The Apple Dumpling Gang

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975 Movie)

“The Apple Dumpling Gang” is a comedy Western film released in 1975, produced by Walt Disney Productions. Directed by Norman Tokar, the film stars Don Knotts and Tim Conway as two bumbling crooks who inadvertently become the guardians of three orphans.

The story revolves around Theodore Ogelvie (Don Knotts) and Amos Tucker (Tim Conway), two small-time crooks looking to strike it rich in the Old West. They accidentally come across a stagecoach robbery and, in the process, inherit a sack of gold nuggets from the robbers. Unbeknownst to them, the outlaws stash the money in a hotel room while being pursued by the law.

Theodore and Amos, believing they struck gold, leave town to hide from the authorities. Along the way, they encounter three orphans named Bobby, Clovis, and Celia, who were left behind after their parents’ deaths. The orphans have a map that leads to the hidden gold, and the two crooks become their unlikely guardians.

As they embark on their journey, Theodore and Amos must navigate the challenges of taking care of the children while attempting to keep the gold hidden. Along the way, they face a series of comedic mishaps and adventures, leading to hilarious and heartwarming moments.

“The Apple Dumpling Gang” was well-received by audiences and critics alike. Don Knotts and Tim Conway’s comedic chemistry and their slapstick humor were praised for adding to the film’s charm. The movie’s family-friendly nature and wholesome storytelling made it a hit among families and children.

The success of “The Apple Dumpling Gang” led to a sequel titled “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again” in 1979, which also starred Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

Today, “The Apple Dumpling Gang” remains a beloved classic in Disney’s filmography, cherished by generations of viewers. It is remembered as a heartwarming and entertaining family film that showcases the comedic talents of its leading actors and captures the spirit of adventure in the Old West.

Fun Facts

  • “The Apple Dumpling Gang” is a 1975 live-action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is known for its lighthearted humor and Western setting, making it a family-friendly classic.
  • The film stars Don Knotts and Tim Conway as a bumbling duo, Theodore and Amos, who accidentally become the guardians of three orphaned children and inadvertently become outlaws. Don Knotts and Tim Conway’s comedic chemistry adds to the film’s charm.
  • “The Apple Dumpling Gang” was successful at the box office and led to a sequel, “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again,” released in 1979. The combination of slapstick comedy, memorable characters, and the Wild West backdrop made it a beloved Disney film for many fans.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $36.8 million
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  • Bill Bixby: Russell Donovan
  • Susan Clark: Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
  • Don Knotts: Theodore Ogelvie
  • Tim Conway: Amos Tucker
  • David Wayne: Col. T.R. Clydesdale
  • Slim Pickens: Frank Stillwell
  • Harry Morgan: Homer McCoy
  • John McGiver: Leonard Sharpe
  • Don Knight: John Wintle
  • Clay O’Brien: Bobby Bradley
  • Brad Savage: Clovis Bradley
  • Stacy Manning: Celia Bradley
  • Dennis Fimple: Rudy Hooks
  • Pepe Callahan: Clemons
  • Iris Adrian: Poker Polly
  • Fran Ryan: Mrs. Stockley
  • Bing Russell: Herm Dally
  • James E. Brodhead: The Mouthpiece
  • Jim Boles: Easy Archie
  • Olan Soule: Rube Cluck
  • Tom Waters: Rowdy Joe Dover
  • Dawn Little Sky: Big Foot
  • Joshua Shelley: Broadway Phil
  • Richard Lee-Sung: Oh So
  • Arthur Wong: No So
  • Dick Winslow: Slippery Sid
  • Bill Dunbar: Fast Eddie
  • Wally Berns: Cheating Charley


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producer: Bill Anderson
  • Music: Buddy Baker

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