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The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 21 September 1967 (UK)
A rural con artist and an army deserter cheat the townsfolk and are aided by a rich gal who shields the fleeing duo from the wrath of the pursuing sheriff.


Irvin Kershner


William Rose (screenplay), Guy Owen (based on a novel by)
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Complete credited cast:
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 Jay Ose ... Second Fertilizer Man
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... First Fertilizer Man (as Ray Guth)


Mordecai Jones is a rural con artist (a 'flim-flam man') who takes on a young army deserter; Curley as his protege, and teaches him the tricks of the trade. Sheriff Slade is in hot pursuit of the pair, and rich girl Bonnie Lee Packard becomes romantically involved with Curley, and helps the fleeing duo stay one step ahead of the sheriff. Written by alfiehitchie

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Meet Mordecai Jones; Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Double-Dealing! See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The joke phoney degree academic qualification that veteran confidence trickster Mordecai C. Jones (George C. Scott) said he had was a "Masters of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing", which was abbreviated with the letters MBSCSDD. See more »


Near the end of the movie, when Curly pushes down on the dynamite plunger, it's heard spinning before he pushes it. See more »


Mordecai Jones: Educational Credits: "M.B.S., C.S., D.D. - Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing!"
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Referenced in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) See more »

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Question about the statue in front of the courthouse
24 May 2006 | by kufsu2See all my reviews

I would like to ask a question about the statue in front of the courthouse: Does anyone know who the person is that is represented by the statue in the scenes in front of the courthouse with Michael Sarrazin and Sue Lyon? I believe the courthouse is in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Would appreciate any information anyone would have. Saw the movie many years ago, but really enjoyed it. George C. Scott is good as he always was, plus I remember thinking that Michael Sarrazin and Sue Lyon were also good in their roles. It is a nice romantic movie for teens or really for anyone of any age. But it is probably pretty dated now, by today's standards.

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Release Date:

21 September 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flim Flam Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,845,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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