Review: ‘The Flim-Flam Man’

An outstanding comedy starring George C. Scott as a Dixie drifter. Socko comedy-dramatic direction by Irvin Kershner makes the most of a very competent cast and a superior script. Michael Sarrazin, as Scott's fellow-traveler, makes an impressive feature film bow.

An outstanding comedy starring George C. Scott as a Dixie drifter. Socko comedy-dramatic direction by Irvin Kershner makes the most of a very competent cast and a superior script. Michael Sarrazin, as Scott’s fellow-traveler, makes an impressive feature film bow.

Guy Owen’s novel, The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man, has been adapted into a finely balanced screenplay which exploits inherent comedy situations while understating, appropriately, the loneliness of a rootless man. A series of flim-flams are pulled off only on people who seemingly deserve to be stiffed, thus minimizing any complaint that lawlessness is being made attractive.

The Flim-Flam Man

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Irvin Kershner; Producer Lawrence Turman; Screenplay William Rose; Camera Charles Lang; Editor Robert Swink; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

George C. Scott Sue Lyon Michael Sarrazin Harry Morgan Jack Albertson Alice Ghostley
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