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Peter Stone (screenplay)
Richard Alan Simmons (story)
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Release Date:
1 February 1972 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

James Garner ... Quincy

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jason (as Lou Gossett)

Susan Clark ... Ginger
Brenda Sykes ... Naomi

Edward Asner ... Plunkett

Andrew Duggan ... Calloway

Henry Jones ... Sam
Neva Patterson ... Mrs. Claggart

Parley Baer ... Mr. Claggart
George Tyne ... Bonner

Royal Dano ... John Brown

J. Pat O'Malley ... William
Joel Fluellen ... Abram
Napoleon Whiting ... Ned

Juanita Moore ... Viney

Dort Clark ... Pennypacker
Robert Foulk ... Sheriff
Athena Lorde ... Margaret
George Wallace ... Auctioneer
James McCallion ... Stanfil
Tracy Bogart ... Lizabeth
Mary Rings ... Emaline
Don Haggerty ... Speaker
Jason Wingreen ... 2nd Speaker
Sam Chew Jr. ... Courtney (as Sam Chew)
Al Checco ... Room Clerk
Jim Boles ... Auction Clerk
Paris Earl ... The Songhais (as Paris Nathan Earl)
Edward Lee McClain ... The Songhais
Eugene Smith ... The Songhais
Bill Terrell ... The Songhais
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alan Bailey ... Boy (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Drunk (uncredited)
Owen Bush ... Guard (uncredited)
Fred Carson ... Sam Bass (uncredited)
Luis Delgado ... (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Man in Saloon fight (uncredited)
Jon Gabrielson ... Courtney (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... First Bartender (uncredited)
William Henry ... (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... (uncredited)
Forrest Lewis ... Peter (uncredited)
Johnny Marlin ... (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Liveryman in Fair Shake (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Townsman at Auction (uncredited)
Michael B. Skinner ... Card Manipulator (uncredited)
Wanda Spell ... Naomi (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... (uncredited)
Claude Stroud ... Fred (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Listener to Speaker (uncredited)
Augustin Vallejo ... Bartender (uncredited)
Maria E. Vega ... Mexican Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Bogart 
Gordon Douglas (co-director) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Peter Stone (screenplay) (as Pierre Marton)

Richard Alan Simmons (story)

Produced by
Harry Keller .... producer
Meta Rosenberg .... executive producer
James Garner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Paul M. Heller .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography) (as Fred Koenekamp)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Casting by
James Martell (uncredited)
Jack Roberts (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal  (as Herman Blumenthal)
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Jack Petty .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherry Wilson .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hal Cline .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director (as Cliff Coleman)
Jack Cunningham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Barry Steinberg .... trainee director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master (uncredited)
Ward Preston .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ken Walker .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Faust .... sound
Ora Hudson .... sound boom (uncredited)
Gene Lloyd .... sound cable (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sharyn Bailey .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Rudy Doucette .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Clyde Hudkins Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
S.J. McGee .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Arnold .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mike Benson .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Glen Bird .... gaffer (uncredited)
Don Cady .... best boy (uncredited)
Millard Evans .... second grip (uncredited)
Reggie Jones .... key grip (uncredited)
Edward Morey III .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Barry Wexler .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tye Osward .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Thalia Phillips .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Michael S. McLean .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ed Dutton .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Mallo Savitt .... driver: James Garner (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Louise Benjamin .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... production secretary (uncredited)
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gordon Douglas .... fill-in director (uncredited)
Marge Henderson .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Corky Randall .... wrangler (uncredited)
Vernon White .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Harry Zubrinsky .... locations (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The 1,500th release in Warner Bros.'s history.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Garner's most Marverick-y role, 30 January 2010
Author: mgtbltp from upstate ny

OK finally got to watch this previously unavailable James Garner Western. It was directed by Paul Bogart who was basically a TV director and it really shows since the film doesn't quite use all of the advantages available to a cinematic endeavor. The only other film that I've seen that I know of directed by Bogart is another Garner vehicle based on Raymond Chandler's private eye character called "Marlowe" which I've seen and liked, but not in quite a while.

This film is probably the closest Garner ever gets in a film, that I've seen, to him reprising his Maverick persona when he his still young enough to pull it off, (he does so somewhat also, in the two Support Your Local... films with his cool wisecracking deliveries) but here he is actually playing a character Quincy Drew, who is a con man in the best Maverick Brothers tradition. The story circa (1857) deals with two con men Drew and Jason O'Rourke (Lou Gossett) a native of New Jersey, who we later discover met in a jail in Pennsylvania when O'Rourke was thrown into a cell next to Drew who was doing time for telling fortunes, its hilarious seeing Garner in a turban and fortune telling garb. They hit it off, and devise various different cons that they try out as a team until they hit on what they call the "Skin Game". This con consists of Garner riding into various Western border state towns Kansas, Missouri, etc., feigning poverty and as a result has to sell his best slave at an impromptu auction in the saloon, hotel, etc., etc. Susan Clark, plays a shady lady/pickpocket/con woman who targets the guys taking their money who eventually becomes Garners love interest. Ed Asner here, is in his villain period and he does a pretty good job as a slave catcher operating in the border area who eventually catches on to the con game. Gossett does a great job along with Garner & Clark.

The film is entertaining and plays it safe and cutesy, but it could have been a whole lot better with a more creative and daring director, its reminiscent of Eastwood's self produced Malpaso Production films in that respect, Cherokee Productions is Garner's company.

The what if's: If it would have shown Gossett & Garner's other various cons and how they stumbled upon the "Skin Game" con and had a better ending than the contrived one it does have it would been better.

I'll give it a 7-8/10 mostly for its Maverick nostalgia value. Its a shame its not on TV in rotation with other Westerns on the various movie channels but I think the frequent use of the "n" word probably is the cause of its not being so. Its almost as if the mainstream media has decided that that period of American History has been dealt with enough and can be swept into the closet.

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