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Bullwhip (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Romance, Western | 21 June 1958 (USA)
In order to avoid the hangman's noose, a cowboy agrees to marry a beautiful but fiery redhead.

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Harmon Jones
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Madison ... Steve Daley
Rhonda Fleming ... Cheyenne O'Malley
James Griffith ... 'Slow' Karp
Don Beddoe ... Judge Carr
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... John Parnell
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Podo
Burt Nelson Burt Nelson ... Pine Hawk
Al Terr Al Terr ... Lem Pierce
Tim Graham ... Pete
Hank Worden ... Tex
Wayne Mallory ... Larry
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Mrs. Sarah Mason (as Barbara Woodell)
Rush Williams ... Judd
Don Shelton Don Shelton ... Hotel Keeper
Jack Reynolds Jack Reynolds ... Sheriff
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Steve Dailey is in the Abilene, Kansas jail waiting to be hanged when Judge Carr brings Cheyenne O'Malley into his cell and says that Dailey can go free if he marries the girl, without knowing her name, because she must have a husband to claim an estate. Dailey agrees and gets a letter of pardon from the Judge, who plans to kill him, but Dailey, with the help of his friend, Podo, escapes the jail and the Judge's hired killer, "Slow" Karp. He sets out to find his new bride but is captured and taken to the mansion of John Parnell. The latter tells Dailey that Cheyenne is actually a half-breed who runs a fur-trading company and needed a husband because of provisions in her father's will. Parnell is also a fur-trader but he wants Dailey to take over her business so they can work together. Dailey agrees, trails the wagon train and takes over but not before Cheyenne bull-whips him. Meanwhile, Karp has been hired by Judge Carr to kill Dailey and hired by Parnell to keep him alive. He plays ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SADDLE TRAMP AND RED-HEADED HELLCAT...they ripped the West like a bullwhip! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bull-Whipped See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In August 1958 this was playing at many drive-in theaters on a double bill with The Littlest Hobo (1958). See more »

Goofs

During the exterior shot of the judge opening the front door of the Sheriff's office and entering, followed by Julia and Pine Hawk, we see that behind the door is a corridor with a flight of stairs on the left leading upward. In the next interior shot, we see them now entering the Sheriff's office through the front door, but that it is one room, with no sign of any flight of stairs, let alone a corridor. See more »

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Bullwhip
Music and Lyrics by Hal Hopper and James Griffith
Sung by Frankie Laine
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Bad, even by cheesy fifties western standards
17 March 2005 | by thesnowleopardSee all my reviews

This is a well-worn story about a man who marries to escape the hangman's noose, then sets about "taming" his reluctant bride. It manages to be sexist and racist at exactly the same time. We never find out, for example, why a woman who won the respect of an Indian warrior is completely unable to fight back against her erstwhile husband. Or why the members of her team are so eager to get a "real man" in the saddle when she seems to have been taking care of things just fine on her own. This only made sense in fifties Hollywood.

There's a really stupid scene where she horsewhips him and he actually catches the whip--the second time--then yanks her off her horse. Never mind that the first time probably would have lost him an eye, which would make it pretty hard to grab that whip! Then, he prevails in a fight against her Indian bodyguard where he spends the first two thirds of it getting beaten to a pulp. That's some second wind. Later, he successfully negotiates with some bloodthirsty Indians (as they all are in these flicks) after they reject her now she's his "squaw". Never mind that he has zero diplomatic skills and she's been negotiating with them for years. And the way he keeps rejecting her attempts to seduce him just to keep her keen and keep her from getting a hold on him--yeah, right. Like the women are just throwing themselves at him all the way down the trail.

Finally, neither of the leads is convincing in their roles. Madison is just a jerk who gets unrealistically lucky. Fleming flips her hair and scowls a lot, but is totally unconvincing as a fiery tomboy. The only reason you'd root for her is because you want to see Madison get tied to a runaway horse and dragged over a cliff before the film's end. The way that Madison tames Fleming is so predictable and has so few obstacles that it will irritate the heck out of you if you see women as anything but blow-up dolls. Even if you do see them as dolls, the total lack of suspense will bore you.

Total waste of time. Even the scenery's kinda dull. Give this one a big miss.


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