The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
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Directed by James Neilson
Screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley
Based on By the Great Horn Spoon!
by Sid Fleischman
Starring Roddy McDowall
Suzanne Pleshette
Karl Malden
Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (songs)
George Bruns (score)
Cinematography Edward Colman
Edited by Marsh Hendry
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • March 8, 1967 (1967-03-08) (United States)
Running time
108 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,900,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is a 1967 American Western comedy film directed by James Neilson. The film is based on the novel By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, and stars Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette and Karl Malden. The songs were written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.


In 1845, after Arabella Flagg is orphaned in Boston, her young brother Jack and the family's former butler Griffin stow away aboard a ship bound for San Francisco, where the gold rush has begun. Griffin gets work as the ship's cook.

A swindler and thief, Judge Higgins, steals a map to a gold mine belonging to Quentin Bartlett, an actor who is among the ship's passengers. Griffin, Jack and Bartlett all pursue the crooked judge while Arabella arrives in town and takes a job as a dancehall girl to make ends meet.

Griffin encounters a beefy bully, Mountain Ox, and lashes out a punch that flattens him. "Bullwhip" becomes his new nickname. Inspired by the incident, Griffin enters a prizefighting match and wins the money. He also wins Arabella's affection, while Judge Higgins, caught trying to steal the fight's receipts, quivers behind bars as a lynch mob for him forms outside.


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  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.

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