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The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

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.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

William Rose (screenplay), Guy Owen (based on a novel by)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Flim-Flam Man is Flim-Fun! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flim Flam Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,845,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is no Cape Fear county but the Cape Fear area is in southeastern North Carolina. Source novelist Guy Owen, who wrote the book on which the film is based, is from this area. See more »

Goofs

In the car chase through town after hitting the watermelon trailer, Mordecai and Curley are being accosted by townspeople in the alley. Mordecai has his hat knocked off revealing dark hair with only the sides of his hair still gray. See more »

Quotes

Mordecai Jones: Son, you'd be amazed at the hundreds of satisfied students I've matriculated over the last 50 years!
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Connections

Features Peyton Place (1964) See more »

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The Greatest Con Man
22 March 2006 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

George C. Scott's initial film performances were usually quite dark ones, such as the forceful District Attorney in ANATOMY OF A MURDER or the cynical billiard player manager in THE HUSTLER. In 1964 he showed that he could be hysterically funny and still a dark figure in the film DR. STRANGELOVE as General "Buck" Turgidson. Turgidson is able to suggest that a mistakenly ordered attack on the U.S.S.R. with nuclear weapons should be followed up by a real sneak attack to finish off the "Ruskies", but he is capable of also getting so carried away with his fascination and love of flying that he can picture the formation of the fliers on the mistaken attack as beautifully skillful and trained to avoid being shot down - until he realizes they have to be shot down. It was a wonderful performance, and showed that he had a great sense of timing and comic rhythm. But it was not until 1967 that Scott got a comedy role that was not so dark. So instead of being one of the madmen who cause the world to come to an end, he played Mordecai Jones, the ace con-man of the modern age, who shows his young disciple Curley how corrupt the world is.

Scott went to town here as the grifter, cheating the likes of Slim Pickens (with the found wallet trick) and Strother Martin with an expensive gambling game that Michael Sarrazin (Curley) learns how to play for the prizes. He also manages to make life difficult for Jack Albertson and Alice Ghostley, whose daughter (Sue Lyon)ends up romantically tied to Sarrazin. Finally there are the guardians of the law, Harry Morgan and Albert Salmi, always one step away from catching Scott and Sarrazin (listen to Morgan's ridiculous conclusion that the two grifters fled across a deep river with a special boat - you can never hear the word "amphibious" again without smiling). The film reaches a climax when Scott is accidentally captured. But will Sarrazin demonstrate he has learned enough about con-games from the master to rescue "Ole Mordecai"?

An entertaining comedy, and another worthy performance by Scott in his film career.


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