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The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Don Tait (screenplay), Jack M. Bickham (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Russel Donavan
Susan Clark ... Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
Don Knotts ... Theodore Ogelvie
Tim Conway ... Amos Tucker
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 Stacy Manning ... Celia Bradley
Dennis Fimple ... Rudy Hooks
Pepe Callahan Pepe Callahan ... Clemons
Iris Adrian ... Poker Polly
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Storyline

Three orphaned siblings are forced upon confirmed bachelor Donovan (Bill Bixby) in a nineteenth century boom town of Quake City, California. 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 (Tim Conway and Don Knott's). 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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Wanted: For chicanery, skulduggery, tomfoolery and habitual bungling! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Semmelknödelbande See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$36,853,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,853,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Goofy Scream: When Theodore Ogelvie (Don Knotts) and Amos Tucker (Tim Conway) fall from the ladder while trying to get onto the roof of the bank. See more »

Goofs

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

Sheriff Homer McCoy: If you need a haircut, Wintle, my barbershop's closed. If you're lookin' to sue somebody, my court's open every Tuesday. If you want the sheriff, I'm playin' poker. Deuces bet a dollar.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Yokel Chords (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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 fomlife777See 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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