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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As P.T. Barnum put it, "There's a sucker born every minute."
Did You Know?
Director Bogdanovich said that John Hillerman, playing both the bootlegger and his brother the Sheriff, had just a few weeks in the shooting schedule to lose the weight for the Sheriff role that he had deliberately put on in a short period of time prior to shooting the bootlegger's scenes. See more
Just before Mose takes Addie to the store for a hair ribbon, Mose and Addie are in a hotel room. As Mose passes by a small wall mirror you can see the shadow of a boom mic and an arm holding it. 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
It's Only a Paper Moon
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 See more