Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker, but it wasn't until they hit on the old skin game that they started to clean up. The game is simple. Jason, though born a free man in New Jersey, poses as Quincy's slave as the pair ride through Missouri and Kansas in 1857. Quincy picks a likely mark in each town, sells Jason to him for top money and rides out of town. Then Quincy and Jason get back together on the road to another town, because if Jason can't just run off after dark, Quincy finds a way to spring him loose.
To market, to market, to sell your best friend, then split up the money and do it again.
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Did You Know?
A 90-minute television movie titled Sidekicks
(1974), directed by Burt Kennedy
and based on this movie, was broadcast in March of 1974. Unlike this movie, the television movie was set after the Civil War. Louis Gossett Jr.
reprised his role from the original film, but the James Garner
character was now played by Larry Hagman
. The television movie was intended as a pilot for a series that ultimately was not made. See more
(at around 37 mins) As Quincy is walking past Jason, who's up on a platform, there are power lines above their heads. See more
Spoofed in The Frighteners