fortune, but his dedicated butler sets out to find him and bring him home.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay), Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel) (as Sid Fleischman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Bullwhip Griffin
Suzanne Pleshette ... Arabella Flagg
Karl Malden ... Judge Higgins
Harry Guardino ... Sam Trimble
Richard Haydn ... Quentin Bartlett
Hermione Baddeley ... Miss Irene Chesney
Bryan Russell ... Jack Flagg
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
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In 1840s Boston when old man Flagg dies he leaves only debts behind. His grandson, Jack Flagg, dreamy and adventurous plans to run away from home and sneak aboard a sailing ship bound for gold-rich California. When his absence is discovered by his sister Arabella a frantic search ensues. Jack manages to board a California-bound ship where he meets crooked Judge Higgins and other characters. Fortunately for Jack his trusted and loyal butler, Bullwhip Griffin, has followed him on the ship. The two finally disembark in San Francisco and immerse themselves into the crazy world of California's gold rush. Jack Flagg's sister Arabella worries about her brother and decides to go to California herself to find Jack and their butler. Written by nufs68

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When the family fortune runs out, the laughs rush in.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'honorable Griffin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Though based on the book "By the Great Horn Spoon!" by Albert Sidney Fleischman, the movie veers away from the book in many ways. See more »

Quotes

Eric 'Bullwhip' Griffin: Now that was not fair. You simply must observe the Marquess of Queensberry rules.
Mountain Ox: Huh?
Referee: [pulling Bullwhip aside] Stop usin' them cuss words. I said "a clean fight."
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Innocents Abroad In San Francisco
29 December 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Playing the title role of Bullwhip Griffin is Roddy McDowell, a gentleman's gentleman and guardian to heirs Bryan Russell and Suzanne Pleshette from Boston. It seems as though their father has died and the family fortune isn't quite what they've been led to believe. Never mind that, young Russell has lived on an intellectual diet of dime novels and is convinced that he can go to California and strike it rich with the Gold Rush.

The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin has a Mark Twain feel to it and it's not too bad, I think Mr. Clemens might have approved of it in his younger and less cynical days. The chief villain of the piece is Karl Malden playing a confidence man who goes by the name of 'Judge' Griffin. He's a man full of tricks, he's a lot like the 'king' and 'duke' characters from Huckleberry Finn. Twain would have really relished Malden's performance.

As for Roddy McDowall he's as innocent as those Americans going abroad for the first time as tourists in Innocents Abroad. In point of fact San Francisco and the gold fields of California were a whole continent away and might as well been a foreign country. In fact McDowall would have been more at home in London than in San Francisco had he gone east instead of west.

But this is America and it's the land of no titled classes. McDowall dares dream he too could win the hand of Suzanne Pleshette who has shaken her proper eastern upbringing to sing in Harry Guardino's Barbary Coast saloon. Guardino is another villain playing his part with relish, he's interested in Pleshette for more than her singing career.

Highlight of the film is McDowall taking on Mike Mazurki in a prize fight. Only in the movies would you think that McDowall could beat Mazurki in a fight. Still it's a very funny sequence.

The cast looks like they're having a real good time making this film and the enthusiasm is infectious. The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin is one of the better products to come from the Magic Kingdom in the Sixties.


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