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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Neilson
Produced by Walt Disney
Screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley
Starring Roddy McDowall
Suzanne Pleshette
Karl Malden
Music by Songs: Score:
George Bruns
Cinematography Edward Colman
Editing by Marsh Hendry
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) June 15, 1967 (1967-06-15) (uk)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $1,900,000 (US/ Canada)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is a 1967 American Western comedy film directed by James Neilson, produced by Walt Disney Productions, and starring Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Hermione Baddeley, and Karl Malden. The film's screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley was based on the novel By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman. The songs were written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and the theme song was written by Mel Leven and George Bruns, the latter of whom also composed the film's score. It was Neilson's fifth and final film he directed for Disney.


In 1848, after Arabella Flagg is orphaned in Boston, her young brother Jack and the family's former butler Eric "Bullwhip" 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 Eric "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
  • Liam Redmond as Captain Swain
  • Cecil Kellaway as Mr. Pemberton
  • Joby Baker as Bandido Leader
  • Parley Baer as Chief Executioner
  • Arthur Hunnicutt as Referee
  • Dub Taylor as Timekeeper
  • Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Bandido
  • John Qualen as Barber
  • Jimmy MacDonald as Saloon Percussionist
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