Addie Loggins and Moses Pray in Paper Moon (1973)

Ryan and Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon. Paramount Pictures.

If you’re setting out to tell a sympathetic story about con artists, set it during the Great Depression so the audience understands they don’t have much choice but to pull off grubby cons. And make one of them an adorable kid.

Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon those narrative tricks and many more to make you fall in love with Moses Pray and Addie Loggins, who might — just might — be father and daughter, just like the actors who play them (Tatum and Ryan O’Neal, pictured in character).

O’Neal won Best Supporting Actress for the role, making her, at 10, the youngest Oscar winner.

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