First up was the movie "Paper Moon" (We are not working through the list in any particular order). We read the back of the movie and laughed hysterically, "The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray, who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie Delight. Later, while attempting to square a $200 debt that Addie claims he owes her, Moses runs afoul of of a bootlegger (John Hillerman) and is nearly beaten to death by the criminal's twin-brother sheriff. Painfully pulling himself together, Moses gets Addie to her relatives, whereupon she adamantly refuses to leave his side."
The review: Epic! How have we not seen/heard of this movie before? It was AMAZING. We made our new favorite warm drink (Hot Cocoa with Sugar Free Hazelnut Coffee Mate) and started the flick. The black and white movie held the perfect mix of charm, wit, and a bushel of laughs. We rate this movie an A. Highly recommend it!
When Addie (who is wise beyond her 9 years) discovers that Mose is scamming widowed women by delivering unordered Bibles and charging exorbitant prices. He locates these women by going through the obituary colums of local papers.
It is really funny, because most of the movie takes place in Kansas and Missouri so there are many town names and landmarks like Dodge City. It is funny because Addie just steals your heart even though she is a smoking little nine year old who travels town to town making money in every dishonest way imaginable! It is great!
Movie Watching Extraordinaire,
Love and Prayers,