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The Fool Killer (1965)

 -  Drama  -  28 April 1965 (USA)
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12-year-old George Mellish, tired of beatings for both real and fancied misdeeds at the hands of his foster parents,runs away from home by hopping a freight train and lands somewhere east ... See full summary »

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Milo Bogardus
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Mr. Dodd
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Dirty Jim Jelliman
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Mrs. Dodd
Yvonne Gilbert ...
Janet
Charlotte Jones ...
Mrs. Ova Fanshawe
Arnold Moss ...
Reverend Spotts
Sindee Ann Richards ...
Blessing Angeline Fanshawe
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George Mellish
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12-year-old George Mellish, tired of beatings for both real and fancied misdeeds at the hands of his foster parents,runs away from home by hopping a freight train and lands somewhere east of the Mississippi River. The first person he meets is Dirty Jim Helliman who lives in a fantastically filthy hovel and with whom George feels a kindred spirit, both having "suffered" at the hands of a clean woman. It is (really dirty) Dirty Jim that tells George of the mythical, eight-foot bogey man called "The Fool Killer." George gets sick and Dirty Jim takes him to town where Mrs.Ova Faversham takes charge of the feverish boy. When Blessing Angeline, Mrs. Faversham's 10-year-old daughter, tells George that her mother intends to return him to his foster parents, George hits the road again. He meets Milo Bogardus, a young Civil War veteran, who has been robbed of his memory by a war wound, and is as lost in his own way as George. THey come upon a camp meeting, where the fanatical Reverend Spotts is... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A tie-in song "The Fool Killer" was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and recorded by Gene Pitney but not used on the soundtrack. See more »

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Version of Kraft Theatre: The Fool Killer (1956) See more »

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The Ballad of the Fool Killer
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Sung by David Houston
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A very good movie to watch for young and old alike
31 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a part of the filming of this movie.I appeared in at least one scene as an "extra" and was there for the filming of many other scenes.It was filmed on location in Knox County and Blount County in Tennessee in 1963 and premiered at Tennessee Theater in Knoxville TN in April 1965.The outside of Dirty Jim's house was filmed at my home place at Concord Tennessee.The cast did an excellent job.My rating is high for the cast.The plot is good but could have been handled a bit better in my opinion.Overall,this movie is worth seeing.This movie portrays a young boy befriending people while he is on his own and shows a scared but loving kid.


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