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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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Moses Pray
Addie Loggins
Trixie Delight
Deputy Hardin / Jess Hardin
Miss Ollie
James N. Harrell ...
The Minister (as Jim Harrell)
Lila Waters ...
The Minister's Wife
Mr. Robertson
Bob Young ...
Gas Station Attendant
Jack Saunders ...
Station Master
Jody Wilbur ...
Cafe Waitress
Liz Ross ...
The Widow Morgan - Pearl
Yvonne Harrison ...
The Widow Bates - Marie
The Lawman - Bates' Home
Dorothy Price ...
Ribbon Saleslady
Eleanor Bogart ...
The Widow Stanley - Elvira
Dorothy Forster ...
The Widow Huff - Edna
Lana Daniel ...
Moze's Girlfriend
Herschel Morris ...
The Barber
Salesgirl - $20 Bill
Store Manager
Harriet Ketchum ...
Store Customer
Desmond Dhooge ...
Cotton Candy Man
Kenneth Hughes ...
Harem Tent Barker
George Lillie ...
The Photographer
Floyd - Desk Clerk
Beau - Hardin's Deputy
Leroy's Father
Tandy Arnold ...
Leroy's Brother
Dennis Beden ...
Leroy's Brother
Vernon Schwanke ...
Leroy's Brother
2nd Deputy
Silver Mine Gentleman
Rose-Mary Rumbley ...
Aunt Billie (as Rosemary Rumbley)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Self on Radio Show (uncredited) (archiveSound)
Jeff Colyer ...
Extra (uncredited)
Fibber McGee (uncredited) (archiveSound)
Molly McGee (uncredited) (archiveSound)
Self on Jack Benny Radio Show (uncredited) (archiveSound)

Directed by

Peter Bogdanovich

Written by

Joe David Brown ... (novel "Addie Pray")
Alvin Sargent ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Peter Bogdanovich ... producer
Francis Ford Coppola ... executive producer (uncredited)
William Friedkin ... executive producer (uncredited)
Frank Marshall ... associate producer

Cinematography by

László Kovács ... director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)

Film Editing by

Verna Fields

Editorial Department

Rick Fields ... post-production assistant (as Richard Fields)
William Neel ... assistant editor

Casting By

Gary Chason

Production Design by

Polly Platt

Set Decoration by

John P. Austin ... (as John Austin)

Costume Design by

Polly Platt ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Dorothy Byrne ... hairdresser
Rolf Miller ... makeup

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jerry Ballew ... second assistant director
Gary Daigler ... assistant director trainee
Ray Gosnell Jr. ... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)

Art Department

George Lillie ... painter
Ed Shanley ... construction coordinator
James H. Spencer ... set designer (as James Spencer)
Mark Wade ... assistant prop man
Tony Wade ... prop master

Sound Department

William C. Carruth ... assistant sound editor (as Bill Carruth)
Les Fresholtz ... mixer
Richard Portman ... re-recording
Kay Rose ... sound editor
Frank E. Warner ... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Norman Webster ... boom man

Visual Effects by

Jack Harmon ... optical effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Richmond L. Aguilar ... gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
Bobby Byrne ... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Dick Colean ... assistant cameraman
George Hill ... key grip
Leonard Lookabaugh ... dolly grip
Lou Noto ... assistant cameraman (as Louis Noto)
Lawrence E. Peets ... best boy (as Larry Peets)
Paul Caven ... electrician (uncredited)
Jim Coe ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Pat Kelly ... costumer
Sandra Stewart ... costumer

Script and Continuity Department

Karen Hale Wookey ... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)

Transportation Department

Gil Casper ... driver: camera car
Clyde Harper ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

Selma Brown ... production secretary
Neil Canton ... production assistant
Rudi Fehr ... records from the collection of
Richard Waltzer ... production assistant
Mae Woods ... assistant to the producer
Ralph M. Leo ... production accountant (uncredited)


