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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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Taglines:

First they blew into town... then they BLEW IT UP! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Apple Dumpling Gang 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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Did You Know?

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

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 Homer McCoy: Okay, everybody sit down and shut up!
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Soundtracks

The Apple Dumpling Gang
By Shane Tatum
Sung by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority
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Great Fun
14 April 2008 | by vagabondjonsonSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic family movie that kids can watch and enjoy and those of us who love the Tim Conway-Don Knotts combination will get our money's worth as well. I know the movie is about Bill Bixby and the kids but really, it's all about Conway and Knotts. They worked so well together that even if the rest of the movie was worthless, they made it incredible. If you watch the scenes with the two of them moving the ladder, you'd swear that all of that was storyboarded and choreographed, but according to Conway on the special edition DVD, they improvised all of it. The bit with Knotts drinking out of the beer glass and Conway trying to get a drink out of too is some of the greatest schtick in movie history. This is a great movie with a great cast including Slim Pickens and Harry Morgan and some of the finest character actors of the day. It's great and even if you don't like live-action Disney movies, you should still be able to appreciate the comic genius of Conway and Knotts.


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