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Director:
Writers:
William Rose (screenplay)
Guy Owen (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
29 September 1967 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Meet Mordecai Jones; Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing-Dealing!
Plot:
Mordecai Jones (George C. Scott) is a rural con artist (a 'flim flam man') who takes on a young army... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Greatest Con Man See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... Mordecai

Sue Lyon ... Bonnie Lee Packard

Harry Morgan ... Sheriff Slade

Jack Albertson ... Mr. Packard

Alice Ghostley ... Mrs. Packard

Albert Salmi ... Deputy Meshaw

Slim Pickens ... Jarvis Bates

Michael Sarrazin ... Curley

Strother Martin ... Lovick
George Mitchell ... Tetter

Woodrow Parfrey ... Super Market Manager
Jay Ose ... Second Fertilizer Man
Raymond Guth ... First Fertilizer Man (as Ray Guth)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jesse Baker ... Doodle Powell (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Deputy-Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Kershner 
 
Writing credits
William Rose (screenplay)

Guy Owen (based on a novel by)

Produced by
Lawrence Turman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink (film editor)
 
Casting by
Joe Scully (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Jack Martin Smith 
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert E. Smith)
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup
 
Production Management
Joseph E. Rickards .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
William Kissell .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Thomas Gark .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Jim Bullock .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Coleman D. Brandenburg .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tom Dittman .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom L. Dittman .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Alexander Gerens .... music copyist (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Nelson .... assistant to producer
Phill Norman .... titles: Cinefx
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"One Born Every Minute" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
104 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Vaughn Tobacco Warehouses in Lexington, Kentucky were converted to soundstages for interior shooting of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: On the rigged punchboard, none of the payoff positions that Curley memorizes coincide with his subsequent wins on the device.See more »
Quotes:
Curley:They catch us now, they gonna hang us!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Peyton Place" (1964)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Con Man, 22 March 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

George C. Scott's initial film performances were usually quite dark ones, such as the forceful District Attorney in ANATOMY OF A MURDER or the cynical billiard player manager in THE HUSTLER. In 1964 he showed that he could be hysterically funny and still a dark figure in the film DR. STRANGELOVE as General "Buck" Turgidson. Turgidson is able to suggest that a mistakenly ordered attack on the U.S.S.R. with nuclear weapons should be followed up by a real sneak attack to finish off the "Ruskies", but he is capable of also getting so carried away with his fascination and love of flying that he can picture the formation of the fliers on the mistaken attack as beautifully skillful and trained to avoid being shot down - until he realizes they have to be shot down. It was a wonderful performance, and showed that he had a great sense of timing and comic rhythm. But it was not until 1967 that Scott got a comedy role that was not so dark. So instead of being one of the madmen who cause the world to come to an end, he played Mordecai Jones, the ace con-man of the modern age, who shows his young disciple Curley how corrupt the world is.

Scott went to town here as the grifter, cheating the likes of Slim Pickens (with the found wallet trick) and Strother Martin with an expensive gambling game that Michael Sarrazin (Curley) learns how to play for the prizes. He also manages to make life difficult for Jack Albertson and Alice Ghostley, whose daughter (Sue Lyon)ends up romantically tied to Sarrazin. Finally there are the guardians of the law, Harry Morgan and Albert Salmi, always one step away from catching Scott and Sarrazin (listen to Morgan's ridiculous conclusion that the two grifters fled across a deep river with a special boat - you can never hear the word "amphibious" again without smiling). The film reaches a climax when Scott is accidentally captured. But will Sarrazin demonstrate he has learned enough about con-games from the master to rescue "Ole Mordecai"?

An entertaining comedy, and another worthy performance by Scott in his film career.

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