The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)

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My second film in the Disney Plus Binge is an old childhood favorite of mine.  I used to love Don Knotts and Tim Conway and I remember watching the movies starring The Apple Dumpling Gang in the theaters.

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again is the sequel to the original film and it brings us back into the bumbling and chaotic world of Otis and Theodore.

Amos and Theodore left the coziness of their friends home to make their mark on history and to find their own wealth.  Unfortunately for them, they immediately stumbled upon a bank robbery for which they were blamed.  Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock (Kenneth Mars), one of the fastest guns in the west, attempted to arrest the Apple Dumpling Gang only to have them accidentally out gun him.  This sent Hitchcock on a insane path to recapture Amos and Theodore.

The pair wound up in the army at a fort with Harry Morgan in charge.  Before too long, the slapstick of Amos and Theodore led to the fort being burned to the ground.

The way Amos and Theodore constantly wind up in trouble, despite their own intentions, carries the joke through the film.  Totally incompetent, the Apple Dumpling Gang still gains a reputation for their overcoming of Hitchcock.

Don Knotts and Tim Conway are experts in physical comedy and some of the stuff here, while not truly possible, is always fun.  The fact that these two idiots are as lovable as they are really endears them to the audience, while driving the other characters out fo their minds.

Most of the story is silly, and that is really the purpose of these films.  They are meant to highlight the skills of Knotts and Conway and they do that extremely well.  Sure the film is not ever going to be an award winner, but as a nice Saturday evening with the family, watching Disney +, well, you could do worse than The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.

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