Paper Moon (film)

1973 film by Peter Bogdanovich

Paper Moon is a 1973 film, set during the Great Depression, in which 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.

Directed by Peter Bogdnaovich. Written by Alvin Sargent, based on Joe David Brown's novel Addie Pray.
As P. T. Barnum put it, "There's a sucker born every minute."

Trixie Delight

  • [to Addie Loggins] Look, I don't want to wipe you out, and I don't want you wiping me out, you know? So I'm going to level with you, okay? Now, you see, with me, it's just a matter of time. I don't know why, but somehow I just don't manage to hold on real long. So, if you wait it out a little, it'll be over, you know? I mean, even if I want a fella, somehow or other I manage to get it screwed up. Maybe I'll get a new pair of shoes, nice dress, a few laughs. Times are hard. Now, if you fool around on the hill up here, then you don't get nothing. I don't get nothing, he don't get nothing. So how 'bout it, honey? Just for a little while, let old Trixie sit up front with her big tits.


Moze: Come on, we're ready. Come on, now.
Addie: I ain't ready.
Moze: Well, you don't look real busy with nothing, so you just come on down.
Addie: I ain't coming.
Moze: Now you listen here, child.
Addie: No, I won't listen here.
Moze: What the heck's up with you, then?
Addie: I wanna sit in front. And how come we ain't working no more?
Moze: 'Cause we're on vacation, that's why. And Miss Delight and me are sitting in front because we are two grown-ups, and that's where grown-ups do the sitting. And little children do not tell grown-ups what to do with their lives, you understand that?
Addie: Well, she ain't my grown-up, and I ain't planning no more to sit in the back. Not for no cow.
Moze: Will you keep your voice down. And Miss Delight ain't no cow. She's a proper woman. She has a high school diploma, and right now she's got to go to the bathroom, so you just get on down to the car.
Addie: She always has to go to the bathroom. She must have a bladder the size of a peanut. Well I ain't getting back in the car. Not 'til she gets out of it.


  • As P. T. Barnum put it, "There's a sucker born every minute."


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