Cinema: Conned Goods

The Film Flam Man. Deep in tobacco country, a burned-out grifter (George C. Scott) is shoved from a moving freight car. A young drifter (Michael Sarrazin) dusts him off and helps him to his feet. The two quickly discover that they have some things in common—cunning and duplicity. The grifter is the Flim Flam Man, a wheezy, sleazy slicker who for half a century has taken yokels with potency pills, crooked cards and his smooth Mason-Dixon line. The drifter is AWOL from Fort Bragg, and hungry. Scott proposes a merger, and the two are soon fast-shuffling their way to fortune, until...

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