The Apple Dumpling Gang

Released 1975


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Norman Tokar
The Apple Dumpling Gang is the beloved 1975 family western comedy from Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Norman Tokar and featuring one of the premiere comedy teams of all time. Russel Donovan (Bill Bixby, The Incredible Hulk) comes to town looking for a poker game while on his way to New Orleans. Donovan is approach by an old friend and wants him to claim what's on the stage that belongs to him. Donovan agrees only to find that he's reasonable for three little kids. According to the local Sheriff Homer McCoy (Harry Morgan, High Noon),Donovan has to attend to these three little kids. 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 Theodore Ogelvie (Don Knotts, The Incredible Mr. Limpet) and Amos Tucker (Tim Conway, McHale's Navy, The Private Eyes). But they only way they can get the gold are to steal it from the bank vault where it's being held for safe keeping.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 78

    Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten

    This comic Disney Western is at its best when Don Knotts and Tim Conway are onscreen as the bumbling bandits who try to steal from a bunch of orphans. Few people remember anything ...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The story is simple and obvious, but it's told with a lot of energy, and the cast is jammed, with character actors doing their things.

  • 60

    Time Out

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

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Classics, Westerns, Military & War, Family Dramas