Paper Moon (TV series)

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Paper Moon
Paper Moon television 1974.JPG
Jodie Foster and Christopher Connelly.
Genre Situation comedy
Written by Pamela Chais
Howard Fast
Starring Christopher Connelly
Jodie Foster
Theme music composer Harold Arlen
Billy Rose
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Anthony Wilson
Producer(s) Robert Stambler
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Production company(s) Paramount Network Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Monoaural
Original run September 12, 1974 – December 19, 1974
Chronology
Related shows Paper Moon

Paper Moon is a short-lived situation comedy which aired on ABC during the fall of 1974, starring Christopher Connelly and Jodie Foster in the roles of Moses Pray and his presumed daughter, Addie. The series is based on the 1973 Peter Bogdanovich film of the same name starring Ryan O'Neal and real-life daughter Tatum O'Neal,[1] which was based on Joe David Brown's 1971 novel entitled Addie Pray.

Synopsis[edit]

In the story line, the Prays, living in the American Midwest during the Great Depression, are determined to get rich by any questionable means necessary. Among other activities, Moses (sometimes called "Moze") fraudulently sells Bibles, claiming to be a representative of the non-existent "Dixie Bible Company." Addie’s late mother was a friend of Moses’s, and because Addie believes that she resembles Moses, she is therefore convinced that he is her father.[2]

Episodes[edit]

Produced by Paramount Television, the series aired at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday following ABC's The Odd Couple and opposite the last half-hours of NBC's Sierra, a Jack Webb adventure, and CBS's family drama, The Waltons, then in its third season. The series did not attract a steady audience and was cancelled after its first season of thirteen episodes.

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Settling" September 12, 1974 Tired of running, Addie convinces Moze to use his special method of getting $1,000 to buy a house so they can settle down.
1-2 "Second Prize" September 19, 1974 Moze enters Addie in a Shirley Temple look-alike contest and then makes sure she'll win second prize—a tune-up for their malfunctioning car.
1-3 "Imposter" September 26, 1974 Moze prepares Addie to impersonate the long-lost granddaughter of a wealthy, tough recluse, but the plan goes haywire and Moze meets his match.
1-4 "The Manly Art" October 3, 1974 Mad at Moze for losing all their money to a pool hustler, Addie enters him in a boxing match with a $100 prize after he brags about his ring prowess.
1-5 "Birthday" October 10, 1974 For her upcoming birthday, Addie tells Moze she'd like to "celebrate big"--to make a phone call to the President.
1-6 "Long Division" October 17, 1974 Addie and Moze pick up a well-educated drifter who is going to teach Addie arithmetic while Moze teaches him the con business.
1-7 "Old Time Relatives" October 24, 1974 Moze, inspired by lucrative collection receipts and love, decides that he and Addie will join the caravan of two sisters who conduct revival tent meetings.
1-8 "Harvest" October 31, 1974 Moze is conned into working as advance man for Buffalo Tillman's Harvesting Crews that he has been told will arrive the following day.
1-9 "Bonnie and Clyde" November 7, 1974 Moze disregards Addie's warning and is posing as advance man for Bonnie and Clyde when the notorious couple unexpectedly arrives on the scene.
1-10 "Visions of Las Vegas" November 21, 1974 Moze's eulogy at the funeral of Indiana Harry, who taught him the con, brings appreciative tears from Harry, alive and up to his old tricks.
1-11 "Who Is M.P. Sellers?" November 28, 1974 Addie tries to learn the identity of her biological father after she and Moze reach the town of Ophelia.
1-12 "Green Goods" December 12, 1974 Moze sees an opportunity to quadruple his and Addie's meager dollars when Mrs. Carson, a bootlegger's widow, pays him for a bible with gold certificates.
1-13 "Day Off" December 19, 1974 Addie takes time out to think about life and meets a remarkable teacher at the local schoolhouse while Moze is doing business at Harkley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York, 1997, pp. 640-641
  2. ^ Bellafante, Ginia. ""Paper Moon"". ’’The New York Times’’. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 

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