The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

Synopsis: In 1840s Boston when old man Flagg dies he leaves only debts behind. His grandson, Jack Flagg, dreamy and adventurous plans to run away from home and sneak aboard a sailing ship bound for gold-rich California. When his absence is discovered by his sister Arabella a frantic search ensues. Jack manages to board a California-bound ship where he meets crooked Judge Higgins and other characters. Fortunately for Jack his trusted and loyal butler, Bullwhip Griffin, has followed him on the ship. The two finally disembark in San Francisco and immerse themselves into the crazy world of California's gold rush. Jack Flagg's sister Arabella worries about her brother and decides to go to California herself to find Jack and their butler.
Director(s): James Neilson
Production: Walt Disney Productions
108 min

Bullwhip, Bullwhip

Bullwhip Griffin

Let villains and ruffians beware

His path never swerved

and justice was served

When Bullwhip Griffin was there



[Bell rings]

Speaking of

Californias legendary heroes

Whose praises have been

novelized and sung

Its time that we acclaim

A certain gentleman whose name

was once upon the tip of every tongue

Back in the gold rush days

in wicked San Francisco

He cut a figure dignified and prim

Although extremely frail

and physically doomed to fail

He had purity of heart

in back of him

Now, to begin our story

we must go to Boston

The scene

wherein our hero is employed

A home of quality

bespeaks of aristocracy

And comfort

that is soon to be destroyed

Here is a family friend

arriving in his carriage

His person we will presently portray

Attention, first, is due

the man in the doorway

Who will be a legend one day

Bullwhip, Bullwhip

[Pemberton] Good day, Griffin.

- Miss Arabella is expecting you, sir.

- Thank you.

I'll take your coat, sir.

Mr. Pemberton. So nice to see you.

Hello, my dear. Thank you.

You're looking very beautiful, as usual.

Thank you.

Griffin, are the others ready?

They're all in the library except

Master Jack. I'll bring him.

- He should be there, shouldn't he?

- By all means.

- Isn't it pleasant to have snow again?

- Very much...

Roll it about.

[Knock on door]

[Griffin] Master Jack?

Hey, Griffin. Come on in.

Pour off the water.

Try some soap and water in there

sometime if you really want results.

Soap? You don't need soap.

This is how you pan gold.

Pan gold?

It tells in there.

How to swirl it about...

...gradually pour off the water...

...until you get down to the nuggets.

Oh. Oh. Of course. Well...

[Griffin] "Bullwhip Brannigan.

Or a son of the mother lode."

Bullwhip took Tom Wingay with him

to the gold fields.

Tom was just my age and he wrestled

with a grizzly bear. Bullwhip did.

The bear got loose and ran away,

so Bullwhip really won!

Mmm. Well, it would be nice,

Master Jack,

if you would become better

acquainted with the classics

rather than wasting your time

upon such trivia.

Trivia? What do you mean, trivia?

It's educational.


I bet you can't show me

in any of those books

where it tells how to pan gold,

or how to wrestle with a grizzly bear.

Hmm. Quite true. They do, however,

give an amazing insight

into the rather peculiar behavior

of growing boys.

Shall we be going?

The lawyer is waiting.

[Lawyer] "I, Alonzo J. Flagg,

being of sound mind,

do hereby declare this

to be my last will and testament.

And I bequeath to my coachman,

Harry Silwell... Silway..."

Sidwell, sir. Harry Sidwell.

Oh. [clears throat]

"Harry Sidwell,

fifty thousand dollars."

- [Gasps]

- Would you say that again, sir?

Fifty thousand dollars.

"To my cook

and breakfast table confidante,

Miss Abigail Gucken... kick?"

Abigail Guckennick.

Oh. Miss Abigail Guckennick.

"I bequeath $90,000."

Ninety thousand!?

"To my housekeeper of many years,

guardian of my health

and custodian of my morality,

Miss Irene Chesney,

I bequeath $100,000."

Oh... What an angel he was.

"To my butler, Eric Griffin,

who at a young age

promises to surpass his father

and his father's father

in doing the proper thing

in the proper way at the proper time,

I bequeath $500,000,

in profound confidence that he will not

so much as arch an eyebrow

when he learns of this bequest."

Half a million dollars?

What a kind, saintly man he was.

[Lawyer] "All the remainder of my estate

plus, specifically,

the family residence in Boston,

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