The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
|The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin|
|Directed by||James Neilson|
|Screenplay by||Lowell S. Hawley|
|Based on||By the Great Horn Spoon!
by Sid Fleischman
|Music by||Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (songs)
George Bruns (score)
|Edited by||Marsh Hendry|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Box office||$1,900,000 (US/ Canada)|
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.
- Roddy McDowall as Bullwhip Griffin
- Suzanne Pleshette as Arabella Flagg
- Bryan Russell as Jack Flagg
- Karl Malden as Judge Higgins
- Harry Guardino as Sam Trimble
- Richard Haydn as Quentin Bartlett
- Mike Mazurki as Mountain Ox
- Hermione Baddeley as Miss Irene Chesney
- Alan Carney as Joe Turner
- Cecil Kellaway as Mr. Pemberton
- Parley Baer as Chief Executioner
- Arthur Hunnicutt as Referee
- Dub Taylor as Timekeeper
- Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Bandido
- "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
- Official website
- The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin at the Internet Movie Database
- The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin at the TCM Movie Database
- The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin at AllMovie
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