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?
Because Tatum O'Neal
was so young and had not acted before, Peter Bogdanovich
did not show her rushes of her performance, fearing that she would become self-conscious. See more
The camera crew's shadow can be seen as Mose, Trixie and Imogene leave the circus tent. 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
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
and Lew Brown
Performed by Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders
Vocal by Frank Luther
Sung a bit by Tatum O'Neal See more