Confusion abounds when Amos (Tim Conway) and Theodore (Don Knotts), incompetent outlaws trying to go straight, are mistakenly identified as bank-robbing desperadoes (while trying to deposit a cheque) in this shoddy Disney sequel to The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975).
The pair of bumbling bandits find themselves in trouble with a sheriff, the cavalry, Indians and a rival gang.
If ever there were outlaws that didn’t inspire fear, these were those outlaws.
Meanwhile, Private Jeff Reed (Tim Matheson) and his boss Major Gaskill (Harry Morgan) are in a spot of trouble because an evil Lieutenant wants to disrupt things at the nice, orderly cavalry fort they call home.
Thank goodness for Amos and Theodore who inadvertently save the day – but not before accidentally blowing up their fort.
Unfortunately, the comedy is limp and slow-paced, and while the sequel has fragments of the original cast, it has no real panache.
Conway and Knotts re-teamed for a few more comedy features, including The Private Eyes in 1980.
Private Jeff Reed
Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock
Lieutenant Jim Ravencroft
Richard X. Slattery