The Apple Dumpling Gang Movie Summary
In The Apple Dumpling Gang, Russel Donovan is a smooth talking man living in California during the post gold rush era ca. mid 1870s. He’s not a miner, but a pseudo respectable man that spends his nights gambling and drinking to make a living until he can move to New Orleans to open up his own saloon. First class too…red carpets, crystal chandeliers from Europe, two roulette tables, AND whores!
Donovan arrives in the boom town of Quake City, a town named after the earthquakes that frequent the area, as an overnight stay on his way to San Francisco. That night, however, trouble ensues when Donovan agrees to accept “some valuables” for $5 the next morning for John Wintle who has to rush out of town immediately to San Francisco on an emergency. Although Wintle duped Donovan once before in Santa Fe, NM, when he sold him the Marshal’s horse, Donovan agrees to do it because the money will allow him to raise the ante in the current card game he has going, and accepting “some valuables” seems simple enough, right?
The next day, when Donovan goes to get the delivery, he learns that the “valuables” are the Bradley children; a trio of orphans whose parents died back east, and Donovan now has to take care of them.read full summary
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