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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • TV-PG
  • 1h 50m
  • 1967
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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!
© 1966 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

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Common Sense Says
Disney Old West slapstick adventure has outdated depictions.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is a live-action Disney adventure movie that has slapstick violence and outdated cultural depictions. Family butler Eric Griffin (Roddy McDowell) follows cowboy-obsessed teen Jack (Bryan Russell) to the Old West in search of gold where their paths cross with the villainous thief Judge Higgins (Karl Malden). The slapstick action includes fistfights and people being robbed at gunpoint. A man is twice put in a noose, ready to be hanged. A long boxing match ends the movie, with sped-up comic violence that dates it. A passenger ship is set alight, and a saloon burns down. Caged chickens become distressed during a fight scene. The current, most widely available version of the movie starts with a card explaining that the movie has been "edited for content." However, two culturally insensitive moments are integral to the plot, so while trimmed, they are still present. A White Canadian actor plays a Mexican bandit, with dark face paint and a big stick-on mustache. Higgins disguises himself as a Chinese person and makes a culturally insensitive attempt at Cantonese. Some drinking and smoking of cigars is depicted in a saloon, as befitting the time period. The Old West setting provides some historical context as to how early settlements were formed.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:March 3, 1967
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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