The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
Tim Conway and Don Knotts, mere supporting characters in the original Apple Dumpling Gang, are promoted to starring roles in the 1979 sequel The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Once more cast as clumsy, soft-hearted western outlaws, Conway and Knotts come to the rescue of cavalry private Tim Matheson. The villain, lieutenant Philip Pine, is undermining the authority of Matheson’s commander Harry Morgan, and Matheson wants to find out why. Featured performers include Jack Elam as Big Mac and Ruth Buzzi as Tough Kate.
This follow-up to “The Apple Dumpling Gang” has its moments, especially from the comedy team of Tim Conway and Don Knotts. To see them dance in drag in a saloon is a sight you will not soon forget. But overall, it is not as good as the first one. Sequels often aren’t as good as the original and this is the case here. The plot is a bit convoluted with several mini plots going on. However, the film is family friendly and many viewers will enjoy taking a peak at it. We approve it for all ages.