"Any man who consorts with niggers, deserves to be treated like a nigger"
Description: Andrew Duggan as Calloway, an angry white southerner prepares to give 50 lashes to a con artist (James Garner) for posing as the master of a slave in the offbeat Civil War era comedy flick Skin Game (1971).
Quincy Drew and Jason O'Rourke (Gossett) move from town to town down South in during the slavery era and scam people out of money. Their scam is simple. Drew poses as a slave owner in need of some quick money who is willing to sell his slave (Jason). But after he sells his alleged property, Drew rescues Jason from captivity, splits their profits and then the two con men travel to the next town to find another sucker.
|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?|
In reality, Jason O'Rourke is a free born, well educated black man from New Jersey. But, Jason and his partner run their scam too many times and get caught by Calloway, a savvy southern slave trader who is on to their double-crossing scheme.
After whipping Drew for his part in the deception, he takes Jason and plans to sell him down South for a profit of his won. Luckily, both Drew and Jason are rescued by a pretty pick-pocket named Ginger (Susan Clark) who also has a few surprises up her sleeves.
NOTE: Skin Game (1971) was the 2000th film produced by Warner Bros. studios. The characters from the movie later appeared in a TV Movie remake with Louis Gossett, Jr. reprising his role as Jason O'Rourke and Larry Hagman playing the part of Quincy Drew. This time round the two con artists hatch a scheme to collect a $15,000 bounty offered for the capture of an outlaw.