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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.

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writers:

William Bowers, Richard Alan Simmons (characters)
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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
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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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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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Excellent Comedy
30 September 2007 | by dvpro44See all my reviews

As the other reviewer here states, this is a great and sadly neglected comedy. I loved it back in the 70s and it needs to be released on DVD!!!! Larry Hagman and Jack Elam were fantastic. Hagman played such a great role on I Dream of Jeannie and here he continued with his great sense of timing and comedic skills that would eventually fade into his later years doing serious drama in Dallas, where he transformed into the anti-Nelson character JR. He showed great versatility in these two roles alone, yet appeared in many other films. Those who appreciate Hagman as a great comedian must see this film and Sidekicks must be released on DVD soon!


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21 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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