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Sidekicks (1974)

Travelling through the West right after the Civil War, two con men hatch a scheme to try to collect the fifteen thousand dollar bounty offered for the capture of an outlaw.


Burt Kennedy


William Bowers, Richard Alan Simmons (characters)




Complete credited cast:
Larry Hagman ... Quince Drew
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jason O'Rourke
Blythe Danner ... Prudy Jenkins
Jack Elam ... Boss
Harry Morgan ... Sheriff Jenkins
Hal Williams ... Max
Gene Evans ... Sam
Noah Beery Jr. ... Tom
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Ed
Denver Pyle ... Drunk
John Beck ... Luke
Dick Haynes ... Man
Bill Shannon Bill Shannon ... Carl (as Billy Shannon)
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Jones


After the Civil War, conman Quince Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke devise a scheme to swindle people. Quince claims that Jason is his slave and sells him to gullible buyers. Afterwards, Jason, who is a free man from Chicago, runs away and re-joins Quince at an arranged location. There they split the money and travel to another town ripe with suckers. However, the scam can only last so many times before the townsfolk smartens up to the con. Posses of outraged citizens search for them for a good hanging. After Quince and Jason narrowly avoid being caught by a posse, they are arrested in the wilderness at gunpoint by Prudy Jenkins, Sheriff Jenkins' daughter. Prudy is attractive but she also is tomboyish, stubborn and enthused about hanging outlaws. Sheriff Jenkins actually believes his daughter to be crazy in the head and therefore unable to rope herself a husband. Prudy arrests Quince and Jason on suspicion of being the vicious killers who recently robbed the stagecoach and ... Written by nufs68

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Comedy | Western







Release Date:

21 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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Acoliţi See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jason O'Rourke: The life we lead! In and out of jail...in and out of trouble. On the verge of being killed all the time.
Quince Drew: Yeah. Well, when you put it like that, it doesn't sound so bad, does it?
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Pleasant comic western
11 October 2015 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Spunky remake of Skin Game which had come out just two years previously. Larry Hagman, during his journeyman decade between the hits I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas, and a very young Louis Gossett Jr. work well together and both show off their often underutilized gift for comedy.

They star as a pair of itinerant not terribly successful con-men who when we meet them are escaping from a posse only to soon find themselves in an even bigger mess. How they try to extricate themselves from it and come out a bit ahead spurs the rest of the film. While all this is going on they are surrounded by a terrific cast of characters actors, Jack Elam is a particular standout, and the frisky, on the rise, full of gumption Blythe Danner.

TV movies from the 70's, of which this was one, were a variable lot with some good enough for theatrical release and some utter junk this is neither but it is a most enjoyable diversion with a quality cast and a breezy story. Catch it if you can.

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