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Fools' Parade (1971)

In 1935, after 40 years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the 25 thousand dollars earned in jail but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plan to defraud them.

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'Doc' Council
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Cleo
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Lee Cottrill
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Johnny Jesus
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Roy K. Sizemore
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Steve Mystic
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Chanty (as Kathy Cannon)
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Junior Kilfong
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Willis Hubbard
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Enoch Purdy
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Sonny Boy
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Clara
Dwight McConnell ...
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Storyline

When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met with great resistance from a corrupt prison official and the banker who issued Mattie the check. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Every greedy gun-toter in the hills is after this fool and his money! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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October 1971 (Austria)  »

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Die Gnadenlosen  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in Moundsville, West Virginia, which was the hometown of Davis Grubb, author of the novel. See more »

Goofs

When Homer Grindstaff is supposed to be locking the bank door early in the movie, the key is clearly not even in the lock. He is merely making a gesture by fiddling with the key. See more »

Quotes

Homer Grindstaff: Is this your way of stickin' up a bank?
Mattie Appleyard: Nope. No. No, I'm not a bank robber. I'm just an American that's come into a bank to cash a check.
Homer Grindstaff: I'll see you in hell, first!
Mattie Appleyard: Well that's very possible, Mr. Grindstaff. Very possible, indeed. And sooner than you think if you don't get me my money right quick!
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References Ridin' for Justice (1932) See more »

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21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has been since the early 70's and as a young teenager since I have seen this movie, but will always remember it and be in my heart also. You see I was born in W. Virgina at the location this movie was filmed (at least parts of it). Without taking from a great movie and great stars in it (Jimmy can do no wrong),I enjoyed seeing the different and familiar locations and knowledge of what they were then and to what they are presently, you would be surprised. The prison during the filming was in full use then, but now it is closed with tours in it. The railroad station is there still but with houses and trailers around it and a huge bridge crossing the Ohio river almost over top of it now A very good movie, funny and great acting, this movie is on my mind very often and wish I someday can get a copy of this, it would be in my top 5 for sure


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