The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977) starring Tim Conway, Will Geer
Synopsis of The Billion Dollar Hobo
In The Billion Dollar Hobo, a helpless klutz bumbles his way through a disaster-filled life. Suddenly he is informed that he is the only living relative of a multimillionaire. In order to take over his wealth, he has to become a hobo.
Editorial review of The Billion Dollar Hobo courtesy of Amazon.com
Funnyman Tim Conway (“The Carol Burnett Show“) stumbles and bumbles through one misstep after another on his way to collecting a billion-dollar fortune in this lovable family comedy that co-stars Will Geer (“The Waltons“). Funny, outrageous and packed with adventure, it’s a racing locomotive of laughs! Vernon Praiseworthy (Conway) is a helpless klutz who can’t hold a job. But his luck suddenly changes when he discovers he’s the only living relative of a billionaire (Geer) and will inherit the family fortune if he can prove his worth by crossing the country as a hobo. Sounds easy enough, until Vernon takes the wrong train and lands in the middle of a kooky canine kidnap caper that could derail his dreams and put him and his pooch in the pokey!
Dear God — starring Greg Kinnear, Tim Conway, Laurie Metcalf, Hector Elizondo
I have to admit being pleasantly surprised by Dear God. Originally, I was only going to review it for completeness’ sake, as part of the Tim Conway reviews. I picked it up at my local Wal-Mart for only $4.00, and figured that even a little bit of Tim Conway was worth $4.00, even if the rest of the movie was a waste. It wasn’t, for several reasons. (more…)
The Prize Fighter, co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts
The Prize Fighter is a very funny, very sweet comedy. Set in Depression-era America, Tim Conway stars as Bags Collins who has a perfect record as a boxer – twenty fights, twenty knockouts—and twenty losses. His manager, Shakes, is the ‘brains’ of the team, played by Don Knotts. (more…)
The Private Eyes (1980), co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts
Don Knotts and Tim Conway co-star in The Private Eyes – a silly little comedy where they spoof the murder mystery in general, and Sherlock Holmes in particular. Called from Scotland Yard, Inspector Winthrop (played by Don Knotts), and his bumbling assistant Dr. Tart (played with mindless abandon by Tim Conway) to solve the murder of Lord Morely, the plot begins to resemble “Ten Little Indians” as people are killed off, one by one, with a not-quite-rhyming note left behind by the murderer. (more…)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Harry Morgan
In The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Amos and Theodore (Tim Conway and Don Knotts) the two bumbling outlaw wannabees from The Apple Dumpling Gang are back. They are trying to make it on their own. When they arrive at the town they are going to, all sorts of things go awry. They accidentally subdue the town’s legendary lawman, Wooly Bill Hitchcock thus enraging him into tracking them down. They also are accused of bank robbery. And they “enlist” in the army, and burn down the fort. Amid all this the army is besieged by someone stealing their supplies. (more…)
Walt Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang, starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby, Susan Clark – DVD review
Many people who were children during 1975 will remember Walt Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang with fondness. The basic plot involves three orphans, who become the responsibility of Russell Donovan (played by Bill Bixby). He’s a bachelor and small-time con artist who wants nothing more than to be free of them. After spending time trying to foist the children upon someone else, it’s found out that they own the deed to a gold mine, formerly thought to be worthless, but that produced a sizable nugget of gold after an earthquake.
Now the townspeople are interested in the children, including a pair of inept thieves, played hilariously by Don Knotts and Tim Conway. The only person who truly cares for the children (besides Donovan, who’s slowly growing attached to the “three little swindlers” ) is Magnolia “Dusty” Clydesdale (Susan Clark), the inevitable love interest.
So, how does the movie hold up after 30 years? Surprisingly well! Don Knotts and Tim Conway remain two of the funniest screen clowns, playing dim-witted buffoons well. The romance drags a little, and the children are perhaps too cute, but it’s well worth watching. Another point in its favor is the portrayal by Harry Morgan as an old West Sheriff and Judge, funny in the extreme.(more…)
Tim Conway, aka. Thomas Daniel Conway was born on December 15, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio. In later years, to avoid confusion with an existing actor named “Tom Conway,” he changed his first name to Tim. Although born in Willoughby, he grew up in Chagrin Falls. (more…)