The Apple Dumpling Gang

1975 G 1h 40m DVD

The Apple Dumpling Gang

1975 G 1h 40m DVD
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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.
Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Harry Morgan, John McGiver, Bill Bixby, Don Knight, Susan Clark, David Wayne, Stacy Manning, Clay O'Brien, Slim Pickens, Dennis Fimple, Iris Adrian
Norman Tokar
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.75:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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