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Skin Game (1971)

GP  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Western  |  1 February 1972 (Japan)
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In 1857, con man Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke swindle slave owners into buying Jason, who's a free man, and later share the profits when Jason escapes captivity.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason (as Lou Gossett)
Brenda Sykes ...
Neva Patterson ...
Mrs. Claggart
Mr. Claggart
George Tyne ...
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Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker, but it wasn't until they hit on the old skin game that they started to clean up. The game is simple. Jason, though born a free man in New Jersey, poses as Quincy's slave as the pair ride through Missouri and Kansas in 1857. Quincy picks a likely mark in each town, sells Jason to him for top money and rides out of town. Then Quincy and Jason get back together on the road to another town, because if Jason can't just run off after dark, Quincy finds a way to spring him loose. Written by Anonymous

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To market, to market, to sell your best friend, then split up the money and do it again. See more »


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1 February 1972 (Japan)  »

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El rey de los picaros  »

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The 1,500th release in Warner Bros.'s history. See more »


Susan Clark's character explains to Quincy that there is to be a vote whether Kansas will join the Union as a slave state like Missouri or a free state like Nebraska. Nebraska wasn't admitted to the Union until 1867, 6 years after Kansas. See more »


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The Funny Side of Slavery?
12 January 1999 | by (Williamstown, MA) – See all my reviews

Tries to create humor in the context of the old South, and actually succeeds to some extent. But it still rides old stereotypes.

There are worse movies you could see.

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