The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)




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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.
Comedy , Kids & Family , Western
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Bill Bixby
as Russel Donovan
Susan Clark
as Magnolia `Dusty' Clydesdale
Don Knotts
as Theodore Ogelvie
Tim Conway
as Amos
Brad Savage
as Clovis
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
Pepe Callahan
as Clemons
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
Dawn Little Sky
as Big Foot
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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Rollicking Old West ride lassos some stereotypes.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
TV Guide

Few people remember anything about this movie apart from the hilarity generated by this scene-stealing duo.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Apple Dumpling Gang

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


good old school family fun

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

cute family entertainment

jay nixon
jay nixon

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