This month it was Jeff’s pick. Tessa nicely sat next to me for a little while.
We were both a little sad to hear of the recent death of Tim Conway. We grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show and Tim was one of the jewels that shone brightly. My, but he was funny. Impeccable timing and a straight face that delighted us for many years.
So, as to remember Tim Conway fondly we watched The Apple Dumpling Gang.
Synopsis: Three poor orphans are dumped into the lap of gambler Russell Donovan (Bill Bixby), and they discover they inherited a dead gold mine. It turns out the dead gold mine ain’t so dead and a huge gold nugget becomes the envy of many greedy undesirables. The kids decide to give their inheritance to a lovable outlaw duo, Theodore (Don Knotts) and Amos (Tim Conway). But there is only one problem — the gold is locked away in a bank vault. We end with the bad guys dealt with and the good guys on their way to their happily ever after.
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Amos Tucker: How much money do you figure that dude’s got in front of him?
Theodore Ogelvie: About 500.
Amos Tucker: 500? Wow! You know, that’ll be, uh, that’s 200 apiece!
Theodore: Amos, that’s the most humiliating thing that’s ever happened to me.
Amos: I know.
Theodore: Three bitty kids with shovels walk right into our hideout and get the drop on us.
Amos: I know.
Theodore: And you burnt my hand, Amos.
Amos: Well, I’m sorry about that.
Theodore: And you scorched a hole in my best shirt!
Amos: Well, I can fix that.
Theodore: Why did you tell me those three bitty kids were a posse?
Amos: Well, I thought I saw them hiding down there in the bushes.
Theodore: Oh, you couldn’t see through a barbed-wire fence!
Theodore: That head of yours wouldn’t hold straw!
Theodore: You couldn’t sell hacksaws in a jail!
Homer: I’ve never teamed two more unlikely prospects. You two go together like ice cream and whiskey.
Theodore: You know something, Amos? The Lord poured your brains in with a teaspoon, and somebody joggled His arm. I keep trying to tell you we ain’t got no lead to throw, and no powder to throw it with.
Russell Donovan: You always kiss like that?
Dusty: I’ve been saving up.
Frank Stillwell: If I ever get within shootin’ distance of that doggone Amos Tucker, he’s gonna have ‘winders’ where his ears was.
I noticed that the cover showed Don Knotts with Tim Conway and the three children who were in the movie but the real star was Bill Bixby but he was not pictured. Hmm. I wonder why.
It was predictably Disney from the 1970s but fun to watch.
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So next month I get to chose the movie. I will first need to decide on a theme.
There is a sequel “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again” or maybe just another Disney western or maybe a non-Disney western.
Or maybe another with Don Knotts “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” is a favourite.
Or maybe a movie with three orphans or a big gold nugget.
Or maybe I should find another movie with an apple dumpling theme – hmm, I will have to research that one.
Stay tuned for June.