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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.

Directors:

Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas (co-director) (uncredited)

Writers:

Peter Stone (screenplay) (as Pierre Marton), Richard Alan Simmons (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Joel Fluellen ... Abram
Napoleon Whiting ... Ned
Juanita Moore ... Viney
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Storyline

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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To market, to market, to sell your best friend, then split up the money and do it again. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de los picaros See more »

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Production Co:

Cherokee Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Universal Pictures originally bought the screenplay in 1964. See more »

Goofs

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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Spoofed in The Frighteners (1996) See more »

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Two pros at the top of their game
18 March 2003 | by mbredeckSee all my reviews

James Garner's cowboy con man character familiarized to us as Bret Maverick and Latigo Smith ("Support Your Local Gunfighter" was filmed the same year) is in full bloom here as Quincy Drew in this classic, modest buddy movie done to a "T." Paul Bogart (who also directed Garner in "Marlowe" two years earlier) directs with a sure hand, with Lou Gossett is excellent as Quincy's partner and amicable rival. Realistically set, made with confidence and mastery, it is a gem that does not aspire to "great cinema" but still scores a bullseye. Well-written dialogue, plenty of humor, and a nice, quick pace make it sparkle. Who knew Ed Asner could make a passably good villain, too?


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