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The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

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Russel Donavan
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Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
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Leonard Sharpe
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Celia Bradley
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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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First they blew into town... then they BLEW IT UP! See more »

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Family | Comedy | Western

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1 July 1975 (USA)  »

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Die Semmelknödelbande  »

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

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The suspenders that are worn by Amos and Theodore are not period for 1878. Also the bandanas that are worn by the main cast members are also not period for 1878. See more »

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Celia Bradley: When Mr. Stockley gets mad, he uses words I've never heard before.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Wettest Stories Ever Told (2006) See more »

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The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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Don Knotts and Tim Conway Mine for Gold
23 May 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

During the California Gold Rush, gambler Bill Bixby (as Russel Donavan) wins something he wasn't anteing up for - three orphaned children. Declaring, "I'm a bachelor," and in, "no position to care for them," Mr. Bixby tries to unload the cute, but precocious Clay O'Brien, Brad Savage, and Stacy Manning (as Bobby, Clovis, and Celia Bradley). Bixby is unsuccessful, but since he is a latent family man, it really doesn't matter. Herein, he mustn't remain single, unlike in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father".

So, tomboyish Susan Clark (as Dusty) provides the prerequisite motherly attention. Sheriff Harry Morgan (as Homer McCoy) insists Ms. Clark has womanly curves, having seen her "in a cloudburst." In the aptly named "Quake City", the kids find their stock rises after discovering gold in an old, abandoned mine. "The Apple Dumpling Gang" all very direct, and obvious, with bumbling gold-diggers Don Knotts (as Theodore Ogelvie) and Tim Conway (as Amos Tucker) effectively stealing the show.

***** The Apple Dumpling Gang (7/1/75) Norman Tokar ~ Bill Bixby, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Susan Clark


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