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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wound up making the film, despite his initial resistance, mainly because his estranged wife, Polly Platt
, felt he was ideally suited to the material, both on a pictorial and narrative level. Bogdanovich wanted Platt to serve as the film's production designer, but she refused at first, because of her husband's open affair with Cybill Shepherd
, whom he directed in The Last Picture Show
(1971). Platt acquiesced on the condition that Shepherd not be allowed to visit the Paper Moon set. See more
On several occasions throughout the picture, autos can be seen speeding away, with tires screeching as though on asphalt, even though the vehicles are almost always on dirt roads. 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
Referenced in Rewind This!
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