Mordecai Jones (George C. Scott) is a rural con artist (a 'flim-flam man') who takes on a young army deserter; Curley (Michael Sarrazin) as his protégé, and teaches him the tricks of the ... See full summary »
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J. Lee Thompson
Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.
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Legendary director John Ford's final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.
Mordecai Jones (George C. Scott) is a rural con artist (a 'flim-flam man') who takes on a young army deserter; Curley (Michael Sarrazin) as his protégé, and teaches him the tricks of the trade. Sheriff Slade (Harry Morgan) is in hot pursuit of the pair, and rich girl Bonnie Lee Packard (Sue Lyon) becomes romantically involved with Curley, and helps the fleeing duo stay one step ahead of the sheriff. The film features a great automobile chase for those who appreciate this kind of cinema hijinks. Screenplay by William Rose ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"). Written by
The joke phoney degree academic qualification that veteran confidence trickster Mordecai C. Jones (George C. Scott said he had was a "Masters of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing", which was abbreviated with the letters MBSCD. See more »
Near the end of the movie, when Curly pushes down on the dynamite plunger, it's heard spinning before he pushes it. See more »
This film has long been one of my favorites, and I think it's just a crime that this wonderful movie is not on DVD yet! I mean come on, this movie was no small time production. It boasted a big name, George C. Scott, as well as a few other well-known supporting players such as Harry Morgan (Col. Potter on "M*A*S*H"), Strother Martin ("What we got here is failure to communicate" from "Cool Hand Luke"), Jack Albertson ("Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Chico and the Man"), and Slim Pickens (who also appeared with Scott in "Dr. Stragelove").
The story is quite amusing and wonderfully crafted: A slick con man way up in his years takes a young army deserter under his wing to teach him the tricks of the confidence game. The young man-gone-AWOL at first is taken in by how easy it is to sucker people out of their belongings by having the right props and a perfectly rehearsed act. But he begins to have doubts about the illegal and dishonest ways of his aging con artist mentor and decides that a life on the run is just not for him.
All in all, the film is an incredible light-hearted comedy/adventure complimented by a great musical score by Jerry Goldsmith.
As for a DVD release, I wouldn't even complain if the disc had no special features on it (commentary tracks, theatrical trailer, etc.). Just a widescreen presentation for 16:9 televisions would be plenty enough for me. I hope when 20th Century Fox looks through their film vaults for potential DVD releases that they don't overlook this one!
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