Adapted from the novel, "Addie Pray" (1971) by Joe David Brown, PAPER MOON is the story of Moses Pray and Addie Loggins. With scenery reminiscent of "The Grapes of Wrath," the film is set in the depression-era Midwestern region of the United States. As the movie opens, we see a small group of mourners clustered at a graveside. Among the mourners is Addie, the dead woman's small daughter. Moses Pray -- ostensibly of the "Kansas Bible Company" -- approaches the group, as the service concludes, and two of the elderly women remark that the child bears some resemblance to him and asks if he might be related. "If ever a child needed kin, it's now," one lady says. With no knowledge of who her father is, Addie's only haven is her Aunt's home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Having identified himself as a "traveling man spreading the Lord's gospel in these troubled times," "Mose" is prevailed upon to deliver the helpless child to her Aunt since he's going that way, anyway. Addie, wise beyond her years... Written by
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Did You Know?
, a close friend of director Peter Bogdanovich
, did some uncredited consulting on the cinematography. It was Welles who suggested shooting black and white photography through a red filter, adding higher contrast to the images. See more
After Mose and Addie leave the hotel upon finding Trixie "cheating" with the desk clerk, they are driving in the rain. There is wind blowing Addie's hair and ribbon from the back, although the windows are clearly closed, as it is raining very heavily. See more
Judge me, oh Lord, for I have lost in mine integrity. I have trusted also in the Lord, therefore I shall not slide. Examine me, oh Lord, and prove me. Try my reins and my heart, for Thy loving kindness is before mine eyes, and I have walked in Thy truth.
Special thanks to the people in and around Hays, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri See more
References Steamboat Round the Bend
"Rock of Ages"
Music by Thomas Hastings
Words by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung a cappella by Jessie Lee Fulton
, James N. Harrell
and Lila Waters See more