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Writers:
Don Tait (screenplay)
Jack M. Bickham (book)
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Release Date:
1 July 1975 (USA) See more »
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Wanted: For chicanery, skulduggery, tomfoolery and habitual bungling! See more »
Plot:
Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Likeable.... See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Bixby ... Russel Donavan

Susan Clark ... Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale

Don Knotts ... Theodore Ogelvie

Tim Conway ... Amos

David Wayne ... Col. T.R. Clydesdale

Slim Pickens ... Frank Stillwell

Harry Morgan ... Homer McCoy

John McGiver ... Leonard Sharpe

Don Knight ... John Wintle
Clay O'Brien ... Bobby Bradley

Brad Savage ... Clovis Bradley
Stacy Manning ... Celia Bradley

Dennis Fimple ... Rudy Hooks
Pepe Callahan ... Clemons
Iris Adrian ... Poker Polly

Fran Ryan ... Mrs. Stockley

Bing Russell ... Herm Dally
James Brodhead ... The Mouthpiece (as James E. Brodhead)
Jim Boles ... Easy Archie
Olan Soule ... Rube Cluck (as Olan Soulé)
Tom Waters ... Rowdy Joe Dover
Dawn Little Sky ... Big Foot
Joshua Shelley ... Broadway Phil
Richard Lee-Sung ... Oh So
Arthur Wong ... No So
Dick Winslow ... Slippery Sid
Bill Dunbar ... Fast Eddie
Wally K. Berns ... Cheating Charley (as Wally Berns)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Booth ... Barfly (uncredited)
Owen Bush ... Sleeping Fireman (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Mover (uncredited)
Bruce Kimmel ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Larry Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Old Prospector (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman Tokar 
 
Writing credits
Don Tait (screenplay)

Jack M. Bickham (book)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Buddy Baker 
 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
 
Film Editing by
Ray de Leuw 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
 
Set Decoration by
John A. Kuri  (as John Kuri)
 
Costume Design by
Shelby Anderson 
 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Grow .... assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... second assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Frank Regula .... sound mixer
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Donna Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Iceland:L | USA:G

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Trivia:
Last cinema film of Bill Bixby.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the opening credits, Magnolia's seat position on the stagecoach keeps changing. During long shots, she is seated on the right side of the stagecoach; during close-ups she is seated on the left side of the coach.See more »
Quotes:
Homer McCoy:I've never teamed two more unlikely prospects. You two go together like ice cream and whiskey. But I guess you'd be man and wife same as regular people, and nobody could say different.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Name Is Bruce (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Likeable...., 15 June 2002
Author: jwrowe3 from Tampa, FL

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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