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The Apple Dumpling Gang

Rating:G
Genre:Comedy, Family, Western
Release Date:July 1, 1975
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Harry Morgan, John McGiver, Bill Bixby
Director:Norman Tokar
Producer:Bill Anderson
Writer:Jack M. Bickham, Don Tait
Distributor:Buena Vista

Description: 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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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