Im a Fool

DVD Release: January 10, 2006
Im a Fool


Traveling from town to town during the summer of 1919, young Andy (Ron Howard) has left his Ohio home in search of adventure and romance as a horse trainer on the country fair racing circuit. One day at the racetrack he meets the lovely Lucy. Ashamed of his occupation, Andy leads Lucy to believe he’s wealthy. Soon one deception leads to another until there is no way to tell Lucy the truth. The irony of the story is that Lucy and Andy have fallen deeply in love. As Andy dejectedly admits on his way out of town, all is lost because “I’m a Fool.”

Based on the Sherwood Anderson Classic.

Dove Review

Andy is a young man traveling around the country with Burt (a black man, as he was called in that time) from race track to race track taking care of the stables and horses. Andy narrates this story about the job, the times, his home and his opinions about the people at the track. But a day comes when he decides to put on the “airs” of the same class he complains about. He finds that trying to lead a life based on a lie is a fool’s life.

Based on a classic literary short story, this tale was shown on PBS Television. We award this film with the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 plus.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: Couple kisses; comment about boy being with a girl; sexual innuendo regarding "making hay."
Language: Comment about being a "white" boy and one about being a 'black" man.
Violence: None
Drugs: Men drinking, drunk and hung over; men smoking cigars.
Nudity: Painting on wall of saloon of naked lady
Other: Not telling the truth about one's self and life.


Company: Monterey Media
Writer: Teleplay Ron Cowen, based on the Sherwood Anderson classic
Director: NoelBlack
Producer: Robert Geller
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 38 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe