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Paper Moon (1973)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  9 May 1973 (USA)
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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

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Addie / Addie Loggins
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Deputy Hardin / Jess Hardin
P.J. Johnson ...
Imogene (as P. J. Johnson in closing credits)
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Miss Ollie
James N. Harrell ...
The Minister (as Jim Harrell)
Lila Waters ...
The Minister's Wife
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Mr. Robertson
Bob Young ...
Gas Station Attendant
Jack Saunders ...
Station Master
Jody Wilbur ...
Cafe Waitress
Liz Ross ...
Yvonne Harrison ...
Ed Reed ...
The Lawman (Bates' Home)
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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 MARK FLEETWOOD <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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As P.T. Barnum put it, "There's a sucker born every minute."

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The scene where Addie says, "I want my $200!" shows the Dream Theatre's marquee displaying Steamboat Round the Bend (1935) placing the film in 1935. See more »

Goofs

If you watch closely, when Addie is reading the obituary of Mr. Morgan, just above and below Mr. Morgan's are two obituaries, respectively, one Bessie Lees and one Oscar G. Olsen, both entering rest on April 28th, 1971. This film takes place in the mid-30's. Also worth noting, is some of the obituaries state San Francisco as the home of a few of the deceased. This film takes place throughout Kansas and Western Missouri. See more »

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[first lines]
The Minister: 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.
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Special thanks to the people in and around Hays, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri See more »

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Soundtracks

It's Only a Paper Moon
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose
Played during the opening credits and sung by an unspecified female
Performed by Paul Whiteman and Orchestra often in the score
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It seems slight at first, but with perfect finesse and beauty...a classic
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Paper Moon (1973)

Utterly charmed and charming. The story of a father and daughter--the actor and actress O'Neal--echoes the story in the story of a man and a little girl on the road. Yes, they scam and cheat, but they do it with relative innocence. And they are perfectly adorable. The magic between the two is partly good writing, and partly the ease that the two actors already have (or pretend to have) together.

And it's filmed with nostalgic black and white clarity, perfect in a way for the Depression era it portrays, but much more alive and clean than the deep brooding intensity of a real Depression story such as the 1940 Grapes of Wrath. But Peter Bogdanovich is no John Ford, and this is a different kind of tale, with the 1930s as backdrop to a more modern kind of relationship. It has enough subtlety and laughs to make it a classic and a joy. Nothing obviously deep, but yet it sinks in farther than you think.


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