Fools' Parade Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jimmy Stewart, George Kennedy

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Fools' Parade

During the Great Depression, Mattie Appleyard (Stewart), Lee Cottrill (Strother Martin) and Johnny Jesus (Kurt Russell) are released from a West Virginia prison. For his 40 years of work while incarcerated, Appleyard is given a check for the then-stupendous sum of $25,452.32. That is too much of a temptation for the prison's already crooked boss, Captain Council (Kennedy).
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He and two henchmen frame Appleyard for a cold-blooded murder committed by Council. During the ensuing chase, Appleyard figures out a way to cash the check at the bank that issued it, and Johnny acquires a sixteen-year-old girlfriend (whose virginity was priced at $100 by a madam). In the final confrontation, the fugitives are trapped in an isolated farmhouse. Council guns down his own accomplices so he won't have to share the money, then starts firing at the house. Fortunately, those inside have some dynamite, which they use to blow him up.
Best part of story, including ending: It's a nice little period caper that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Best scene in story: Appleyard walks into the bank with sticks of dynamite wrapped around his body to ensure he gets to leave with his money.

Opinion about the main character: It's Jimmy Stewart, doing his patented, homespun, wise old man bit, and doing it well.

The review of this Movie prepared by J. Lee a Level 10 Peregrine Falcon scholar

Script Analysis of Fools' Parade

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 70%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals portrayed sympathetically on the run

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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