Apple Dumpling Gang

Apple Dumpling Gang

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Director: Norman Tokar

Cast: Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts

     
 

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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 discoverSee more details below

Overview

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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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of Disney's surest hands, Norman Tokar (Big Red, Savage Sam, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit), directed this 1975 live-action western comedy that remains one of the golden nuggets in the Disney mines. Bill Bixby stars as Donovan, a gambler who unwittingly becomes the very reluctant guardian of three "runny-nosed kids" who happen to possess the deed to a supposedly worthless gold mine. Don Knotts and Tim Conway are fortuitously teamed as Theodore and Otis, two hapless crooks who effortlessly steal every scene they're in. The able supporting cast includes some welcome familiar faces, including a buckskin-clad Susan Oliver as the love interest, Harry Morgan as the town barber/sheriff/judge, and Slim Pickens as a bank robber. Unjaded younger viewers will treasure this G-rated comedy. Like the film itself, the audio commentary contained on the disc really comes to life whenever Conway and Knotts pop up.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/1994
UPC:
0012257018035
Original Release:
1975

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Bixby Russel Donavan
Susan Clark Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
Don Knotts Theodore Ogelvie
Tim Conway Amos
David Wayne Col. T.R. Cyldesdale
Slim Pickens Frank Stillwell
John McGiver Leonard Sharpe
Don Knight John Wintle
Clay O'Brien Bobby Bradley
Brad Savage Clovis Bradley
Stacy Manning Celia Bradley
Harry Morgan Homer McCoy
Olan Soule Rube Cluck
Tom Waters Rowdy Joe Dover
Dawn Little Sky Big Foot
Dennis Fimple Rudy Hooks
Pepe Callahan Clemons
Iris Adrian Poker Polly
Fran Ryan Mrs. Stockley
Bing Russell Herm Dally
Jim Boles Easy Archie
Joshua Shelley Broadway Phil
Richard Lee-Sung Oh So
Arthur Wong No S'o
Dick Winslow Slippery Kid
James Brodhead The Mouthpiece
Wally K. Berns Cheating Charley
Bill Dunbar Fast Eddie Card Dealer

Technical Credits
Norman Tokar Director
Bill Anderson Producer
Buddy Baker Score Composer
Raymond A. de Leuw Editor
Ronald R. Grow Asst. Director
John Mansbridge Art Director
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Frank C. Regula Sound/Sound Designer
Don Tait Screenwriter
Herb Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Tyler Art Director
Jesse Wayne Stunts

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