The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

G  |   |  Family, Comedy, Western  |  1 July 1975 (USA)
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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 ...
Iris Adrian ...
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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gold | outlaw | bank | orphan | bachelor | See All (64) »


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


Family | Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

1 July 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Semmelknödelbande  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.75 : 1
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Goofy Scream: When Theodore & Amos fall from the ladder while trying to get onto the roof of the bank. See more »


When Amos and Theodore are handling the dynamite, they keep saying it will go off if it hits the floor. This is a flawed way of thinking. Dynamite requires a special chemical reaction to be set off, hitting the floor is not enough. However in a previous scene, the bank owner proclaims that the dynamite is "sweating" meaning that a simple drop could set it off. See more »


Theodore Ogelvie: You know something, Amos? The Lord poured your brains in with a teaspoon, and somebody joggled His arm. I keep trying to tell you we ain't got no lead to throw, and no powder to throw it with.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Wettest Stories Ever Told (2006) See more »


The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and 'The Back Porch Majority'
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A Western Comedy: Disney Style
2 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason I don't have a lot to say about this film other then the fact that I liked it. That is a very boring and uninteresting review. But because my goal is to actually write reviews of movies that I see and not just become a bland passive movie watcher, I summit this review for others to look upon.

Don Knots and Tim Conway are a perfect comedy due. Their both nerds in this film but Don Knots is the chief nerd in charge. They provide many wacky and comical moments to the film. But it really isn't a wacky slapstick film. It is a family comedy with a serious storyline. It is filled with touching and tender moments and has the classic storyline of a harden man who doesn't like kids and thinks only of himself only to have his heart turn gooey to the kids he's inherited by the end of the film. If that insight spoils the film for you, you haven't seen that many Disney films.

If you want a fun time in the old west with touching comedic moments, that try the 'The Apple Dumpling Gang'

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