The Apple Dumpling Gang
This Disney Western has a roving bachelor (Bill Bixby) getting saddled with three children and a wealth of trouble when the youngsters stumble upon a huge gold stash. They join forces with bumbling outlaws Theodore (Don Knotts) and Amos (Tim Conway) to fend off the greedy townspeople and soon find themselves facing a surly gang of sharpshooters, led by Frank Stillwell (Slim Pickens). John McGiver and Harry Morgan co-star.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 1.75:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; cast commentary; Goofy cartoon; retrospective featurette; Tim Conway interview; cowboy heroes featurette; Disney back lot featurette; 1975 studio album; production stills; cast and crew information; advertising gallery.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1975 Disney Western suffers from the stereotypes of its day, including a stereotypical portrayal of Asian people, and a condescending view of women. When Dusty gets married, she's no longer interested in running her father's business; She puts on a dress and stays home with the kids. There's also mild violence and danger that may frighten very young children, but it's mostly harmless.
- Sexual Content
- Donovan and Dusty kiss.
- Lots of slapstick violence, like Amos falling off a roof, the kids flying through town on an out-of-control gold mine cart, lots of chasing, crashing, and some explosions. There's a shoot-out at the end of the film in which some characters appear to be shot, but there's no blood and no one is seriously injured. Lots of people point guns at each other. Dusty throws things at Donovan and hits him with a pool stick. The Stillwell Gang kidnap the kids. Stillwell tries to strangle Donovan.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- There's lots of gambling, and Wintle abandons his kids. There's also a tiny community of Chinese people in the film yelling in Chinese and doing a lot of laundry. They are treated stereotypically and as scary characters meant to amuse kids. Some objectification of women: A character says that a man should never take another man's "wife, woman, or whiskey."
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Several characters smoke, including Donovan and Amos. A woman appears drunk and drops and breaks a beer bottle. Col. Clydesdale gets drunk.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it