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Fools' Parade (1971)

In 1935, after forty years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the twenty-five thousand dollars earned in jail, but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plans to defraud them.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Davis Grubb (novel), James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Mattie Appleyard
George Kennedy ... 'Doc' Council
Anne Baxter ... Cleo
Strother Martin ... Lee Cottrill
Kurt Russell ... Johnny Jesus
William Windom ... Roy K. Sizemore
Mike Kellin ... Steve Mystic
Katherine Cannon ... Chanty (as Kathy Cannon)
Morgan Paull ... Junior Kilfong
Robert Donner ... Willis Hubbard
David Huddleston ... Homer Grindstaff
Dort Clark ... Enoch Purdy
James Lee Barrett James Lee Barrett ... Sonny Boy
Kitty Jefferson Doepken Kitty Jefferson Doepken ... Clara
Dwight McConnell Dwight McConnell ... Station Master
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Storyline

When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met with great resistance from a corrupt prison official and the banker who issued Mattie the check. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Glory, W.Va., 1935. It wasn't exactly a parade. It wasn't a time for celebration. It was a time to run for your life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1971 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Gnadenlosen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth of five movies that Jimmy Stewart and George Kennedy made together. See more »

Goofs

When "Doc" Council stands over Junior and shoots him, his shotgun doesn't kick even one inch. Holding it like he did the gun should have kicked back quite hard. See more »

Quotes

Homer Grindstaff: Is this your way of stickin' up a bank?
Mattie Appleyard: Nope. No. No, I'm not a bank robber. I'm just an American that's come into a bank to cash a check.
Homer Grindstaff: I'll see you in hell, first!
Mattie Appleyard: Well that's very possible, Mr. Grindstaff. Very possible, indeed. And sooner than you think if you don't get me my money right quick!
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I saw this great movie as a kid, but never after that...
4 March 2006 | by walk_the_walkSee all my reviews

My Dad grew up in WV and took my brother and I to see this movie at the theater when it came out in 1971. It was a great film! I have waited for 35 years to see it again, with no luck.

The beginning of the movie was set and filmed in Moundsville, WV in the early 30s. Jimmy Stewart played a character with a glass eye, who had served some 30 or 40 years in prison and was headed to the WV capitol to cash his check for funds owed to him for his prison labors. The conflict in the movie is the evil warden type, played by George Kennedy, who is out to kill Stewart and his two buddies, one of which is played by Strother Martin. The Strother Martin character wants to open up his own grocery store with the help of the Jimmy Stewart character.

This is a wonderful film, somewhat similar in style to The Film Flam Man, and of the same vintage. I would love to get a copy of it, or see it again on TCM or another channel.

Could anyone guess why this movie has never been made available since its original release? I would sure like to know...


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