Plot & Details
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.
- MPAA Rating: G
- Genre(s): Comedy,Family
- Run Time: 100min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/17/2007
- DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
- Director(s): Norman Tokar
- Starring: Bill Bixby , Susan Clark , Don Knotts , Tim Conway , David Wayne
- Themes: Marriages of Convenience,Orphans
- Keywords: gambling, gold, marriage, orphan, outlaw [Western], stagecoach, bad-guy, family, good-guy, home-alone, on-the-run