Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: The Apple Dumpling Gang by Jack M Bickham

Sheriff Adam Bricker already had his hands full, with three gangs of outlaws camped outside town. But when he met the stagecoach to pick up a "package" from the east, his troubles really began.

The "package" turned out to be five fatherless kids and Adam knew he'd made the biggest mistake of his life. Turning his home over to a bunch of kids was one thing. But when they decided to help him track down criminals, the Apple Dumpling Gang turned the whole town upside down.

Head for cover! Don Knotts and Tim Conway are Wild West outlaws who can't hit the broad side of a barn -- but never miss when it comes to rounding up laughs! The hilarity begins when a roving bachelor (Bill Bixby) inherits three young orphans and a wealth of problems. When the youngsters stumble upon a huge golden nugget, they must fend off the greedy townspeople. So the kids join forces with the bumbling outlaws to stage a robbery of the gold. Little do they know a surly gang of sharpshooters plans to beat them to the draw! If you're aiming for fun, saddle up and head out with The Apple Dumpling Gang!

Release dates: July 1, 1975
Running time: 100 minutes

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

It's been a while since I have seen this film but it was always a favorite of my childhood.  A classic for children summer viewing.


Author Bio:
Jack Miles Bickham was an American author who wrote 75 published novels, of which two were made into movies, The Apple Dumpling Gang and Baker's Hawk. Jack Bickham was born September 2, 1930, in Columbus, Ohio. He was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma's H.H. Herbert School of Journalism in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1969 to 1972, associate professor from 1972 to 1979, and full professor in 1979. He directed the annual short course on professional writing from 1973 to 1990. Bickham received the rank of David Ross Boyd Professor, the highest honor the University can bestow for teaching excellence.



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