The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
|The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again|
|Directed by||Vincent McEveety|
|Produced by||Tom Leetch
Ron W. Miller
|Written by||Don Tait|
|Music by||Buddy Baker|
|Edited by||Gordon Brenner|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Running time||88 minutes|
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again is a 1979 sequel to the 1975 American family film The Apple Dumpling Gang starring the comedy duo of Tim Conway, and Don Knotts. Conway and Knotts reprise their roles as Amos and Theodore. The film also stars Tim Matheson, Harry Morgan, and Kenneth Mars. Laugh-In star Ruth Buzzi appears in a small cameo as a wild farsighted woman. Robert Totten, who directed installments of Gunsmoke, also had a small part in the film.
Amos (Conway) and Theodore (Knotts), the old bank robbers turned good guys, arrive in the "boom town" of Junction City, and cause havoc from the start. The duo – who had promised to go straight after the events of the first film – get into trouble when they are framed for robbery at the town bank. The robbers trick them into depositing their money, and then run off with it. The town's feared lawman, Marshal Wooly Bill Hitchcock (Mars), is determined to capture the gang and punish them for their crime, but when he catches Amos and Theodore at the bank and attempts to arrest them, their guns accidentally go off and hit Wooly Bill in the hands as witnesses look on. The accident not only makes Amos and Theodore the new "quick guns" in the town, but it makes the humiliated lawman even more determined to capture the "Apple Dumpling Gang" (as they are now called, since Theodore advised them not to use their own names in the new town.) Things get worse when their donkey Clarise (who joined them from the first film) shows up with the stolen money when the real bank robbers in a hurry put most of the money on her saddle. As they attempt to return it by swinging it from the roof of the building across from the building, the bags land on Wooly Bill and cause even more injuries to him.
To escape Hitchcock's vengeance, the pair enlist in the US Army, but after further bunglings and a run-in with the marshal they accidentally set fire to the fort. As a result of this, the fort commander Major Gaskill (Harry Morgan) loses his job and the Apple Dumplings are court martialled and sent to a military jail. This "jail" however turns out to be a cover for robber baron "Big Mac" (Jack Elam) who recruits Amos and Theodore as hired guns for a train robbery. Still determined to "go straight", the boys try to extricate themselves from the situation by dressing up as bar-room dance girls - a disguise which bizarrely fools even Big Mac himself. In the end, with the help of an army intelligence officer (Tim Matheson) who is posing as an enlisted soldier, and their former commander's daughter Millie (Elyssa Davalos), they foil the robbers and are given pardons.
- Tim Conway as Amos Tucker
- Don Knotts as Theodore Ogelvie
- Tim Matheson as Pvt. Jeff Reed
- Kenneth Mars as Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock
- Elyssa Davalos as Miss Milly Gaskill
- Jack Elam as Big Mack
- Robert Pine as Lt. Jim Ravencroft
- Harry Morgan as Maj. Gaskill (Milly's father)
- Ruth Buzzi as Old Tough Kate, aka 'Granny'
- Audrey Totter as Martha Osten (Blind Cabin Widow)
- Richard X. Slattery as Sgt. Slaughter (chief soldier)
- John Crawford as Sherick
- Ralph Manza as Little Guy
- Cliff Osmond as Wes Hardin (Bank robber)
- Ted Gehring as Hank Starrett (Bank robber)
- Morgan Paull as Corporal #1
The movie received a mixed reception.
- Canby, Vincent (1979-08-31). "Movie Review - The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again - Film: A Comic Romp In Apple Dumpling Land:A Kind of a Sequel - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
- Official website
- The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again at the Internet Movie Database
- The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again at the TCM Movie Database
- Don-Knotts.info review of The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again