The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
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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."
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.
Great for California fourth graders.
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?
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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Great movie for kids, my 10 year old daughter was shown this in school (sub) and she came home raving about it, so we watched it at home, we loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dennis B.
Was a great family movie. We enjoyed it and can't believe we had never watched it before.Published 1 month ago by Christine
Goes great after we read "By the Great Horn Spoon" at the end of the school year.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read "By the Great Horn Spoon" with my fourth graders each year and we culminate the book with the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allison