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The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

 -  Family | Comedy | Western  -  1 July 1975 (USA)
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Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

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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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Wanted: For chicanery, skulduggery, tomfoolery and habitual bungling! See more »

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Family | Comedy | Western

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1 July 1975 (USA)  »

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The Apple Dumpling Gang  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
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Funnier Than Most!
27 June 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the 1970's, Disney churned out cheap film after cheap film meant to draw children in without spending much money. They had mediocre acting, mediocre laughs and often obscure and pointless plots.

Out of all these films, The Apple Dumpling Gang is one of the few that succeeds in capturing the audience. This is entirely due to the splendid performances by Don Knotts and Tim Conway. These accomplished comedy actors give perhaps the most hilarious performances that Disney has delivered to date.

The plot is pretty pointless, most of the acting is only okay, but the dialogue and action, especially from Knotts and Conway, is hilarious. Catch this film if you just want to laugh.

You can also see the sequel, which delivers quite a few laughs but is a little too weird and pointless for my taste.


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