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Director:
Writers:
Don Tait (screenplay)
Jack M. Bickham (book)
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Release Date:
1 July 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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(11 articles)
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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 64: ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang’
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User Reviews:
Consignment, One Set Of Kids 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)
Bart Russell ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Larry Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Old Prospector (uncredited)

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
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Goofy Scream: When Theodore & Amos fall from the ladder while trying to get onto the roof of the bank.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Frank Stillwell first enters the bank to rob it, he is holding a small pistol (possibly a Derringer). But once inside his gun changes to a full-size revolver.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff McCoy:You're rear end's on fire, Theodore.
Theodore:Oh. Thank you.
[Jumps and frantically slaps fire out; glares at Amos]
Theodore:Why didn't you tell me my rear end was on fire?
Amos:Well, you said not to do anything to attract attention.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Sasquatch Gang (2006)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Consignment, One Set Of Kids, 28 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Don Knotts and Tim Conway, two very big stars in their own right, teamed to do some very successful films mostly for the Disney Studio. Their comedy style was a lot like Laurel and Hardy, but in terms of individual stars teaming and being successful at both, the only comparison there is Crosby and Hope.

The Apple Dumpling Gang follows the misadventures of these two lunkheads as they try their hand at the outlaw trade. They accidentally shot a really fierce outlaw in Slim Pickens and left him crippled in one leg and he's out for their hides.

Paralleling that plot is that of gambler Bill Bixby who wins what he thinks is a consignment of freight in a poker game, but what he really gets is the delivery of three children. Being a roving bachelor Bixby naturally thinks the kids will cramp his style and they do for awhile. Willing to help is Calamity Jane like character Susan Clark who drives for the freight line that her father David Wayne owns.

One thing I do so like about Disney films is the use of familiar Hollywood faces who were having trouble getting work. For example the brassy Iris Adrian, a little older and heftier, but still full of sass.

But the film really belongs to Conway and Knotts. Conway is the Laurel like figure in the partnership, dumb and he knows it. But he has for a partner Knotts who like Oliver Hardy is full of grand schemes who when they blow up in his face will always blame is hapless partner. But in point of fact Knotts is just a bad planner.

The Apple Dumpling Gang spawned a sequel in The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again where Knotts and Conway have even more hysterical misadventures. This one however and its successor are some of the best films Disney Studios made in the Seventies.

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