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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 ...
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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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gold | outlaw | bank | orphan | bachelor | See All (64) »


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


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Release Date:

1 July 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Semmelknödelbande  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Goofy Scream: When Theodore & Amos fall from the ladder while trying to get onto the roof of the bank. See more »


On the DVD, when the kids set off the musical machine, the banjo has a REMO head on it. REMO was not around in the 1800's. See more »


Amos Tucker: How much money do you figure that dude's got in front of him?
Theodore Ogelvie: About five hundred.
Amos Tucker: Five hundred? Wow! You know, that'll be, uh, that's two hundred apiece!
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Referenced in My Name Is Bruce (2007) See more »


The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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15 June 2002 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

As it goes with most 70's Disney fare, this is an acceptable family movie. Most of their live action flicks of this period are best described as "hit or miss". Where, say, that "Pete's Dragon" is a "MISS", "Apple Dumpling Gang", is a solid "HIT". One wonders where Disney's creative minds were in this period, as some of the films of this period are just a little "off". As in seeming "out of date", and "stale". I guess they were all working on getting Disney World, and EPCOT off the ground in Florida, and gearing up for the much anticipated animated movie "The Black Cauldron". I have a book about Disney, that a relative got for me in 1975, that goes into a good amount of detail on that movie, even though it would be a decade(!) before it was released.

"TADG" has just the right amount of excitement, comedy, cute kids, and bumbling to be watchable by almost anyone. Bill Bixby does a good job as the lead, and Susan Clark is quite watchable. The kids are not as "whiney" as most live action Disney kids, and David Wayne and Harry Morgan are most welcome. And then there's Don Knotts and Tim Conway! I usually get tired of "the bumbling duo" act, but there is just the right amount of screen time for them, to not become annoying.

I'd suggest this to any parent who has to sit and watch along with the wee ones. I usually grab a magazine to read, but I found myself actually enjoying this warm hearted film.

Miss some of the stinkers like "Pete's Dragon"(I hate that kid!), and enjoy this kind hearted little movie from Disney.

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