The Apple Dumpling Gang
Bill Bixby ■ Susan Clark ■ Don Knotts ■ Tim Conway
Three orphaned siblings are forced upon confirmed bachelor Donovan (Bixby) in a 19th century boom town of Quake City, CA. 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 (Knotts & Conway). 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.
This movie is the quintessential Disney live-action kids film. I think most of us grew up on The Apple Dumpling Gang. I first watched this movie as a kid back in the 90's, remember VHS tapes? I loved the movie then and now I drag it out whenever I want to feel like a kid again.
This hilarious western, or rather spoof on a western, has some laughs for the whole family, and features a lot of familiar faces from movies and TV.
Suspend credibility, grab some popcorn and the kids, and sit down to enjoy the silly antics of Theodore, Amos, and "three little swindlers."
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 ...Celia Bradley
Bend, Oregon, USA
Deschutes National Forest - Bend, Oregon, USA
Walt Disney's Golden Oak Ranch - Newhall, Calif., USA
Santa Clarita, California, USA
Los Padres National Forest - Goleta, California, USA
Stockton, California, USA
Theodore Ogelvie: You know something, Amos? The Lord poured your brains in with a teaspoon, and somebody joggled His arm. I keep trying to tell you we ain't got no lead to throw, and no powder to throw it with.
Celia Bradley: Mr. Donovan, I gotta go.
Russell Donovan: [beat] But you just went.
Celia Bradley: I gotta go again.
Russell Donovan: That's impossible! Go to sleep.
Celia Bradley: I'm gonna have a accident!
Donovan: Three 'widdle' kids? Three little swindlers, you mean.
[Dusty is trying to beat him up]
Donovan: Dusty, will you just let me say one word?
Dusty: That's it!
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