The Apple Dumpling Gang

1975

The Apple Dumpling Gang

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60%

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The Apple Dumpling Gang stars Bill Bixby as Russell Donovan, a slick frontier gambler. In Runyon-esque fashion, he is compelled to look after three precocious oprhaned kids. He can't handle the responsibilities alone, so he agrees to an in-name-only marriage to hoydenish stagecoach driver, Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale (Susan Clark). Fortuitously, they discover that a mine belonging to the kids' late father is worth millions. This brings several disreputable characters into the storyline: bumbling "nice" bandits Theodore Ogelvie and Amos (Don Knotts and Tim Conway), and deadly "bad" bandits headed by Frank Stillwell (Slim Pickens). Based on a novel by Jack M. Bickham, The Apple Dumpling Gang was successful enough to spawn a sequel-not to mention several future screen teamings for Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

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Cast

Bill Bixby
as Russel Donovan
Susan Clark
as Magnolia `Dusty' Clydesdale
Don Knotts
as Theodore Ogelvie
David Wayne
as Col. T.R. Clydesdale
Slim Pickens
as Frank Stillwell
Harry Morgan
as Sheriff Homer McCoy
John McGiver
as Leonard Sharpe
Don Knight
as John Wintle
Dennis Fimple
as Rudy Hooks
Iris Adrian
as Poker Polly
Fran Ryan
as Mrs. Stockley
Bing Russell
as Herm Dally
James E. Brodhead
as The Mouthpiece
Jim Boles
as Easy Archie
Olan Soule
as Rube Cluck
Tom Waters
as Rowdy Joe Dover
Joshua Shelley
as Broadway Phil
Dick Winslow
as Slippery Kid
Bill Dunbar
as Fast Eddie
James Brodhead
as The Mouthpiece
Wally K. Berns
as Cheating Charley
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Critic Reviews for The Apple Dumpling Gang

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

  • The traditional ingredients of homely moralising, sentimentality and raucous slapstick are used sparingly, the dialogue is fairly bright, some visual gags are neatly executed.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Walt Disney started by making movies in which animated drawings played the parts of people or animals who stood for people. Later he turned to making movies in which people or animals play the parts of animated drawings.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Everytime I see one of these antiseptic Disney films, I'm reminded of the thrills and genuine artistry that went into the studio's films during its golden age in the 1940s and 1950s.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Rollicking Old West ride lassos some stereotypes.

    Dec 18, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A delightful cast of character actors helps the childish story, with Conway and Knotts beginning what would become a somewhat famous, but very simple-minded, film comedy duo.

    Mar 10, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Few people remember anything about this movie apart from the hilarity generated by this scene-stealing duo.

    Mar 10, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Apple Dumpling Gang

  • Sep 14, 2011
    The Apple Dumpling Gang is an innocent and innocuous Disney family film which doesn't have a whole lot to say and doesn't particularly care. It's concerned with being G rated fun with dopey, one dimensional characters acting like brain dead zombies rather than real people. Bill Bixby, rest his soul, plays his leading man part so completely over the top I'm not quite sure he ever really understands the type of film he's in. Susan Clark is a terrible stereotype of a "western town woman"...she's tough, looks like a man and can beat up the men without a second thought. That she has any maternal instincts is remarkable. The plot is mostly aimless, moving from one slapdash point to another with little sense of flow or logic. When Harry Morgan tells townspeople to shut up, it's a breath of fresh air that someone-anyone-is being truthful in the picture.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2010
    One of the best Disney movies of the decade. It's more of a family movie than just a kids movie. I especially loved Bixby in this movie, he's cute. This movie is fun, humourous, and exciting too, kids and adults will enjoy it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2007
    Funny, smart, good acting, and lots of fun for everyone! I highly reccomend seeing it!
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2007
    A classic Disney film. Very funny. Don Knotts and Tim Conway have great chemistry in this and both are very funny through out the film. One of my favorites when I was a child. The film is dated now but is still a fun watch. Great for the kids and the family.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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