Jack Benny ... special thanks
The Blue Sky Boys ... special thanks
Hoagy Carmichael & His Orchestra ... special thanks (as Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra)
Bing Crosby ... special thanks
Ramona Darby ... special thanks
Jimmie Davis ... special thanks
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra ... special thanks
Peggy Healy ... special thanks
Jack Hylton and His Orchestra ... special thanks
Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders ... special thanks
Jim Jordan ... special thanks
Marian Jordan ... special thanks
Frank Luther ... special thanks
Enric Madriguera and Orchestra ... special thanks (as Enric Madriguera and His Orchestra)
Nat Gonella and His Georgians ... special thanks
Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra ... special thanks (as Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra)
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra ... special thanks (as Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra)
Dick Powell ... special thanks
Leo Reisman and His Orchestra ... special thanks
Larry Stewart ... special thanks
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... special thanks (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
Victor Young and His Orchestra ... special thanks
Don Wilson ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

Set in the midwest of the depression-era, Paper Moon follows Moses Pray and Addie Loggins - one a con artist, the other, the young girl who's the daughter of a woman who's just passed away. The pair meet when 'Mose' stops by the sparsely-attended funeral in Kansas of a woman he once knew (we never see her). In attendance, is the woman's young daughter, Addie, whom Moses agrees to transport to St Joseph, Mo -- for money, of course. Mose - an inveterate hustler, has been working ostensibly as a representative of the Kansas Bible Company - who picks his marks from the obits, and tries to sell - at exorbitant prices - the decedents' spouse the custom bible they'd previously ordered. Wise beyond her years, Addie picks up on Moses' grift, and very quickly, she and Mose become a team. Traveling from town to town, making money in every dishonest way imaginable, and looking for the ultimate score. The colorful characters they meet along the way make the film all the more interesting. One in particular - Miss Trixie Delight - an exotic dancer who Mose rescues from a traveling carnival and the girl who works for her, poor, suffering Imogene. Addie sees Miss Delight as a potential rival, and she concocts a plan with Imogene to free themselves of her. The film's peppered with regional dialogue, one of the most memorable line's uttered when Mose is forced to wrestle a backwoodsman in order to trade his new car for the hillbilly's battered old truck; "make him say calf-rope, Leroy!" one of the observers calls out. Paper Moon, directed by Peter Bogdonovich is adapted from the novel, "Addie Pray" (1971) by Joe David Brown. Written by MARK FLEETWOOD

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Taglines These aren't everyday people and this is no ordinary movie. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La barbe à papa (France)
  • Luna de papel (Spain)
  • Alghamar alvaraghi (Egypt, Arabic title)
  • 紙月亮 (Taiwan)
  • Χάρτινο φεγγάρι (Greece)
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  • 102 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Tatum O'Neal was ten years old when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this movie, making her the youngest person ever to win an Oscar in a competitive category. As of 2020, she still holds this record. She was four years younger than her rival nominee, Linda Blair, in The Exorcist (1973). See more »
Goofs Fibber McGee's famous "closet gag", so anticipated by Addie while listening to the radio, didn't start until 1940. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Soundtracks It's Only a Paper Moon See more »
Crazy Credits Special thanks to the people in and around Hays, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri See more »
Quotes Addie Loggins: I want my two hundred dollars.
Moses Pray: I don't have your two hundred dollars no more and you know it.
Addie Loggins: If you don't give me my two hundred dollars I'm gonna tell a policeman how you got it and he'll make you give it to me because it's mine.
Moses Pray: But I don't have it!
Addie Loggins: Then get it!
Cafe Waitress: [walks over after Moses slams his fist on the table] How we doin', Angel Pie? We gonna have a little dessert when we finish up our hot dog?
Addie Loggins: I don't know.
Cafe Waitress: What do you say, Daddy? Why don't we give Precious a little dessert if she eats her dog?
Moses Pray: Her name ain't Precious.
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