Before The Sting made con men into the popular rogues they are, George C. Scott was introducing the world to the tricks of the shady trade as a Southern grifter, aka a ‘Flim-Flam Man,’ who takes his new protégé – portrayed by Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Sometimes a Great Notion) – on a whirlwind tour of the backroads and hamlets where suckers are truly born every minute.
On their trail is an ornery Sheriff (Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H, Dragnet) out to end their scamming ways, and coming to their evasive aid is a lovely, young, rich girl (Sue Lyon, Lolita) who becomes enamored of the younger Flim-Flammer.
The film was written by William Rose, who also scripted It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – among other great films – and Flim-Flam Man retains a lot of the slapstick-action featured in that other film, complete with a daring car chase. In the director’s chair is Irvin Kershner, who you probably know from a little tiny film called The Empire Strikes Back. Yeah, so, lots of talent involved here.
Recently issued on DVD for the very first time by the fine folks at Twilight Time Studios, The Flim-Flam Man can be found in our Comedy Section.