Paper Moon, PAPER MOON (1973) HOOD ORNAMENT authentic Paramount movie prop Spinner RYAN O'NEAL TATUM

original movie prop

These are the original, film-used "spinner" hood ornament/radiator cap props used in Peter Bogdanovich's Oscar-winning film PAPER MOON (Paramount-1973).


Regularly seen throughout the film on the hood of con man Ryan O'Neal's various vehicles, these "propeller" hood ornaments were key props in the film. Setting the mood for most "traveling" scenes, O'Neal's hood ornament is featured repeatedly, shown spinning down the road in close-up point-of-view hood shots, 1920s/30s music blaring from the radio.  

These are the authentic, screen-used prop hood ornaments, found (quite by accident) during the deaccession of a very famous, now defunct Hollywood prop house, about 10 years ago. These ornaments 'break down' (literally come apart) for different configurations, used for different special effects in the film.

PAPER MOON is a classic film that starred father/daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal (who won an Oscar) as Mose and Addie Pray, John Hillerman and Madeline Kahn. the close-up of Ryan O'Neal (above right) is from the PAPER MOON DVD extras. --

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- Back Lot Charlie

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
celebrity: Ryan O'Neal (1)
movie: Paper Moon (1973)
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i also have a couple of questions on the break down looking for additional pictures [by nicknstink ]
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