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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)

Roddy McDowall , Suzanne Pleshette , James Neilson  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Harry Guardino, Richard Haydn
  • Directors: James Neilson
  • Writers: Lowell S. Hawley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077BPFA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

On Disney DVD for the first time, Boston proper meets the Wild West as Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, and Karl Malden star in a fish-out-of-water comedy for everyone! To restore his family's lost wealth, a young Boston lad stows away on a ship bound for the California Gold Rush. When their very proper butler gives chase, all roads lead to nonstop adventure, wild and woolly characters, and a lucky punch that leads to a bonanza of belly laughs! You'll discover a fortune of family fun in this classic Disney film -- perfect for your collection.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Adventure, American Style March 30, 2005
Format:DVD
Of those countless live-action films that Disney made and seemed to have forgotten about, this is by far one of the best - and now they're finally releasing it on DVD.

Roddy MacDowell stars as Eric Griffin, a by-the-books, remarkably canny Butler for the Flagg family. When the patriarch dies and the Flagg orphans are revealed to be destitute, Griffin must follow them to the wild west where he proves that good manners and a clever, clear head can help one overcome any situation, from poverty to bandits to bare-knuckle boxing championships. The villian of the show, played over-the-top with delicious relish by the potatoe-nosed Karl Malden, is a treat, and a great counter for MacDowell's clean, handsome Griffin.

There are laughs, great action sequences, and numerous episodic adventures, but what really makes this movie shine is a strong sense of period. The feeling that this really is the mid nineteenth century, and not a '60s recreation, is palpable, and is a must for any fan of Westerns, victoriana, steampunk, or just the good old days when "for the whole family" didn't just mean "for kids."

For similar enjoyment, check out Disney's soon-to-be-released dvd of "In Search of the Castaways", based on Jules Verne's riveting adventure "Captain Grant's Children."
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for any California 4th Grade Teacher! July 4, 2009
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After finishing the book BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON with my 4th graders, I wanted to reward them at the end of the year with a video. I had heard there was a movie version of the book, and was thrilled to find this video. Yes, there are differences betweent the book and video, but nonetheless, my students thoroughly enjoyed "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" with tons of positive comments and much laughter. I am so pleased to have purchased this video as I was highly entertained myself. This is a must-have buy for any teacher who completes a unit on the California gold rush! The video was certainly a hit, but make sure you read BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON, as well! :)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cute Disney western comedy - in WIDESCREEN May 13, 2005
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THE ADVENTURES OF BULLWHIP GRIFFIN, a western comedy-rouser from Disney, gets it's long awaited DVD debut. Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette and Karl Malden (all veterans of Disney live action films) lead the impressive cast.

McDowall plays a meek butler from Boston, suddenly landed in the wild wild west, in the thick of the gold rush. Romance, adventure and comedy abound with Suzanne Pleshette an eyeful as saloon cutie Arabella Flagg. The cast also includes Harry Guardino, Richard Haydn, Hermione Baddeley, Cecil Kellaway and Joby Baker.

Disney has released THE ADVENTURES OF BULLWHIP GRIFFIN in pleasing 16:9 anamorphic. With the company in the bad habit of releasing most of their back-catalogue titles in fullscreen, this is rather a surprise. Sadly no extras, though having BULLWHIP GRIFFIN finally in digital format has been worth the wait.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute Disney film from the 60's February 21, 2005
Format:DVD
How can one resist the cast? Roddy McDowell, Suzanne Pleshette (YES, she sings! - and quite well), Karl Malden and a host of classic western stars. A very fun family film that has a fun story that takes many different directions - It will be nice on DVD, though only disappointment is that Disney NEVER does any extras at all on these old "claasics".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for 4th grade June 2, 2011
By Ginger
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this DVD for my fourth grade classroom. Students had finished studying about the California Gold Rush and reading Sid Fleischman's By the Great Horn Spoon!. Students loved the book and enjoyed the movie.
Great for California fourth graders.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A butler with a THEME SONG! June 23, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
A series of extremely funny accidents take a butler, a boy and an independent young woman off to California for the gold rush.
They keep getting rich, and then losing it.
The whole movie is full of wonderful quotes that make you want to repeat them at random moments:
"Oh. Well, now I shall be forced to trounce the scoundrel!"
It's just an unwilling hero story, but so well done that you will always remember it. And who could pass up a butler with a theme song?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even enjoyed by 7th graders!!! December 13, 2010
By Kris
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My students and I finished reading "By the Great Horn Spoon" and decided to watch this movie that is (very loosely, in my opinion) based on it.

We certainly got a kick out of it. I mean, it's definitely an older movie, so we weren't expecting amazing digital enhancement or anything, but we did enjoy a laugh or two at how silly and downright hilarious some of the attempts at cinematographic ingenuity and melodramatic acting. I think it was really good for my students to see how movies "used to be made" too, before the modern film-making techniques we have now! We also really enjoyed comparing and contrasting the differences between the movie and the book.

My kids have still been singing the theme song of "Bullwhip Griffin" even now, a few weeks later. It was a fun little movie for a Friday afternoon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin August 24, 2010
By the MOM
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My teenagers had never seen this movie. They really enjoyed it and were quoting it for the next week. It is so great to see that Disney Movies still pack a punch even with the teens today!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this movie. Extremely family friendly!
Published 1 month ago by Melodie Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all is great
Published 1 month ago by Armond Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars By the Great Horn Spoon!!
I saw this as a child on the Wonderful World of Disney, and haven't seen it since. Great movie, lots of action and laughs and very family friendly. My 12 year old son loved it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GoomerMoom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Family Fun.
Published 2 months ago by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My students loved this movie, great comparison to By The Great Horn Spoon. Opened up lots of conversations.
Published 2 months ago by Kelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie from the book "The Great Horn Spoon!"
Published 2 months ago by J. Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie, my whole family enjoyed its plot and ...
This was a great movie, my whole family enjoyed its plot and cinematography. I would recommend it to a friend.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love this movie! It's a great movie to have a laugh and the film does a decent job of accurately portraying the time period. Read more
Published 3 months ago by matthew ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for sending it so quickly
I needed this to go along with our class reading of By the Great Hornspoon. I appreciate your prompt response to my order.
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Published 4 months ago by Sherri H Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much
I was disappointed in this movie. I got it because it was the movie version of "By the Great Horn Spoon", but the story is so changed as to be nearly unrecognizable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by posh
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