The Apple Dumpling Gang
Synopsis of Movie
They were Dumb and Dumber decades before Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and to a kid growing up in the 1970’s, they were comedy gods: Don Knotts and Tim Conway, the bumbling comic team that starred together in several 70’s and early 80’s comedies (and built successful solo careers as well). The Apple Dumpling Gang marked the first time the two had worked together on the big screen, a live-action comedy for then-struggling Dinsey.
Old West gambler Russell Donovan wins more than he bargained for when he’s forced to care for three rambunctious kids. Looking for help, he arranges a convenience marriage to spunky stage driver Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale. The kids prove they may be worth more than it first seemed when gold is discovered in a mine they inherited. A discovery like this can’t go unnoticed for long, and soon the gold-crazy townspeople are converging on the site.
Knotts and Conway play Theodore Ogelvie and Amos Tucker, incompetent outlaws with eyes on the gold but soft spots in their hearts for the kids. When rotten-to-the-core bandit Frank Stillwell and his gang show up, Theodore and Amos side with the kids, leading to a slapstick showdown.
The antics hit big with audiences, leading to a 1979 sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, and more Knotts/Conway team-ups.
Movie Release History1975 - The Apple Dumpling Gang
1979 - The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
Movie Sub Categorieslive-action
CastBill Bixby Russel Donavan
Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale Susan Clark
Theodore Ogelvie Don Knotts
Amos Tucker Tim Conway
Col. J.R. Clydesdale David Wayne
Frank Stillwell Slim Pickens
Homer McCoy Harry Morgan
Leonard Sharpe John McGiver
John Wintle Don Knight
Bobby Bradley Clay O'Brien
Clovis Bradley Brad Savage
Celia Bradley Stacy Manning
Rudy Hooks Dennis Fimple
Clemons Pepe Callahan
Poker Polly Iris Adrian