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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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Col. T.R. Clydesdale
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Homer McCoy
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Leonard Sharpe
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John Wintle
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Bobby Bradley
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Celia Bradley
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Rudy Hooks
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Clemons
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Poker Polly
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Semmelknödelbande  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Celia Bradley: When Mr. Stockley gets mad, he uses words I've never heard before.
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Soundtracks

The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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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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