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Hands down the best thing about Paper Moon is 9 year old Tatum O’Neal, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her efforts. And doing that in a movie starring fellow nominee Madeleine Kahn as Miss Trixie Delight is quite an achievement. Ms. O’Neal stars opposite her real life father Ryan O’Neal, who may or may not be her father on screen. Young Addie Loggins is orphaned with nobody to take care of her except some relatives in distant St. Louis. Travelling bible salesman/swindler Moses Pray shows up at the funeral, offers to take young Addie to her people, and they’re off. Cigarette smoking cussing Addie proves to be quite a help to her possible father’s penny-ante hijinks. The entrance of love interest for Moses Miss Trixie Delight causes the kid to scheme to break up the pair. A chance encounter with a bootlegger and his twin brother the sheriff triggers a madcap series of adventures and hair raising escapes. Shot on location in Kansas and Missouri in gorgeous black and white. Director Peter Bogdanovich and cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs evoke the stark and beautiful palette of the dustbowl. Contrast the look with the warmth and humanity of winning performances by a terrific cast and you have a cinematic triumph.