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The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Russel Donavan
... Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
... Theodore Ogelvie
... Amos Tucker
... Col. T.R. Clydesdale
... Frank Stillwell
... Homer McCoy
... Leonard Sharpe
... John Wintle
... Bobby Bradley
... Clovis Bradley
Stacy Manning ... Celia Bradley
... Rudy Hooks
Pepe Callahan ... Clemons
... 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 »

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Family | Comedy | Western

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1 July 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Semmelknödelbande  »

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$36,853,000
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Bixby and Harry Morgan worked with Elvis Presley. Harry Morgan worked with him in Frankie and Johnny (1966) and Bill Bixby worked with Elvis twice, in Clambake (1967) and Speedway (1968). 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

Donovan: [Donovan's been trying all day to pawn the orphans off on someone else] Ah, the lady of the house!
Mrs. Stockley: [drops her empty gin bottle and it shatters] Kids, yick!
Donovan: The children are marvelous about parties. They love parties themselves!
Mrs. Stockley: [to her husband as she drags him back inside and starts to close the door on him] Come on!
Donovan: If you'd just take one small look...
[she slams the door]
Bobby: Who was that?
Donovan: [flatly] That was the president of the garden club.
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Connections

Referenced in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place: Pilot (1998) See more »

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The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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One of Disney's best live-action films.
21 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of the best live-action Disney movies. A sweet story about misplaced children, an unwilling but good-intentioned gambler as a foster parent and two bumbling crooks as the comic foil. Bill Bixby, of "My Favorite Martian" and "The Hulk" fame, plays Russell Donovan, the roaming gambler who is unwittingly stuck with some "valuables." Tim Conway and Don Knotts, a little past their prime, play the hapless crooks known as the "Hash Knife Outfit." Susan Clark plays the tomboy stage coach driver who fills in as the kids mother. It also stars Harry Morgan as the town sheriff. Beautiful scenery, lots of action, comedy, and a fabulous saloon brawl that is the highlight of the film.


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