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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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SKIN GAME (Paul Bogart and, uncredited, Gordon Douglas, 1971) *** See more (12 total) »

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)

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)

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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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
SKIN GAME (Paul Bogart and, uncredited, Gordon Douglas, 1971) ***, 11 December 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Though highly rated in the Leonard Maltin Film Guide, this comic Western isn't as popular as star James Garner's two other genre spoofs – Burt Kennedy's SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (1969) and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER (1971) – but it's very much in the same vein.

For the record, Garner had earlier collaborated with Paul Bogart (even if Gordon Douglas seems to have been involved as well at some point) on MARLOWE (1969), a failed attempt at a noir revival (and on which I'm kind of lukewarm myself); incidentally, I've just taped another thriller by this director – MR. RICCO (1975), starring Dean Martin – off TCM U.K. Anyway, while I was disappointed that the version I acquired of SKIN GAME was panned-and-scanned, I was glad to have caught up with it, as the film proved ideal lightweight/entertaining fare for the Christmas season; the same is true of the film I followed it with – coincidentally another Western comedy revolving around sparring partners, Texas ACROSS THE RIVER (1966), with Dean Martin himself and Alain Delon.

This, in fact, has con-men Garner and Lou Gossett Jr. cleaning up small towns by having the two posing as master and slave – with the former purporting to sell the latter to the highest bidder and then have the black man run away to rejoin his pal (who, by this time, has already left)! This ruse has been kept up for quite some time (as seen in flashback) and it's garnered {sic} the duo a fair sum of money; however, things take a different turn when they run in, first, real slaves (which causes Gossett, born a free man, to rethink his situation) and, then, another con artist in Susan Clark (who targets Garner himself). Gossett even falls for a black girl who's to be sold at auction (where he too will be present) – so he asks Garner to buy her out of his share of the money…but the whole elaborate scheme is interrupted by the arrival of notorious anti-slavery crusader John Brown (played by Royal Dano)!

Furthermore, after Garner and Gossett make the mistake of returning to one of the towns they had already 'hit', the former lands in jail and the latter (along with his lady friend) is sold off as a slave for real by unscrupulous dealer Edward Asner to despotic Southerner Andrew Duggan. Surprisingly sprung from jail by Clark herself, Garner determines to save his ex-partner: they too take up disguise, this time as preacher and nurse, and start visiting Asner's clients one by one claiming a slave of theirs is actually a leper! By the time they reach Duggan's mansion, Gossett has befriended (or, rather, learned to control via his spouting of mumbo-jumbo!) a group of African slaves who subsequently go along with them when our heroes, with their respective women in tow, take off for Mexico. Incidentally, this sequence also contains the film's biggest laugh-out-loud moment as Gossett, all dressed up to wait at the family table, is fondled by one of Duggan's pubescent daughters – causing him to jump and drop the contents of his bowl!

While, as I said, the quality of the film's widescreen photography is somewhat compromised by the altered aspect ratio in this presentation (culled from a TV screening), David Shire's fine score retains all of its original impact – incidentally, being remarkably somber, it effectively counterpoints the breeziness generally on display.

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