THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

FOOLS PARADE (1971)


All righty, time to catch up on some rather obscure movies we have watched but haven't posted about. And we start with Fools Parade (1971). This little-know film stars Jimmy Stewart as one of a trio of convicts, Matty Appleyard, who are about to be released from jail in a town called Glory, West Virginia in 1935 (the other two are played by Strother Martin and a young Kurt Russell). Seems that the state owes Appleyard $25,000 for 40 years of prison work! The three want to use the cash to open a general store, but the corrupt banker and prison guard captain are in cahoots to take that check back and kill all three. This offbeat comedic drama has an incredible cast (the above plus Anne Baxter, William Windom, Mike Kellin, David Huddleston) but a standout is George Kennedy, almost unrecognizable as the truly evil prison captain Doc Council. He sets up the film in its opening moments and Kennedy is as vile and evil as you can imagine. Stewart has a ball playing around with his character's false eye and this unknown film was an unexpected pleasure. Recommended. #111 of 2015.

TLA one-word review: entertaining