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The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russel Donavan
Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
Col. T.R. Clydesdale
Homer McCoy
Leonard Sharpe
John Wintle
Clay O'Brien ...
Bobby Bradley
Clovis Bradley
Stacy Manning ...
Celia Bradley
Rudy Hooks
Pepe Callahan ...
Poker Polly


Three orphaned siblings are forced upon confirmed bachelor Donovan (Bixby) in a 19th century boom town of Quake City, CA. After an earthquake shakes the area, the children find a large gold nugget worth tens of thousands of dollars. But their newfound wealth is causing more problems than it's solving, so they agree to "give" the gold to two bumbling outlaws (Knotts & Conway). But they only way they can get the gold is to steal it from the bank vault where it's being held for safe keeping. Written by Tony B

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First they blew into town... then they BLEW IT UP! See more »


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Release Date:

1 July 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Semmelknödelbande  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Set in the fictional town of Quake City, CA. See more »


When the children are riding the run-away coal car, dummies are visible in the coal car. See more »


Homer McCoy: Donovan, this is just a half portion of a town, but we do have certain what you might call rules to live by! You don't jump another man's claim; you don't steal his wife, woman or whiskey; you don't strike a bargain and then entertain second thoughts about the matter. Any one of these offenses could make you the exalted guest of honor at a hemp party.
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The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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Apple Dumpling Gang
14 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw the Apple Dumpling Gang when I was a child and I found the film to be delightful. The film is intended to be pure comedy and that is what it delivers.

Don Knotts and Tim Conway are both excellent actors and they provided a superb performance in this comedy. This is a show that I was proud to show my children and my grandchildren as it holds wonderful childhood memories for me.

There are a lot of shows out there today that are too violent, and rude. This show is refreshing in that you can be assured that your children are not watching blood splattering or listening to foul language. This show is in true Walt Disney fashion.

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