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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin


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  • 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 (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077BPFA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,601 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.

Customer Reviews

My family loves this movie!
Carroll Hamilton
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.
Chris Schweizer
Great movie, lots of action and laughs and very family friendly.
GoomerMoom

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chris Schweizer on 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Margaret B. Epperson on July 4, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 13, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Charles Wild on 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 By Ginger on June 2, 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kris on December 13, 2010
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Karns on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on October 22, 2009
Format: DVD
Based upon Sid Fleischman's juvenile novel By the Great Horn Spoon!, this lesser-known Disney live-action film stars the inimitable Roddy McDowall (who also appeared in several other Disney flicks, notably Walt Disney Presents That Darn Cat Featuring Hayley Mills) as Eric Griffin, the unflappable young butler to the Flagg family of Boston (his father occupied the office before him, and his grandfather, as he says, "prepared and served the meals for Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar!"). Griffin has literally grown up with Arabella (Suzanne Pleshette), the elder of the Flagg youngsters, though he's never dared aspire to her. Then, in the early days of the California Gold Rush, Arabella's grandfather and guardian dies bankrupt, and her 12-year-old brother Jack (Bryan Russell), inspired by the dime-novel adventures of "Bullwhip" Brannigan and his young companion Tom Wingate ("just the same age I am"), sets off to stow away on a California clipper and restore the family fortunes, falling in by the way with a Shakespearean actor, Quentin Bartlett (Richard Haydn), who is in flight from "the murderous hounds" seeking to steal his map to the Mother Lode. When Griffin, following Jack, boards the ship to take him off, Bartlett mistakenly conks him on the head, and both butler and boy end up working their passage around the Horn. What they don't suspect until the journey is almost complete is that Bartlett's pursuer--who turns out to be "Judge" Higgins (delightfully played by Karl Malden)--is also on board.Read more ›
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