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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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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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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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

Early on, the Sheriff states that Quake City was built on a fault line. Professor Lawson who first named the San Andreas Fault in 1895, did not identify it as running all the way through Southern California and for this to be the root cause of large-scale land movement causing quakes until 1906. Likewise, it seems stunningly unlikely that a local sheriff would have had leading-edge, technical knowledge of geological plate tectonics that would have been worthy of a PhD in this era. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: Clovis don't like to be touched.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: 'Family Guy' Through the Years (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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About the little girl, little known fact
14 October 2005 | by smonroe67See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and thought it was a pretty good one for kids. At the time, I really didn't know who Don Knotts or Tim Conway were. Bill Bixby and Susan Clark? Well, their names became "famous" later on down the road with "The Incredible Hulk" and "Webster". But anyways...

Celia Bradley a.k.a "Stacy Manning" is actually "Stacey Manning". They forgot to put the "e" in the credits and didn't bother to correct it. How would I know this? Because for awhile, I was childhood friends with her via the church I used to attend.

The reason her character "Celia" was always running off to the bathroom, was because Stacey had the flu and was constantly getting sick to her stomach. So they wrote in the "running off to the bathroom" scenario to explain/cover-up the situation.

When Stacey first told me she was in the movie, I didn't believe her. That is, till she showed me her scrapbook full of pictures of her on the set. She had lots of stories to tell.

She said that the "kids" were suppose to be in the sequel (of sorts) but that the "Disney" folks thought they had lost their "kids appeal" and weren't "cute" anymore.

This was the only film she ever made.

Stacey didn't grow up to be very tall. Standing at a mere 5ft (if even that). Always had a short haircut (sort of like Rosalyn what her face, the Olympic Figure Skater in the 80's).

I lost contact with Stacey, when she tried unsuccessfully (many times might I add) to steal my sisters then boyfriend (eventually husband of my sisters 4 beautiful sons and 1 daughter).

She was kind enough to invite us though to her wedding in the 90's (sometime) and the last I heard, she is still married, residing in Long Beach, California (where she has always lived) and raising a family of her own.


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