The Apple Dumpling Gang

Synopsis: Three orphaned siblings are forced upon confirmed bachelor Donovan (Bixby) in a 19th century boom town of Quake City, CA. After an earthquake shakes the area, the children find a large gold nugget worth tens of thousands of dollars. But their newfound wealth is causing more problems than it's solving, so they agree to "give" the gold to two bumbling outlaws (Knotts & Conway). But they only way they can get the gold is to steal it from the bank vault where it's being held for safe keeping.
Director(s): Norman Tokar
Production: Buena Vista
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


what do you think, theodore?

he looks like a real

live one.come on!

all right!

get him with the rope!

huh? rope him!

well, throw it!

maybe we could head him

off at the pass. mm-hmm.

maybe we can do a

little better this time.

two of diamonds.

jack of diamonds.

three of diamonds.

queen of diamonds.

ace of diamonds.

ten of hearts.

well, how proud are you

of that ace, leonard?

ace bets a dollar. a dollar.

there was a time around here when a

jack high was worth a poke of gold.

i'm in. me too.

i'm folding. well, i'm in.

did the mines dry up? quake

of '65 pinched off the veins,

but the quake we had two years

ago finished us off for good.

hasn't been ten cents' worth of

gold taken out of quake city since.

ace, ten still high, leonard.

bet a dollar. i was wondering

about that name, quake city.

when you build a town on

top of the calaveras fault,

you can figure to get

shook up once in a while.

ten. me too. ain't

that bad, homer.

we've still got two fine

saloons, our own theater...

and the only hook and

ladder this side of chicago.

you planning to settle

down here, mr. donavan?

no, no, no. i'm working

my way to new orleans.

soon as i get a big enough stake,

i'm gonna open up my own place.

first class

too... red carpets,

crystal chandeliers from

europe, two roulette tables.

good evening, gents.


if you need a haircut,

wintle, my barbershop's closed.

if you're lookin' to sue somebody,

my court's open every second tuesday.

if you want the sheriff, i'm

playin' poker. deuces bet a dollar.

no, judge. it's just that i'm

leaving for san francisco tonight.

san francisco's loss

is quake city's gain.

leonard? the trouble is...

that i'm expecting some

valuables on tomorrow's stage,

and i can't be here

to pick them up.

me neither. oh. yes.

hmm. mayor sharpe?

got a council

meeting tomorrow.

i'm in. what kind

of valuables, john?

well, bless my

suspender buttons.

donavan! i haven't

seen you since, uh...

santa fe?

- right.

when you sold me

the marshal's horse?

right. i was just funnin', donavan.

- the marshal wasn't amused.

well, now, old friend, maybe

i can make it up to you.

two pairs bets two dollars.

like i say, i'm expecting valuables

on the stage. i'm in. like what?

oh, things a person

wouldn't leave lying

around without

somebody responsible...

like yourself... to

keep an eye on it.

there's a game

going on, wintle.

there's your two,

and raise you five.

you couldn't have hit an inside

straight again. i'll call ya.

if you'll claim them for me,

i'll make it worth your while,

besides repaying what i charged

you for the marshal's horse.

the mayor raised five.

it's just till i come back,

governor. are you in or not?

uh... here's five on

account, if you can use it.

i don't know how you

came by five dollars,

but i'll apply it to

your loan at the bank.

it's a deal? it's

a deal. i'm in.

thanks, donavan. thanks.

you won't forget?

- i won't forget.

thanks. all right,

let's see 'em.

hit it again!

- i don't believe that.

welcome to quake city, mr. donavan.

looks like luck's against you.

well, there's one good thing

about luck. it always changes,

and i've got a feeling that

mine is just around the corner.




well, they saddled up in boston,

still wet behind the ears??

and they made their way

across the wild frontier??

as they sought their

fame and fortune??

their legend up and sprang??

and they soon became

the apple dumpling gang??

and they called them

the apple dumpling gang??

it wasn't long

they'd been gone??

from the eastern shore??

people knew their name

from far and near??

they sure shook up quake city

some folks was out to hang??

all the riders of the

apple dumpling gang??

and they called them

the apple dumpling gang??

it wasn't jesse james

or old black bart??

for whom the posses rode??

even though there was a

price upon their heads??

it was celia

bobby and clovis??

the town folks up and sang??

'bout the threesome called

the apple dumpling gang??

and they called them

the apple dumpling gang??

and they called them the

apple dumpling gang????

well, here it is,

folks, quake city.

much obliged, ralph.

hotel's across the street. you

can get somethin' to eat there...

or at the hard times cafe.

and take your stuff

with you. there's two

bits charged for

packages stored overnight.

you got anything

broken in transit,

report it to the ticket office

tomorrow mornin' at 5:00.

excuse me. mornin',

dusty. my weeklies come?

mornin', sheriff. yeah,

they're in the mail pouch.

excuse me, but do you have

something for john wintle?

right in front of

you. oh, thank you.

not there in front of

you. therein front of you.

sign here. for what?

ain't you claimin' them

for wintle? i am not.

last night you said you was.

took five dollars in

advance, as i recall.

yes, but, uh, but that was

to pick up some valuables,

but not a bunch of

runny-nosed kids.

they're in good shape, mister,

just as good as when i got 'em.

now sign here. uh, pardon me.

may i speak to

anyone in authority?

how about the founder and

president of the line? perfect.

pa? you wanna hear

this feller out?

colonel t.r. clydesdale,

at your service, sir.

well, uh, colonel

clydesdale, sir,

uh, there appears to be...

an unfortunate misunderstanding

about the children.

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