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Fool's Parade

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Original title
Fool's Parade
Running time
98 min.
United States United States
James Lee Barrett (Novel: Davis Grubb)
Henry Vars
Harry Stradling Jr.
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Columbia Pictures
Drama | 1930s. Melodrama
Synopsis / Plot
When an ex-con tries to open a general store, a corrupt prison official and banker try to get in the way. In 1935 Glory, West Virginia, convicts Mattie Appleyard, Lee Cottrill and young Johnny Jesus are freed from the penitentiary and escorted by brutish prison guard Dallas "Doc" Council to the local train station. There the three men plan to set out to the neighboring town of Stone Coal to jointly open a general store paid for by the twenty-five thousand dollars Mattie has earned over his forty years of hard labor. Unknown to the men, Council is in league with Glory banker Homer Grindstaff, who has been embezzling released prisoners' money for years.
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