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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Jason (as Lou Gossett)
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Ginger
Brenda Sykes ...
Naomi
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Plunkett
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Calloway
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Sam
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Mrs. Claggart
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Mr. Claggart
George Tyne ...
Bonner
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William
Joel Fluellen ...
Abram
Napoleon Whiting ...
Ned
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Viney
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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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This Dude Gives You The Eye...While This Dude Gives You The Hustle! See more »


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1 February 1972 (Japan)  »

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James Garner regular, Burt Kennedy, was originally signed to direct. See more »

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(at around 37 mins) As Quincy is walking past Jason, who's up on a platform, there are power lines above their heads. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ed Asner/The Kinks (1984) See more »

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Could have been a great satire instead of a weak farce
30 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1971 film, "Skin Game," is a so-so comedy, Western and romance. The plot is preposterous, but that's OK in comedy. The trouble with this film is that it's not that funny. I'm not distinguishing the scenes of slavery and mistreatment of people. But these aren't handled right for a comedy. The filmmakers could have had a great film had they rewritten the script and made the plot a clear satire. But instead, we have a couple of guys conning various gullible and dumb Southerners.

The cast all are fine for their acting, but again, most of the attempts at humor fall flat. So, sans any real satire, this film comes off merely as a mild farce. Given that, it sends a message that crime is OK, so long as one steals from the gullible. Hmmm. Isn't that the ploy of most scams today? Too many people, especially older, get taken advantage of in this way. I'm sure they have a quite different idea about crime with comedy.

In order to make comedy work with sensitive subjects, it's got to be clear and obvious satire or very strong farce. This version of "Skin Game" doesn't have that. At best, it's a weak comedy of characters. And, so I suppose the film folks would just tell those sensitive to slavery, derisive stereotypes, stealing and other things in here to just not watch the movie. Better still, watch a great true satire or comedy with lines and antics to make one laugh.


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