Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again -- 1979
My Rating: 5 Stars
“Heh heh heh. Now that's what I call shootin'!”
Major Gaskill (Harry Morgan) is worried. Someone is raiding the US Calvary supply wagons and killing the drivers. From the looks of things, it appears that it's someone with inside information. Unless the raids stop, he will lose his post of command.
Meanwhile, Amos (Tim Conway) and Theodore (Don Knotts) land in a boom town with every intention of going straight after “terrorizing the west”. But as hard as they try, they can't seem to stay on the right side of the law. After the town bank is robbed, all the evidence points to them and the Sheriff can't wait to get his hands on them. Inadvertently, they shoot him and end up on the run again.
Due to a certain set of circumstances, they join the US Calvary (“You're spilling it!”) and accidentally blow the fort up... landing them straight in the stockade, with as many years as Major Gaskill can clap on them (thirty). While there, the two stumble into a gang of thieves who are planning a train robbery and since they've heard too much, they are given a choice of working with the gang or... well, you get the picture.
“Mac who? Fuzzy face. [pause] That Mac. [shoves Theodore in front] Prolly wants to talk to you.”
But this time, Theodore is determined that regardless of the cost, he is going to do the right thing and of course, Amos is always there beside him.
What I Liked:
1: Don Knotts and Tim Conway. They are hilarious together.
2: This movie is 99% clean.
3: In spite of all the laughs, there are some good morals taught in this film.
4: Who wouldn't like a film placed in the wild west with Don Knotts in it?
5: The mystery. I was a little surprised when I found out who the bad guy was.
6: Listening to my fifteen year old brother laugh over this film.
Things to Know:
1: Amos and Theodore disguise themselves as barmaids and one of the guys that ends up dancing with them makes some comment about them two going somewhere. It's funny but the implication is there.
If you like Don Knotts and a corny western, you'll love this film. Watch it when you're feeling blue. :-)
“Oh, I'm just another pretty face...”