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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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Homer Grindstaff
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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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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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October 1971 (Austria)  »

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Die Gnadenlosen  »

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(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The imitation glass eye that James Stewart wore throughout the movie caused sufficient discomfort to force him to work for no more than twenty minutes at a time. Once it was in place, filming had to begin immediately in order to maximize productivity. See more »

Goofs

When "Doc" Council stands over Junior and shoots him, his shotgun doesn't kick even one inch. Holding it like he did the gun should have kicked back quite hard. See more »

Quotes

Cleo: She died doing what my Ma did... what her Ma did. We been puttin' out for soldiers since 1776.
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I saw this great movie as a kid, but never after that...
4 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My Dad grew up in WV and took my brother and I to see this movie at the theater when it came out in 1971. It was a great film! I have waited for 35 years to see it again, with no luck.

The beginning of the movie was set and filmed in Moundsville, WV in the early 30s. Jimmy Stewart played a character with a glass eye, who had served some 30 or 40 years in prison and was headed to the WV capitol to cash his check for funds owed to him for his prison labors. The conflict in the movie is the evil warden type, played by George Kennedy, who is out to kill Stewart and his two buddies, one of which is played by Strother Martin. The Strother Martin character wants to open up his own grocery store with the help of the Jimmy Stewart character.

This is a wonderful film, somewhat similar in style to The Film Flam Man, and of the same vintage. I would love to get a copy of it, or see it again on TCM or another channel.

Could anyone guess why this movie has never been made available since its original release? I would sure like to know...


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