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Skin Game is a 1971 American independent comedy western directed by Paul Bogart and Gordon Douglas, and starring James Garner and Louis Gossett, Jr. The supporting cast features Susan Clark, Edward Asner, Andrew Duggan, Parley Baer, and Royal Dano.

Skin Game
Poster of the movie Skin Game.jpg
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Directed byPaul Bogart
Gordon Douglas (uncredited)
Produced byHarry Keller
Written byRichard Alan Simmons (story)
Peter Stone (credited as "Pierre Marton")
StarringJames Garner
Louis Gossett Jr.
Susan Clark
Brenda Sykes
Edward Asner
Andrew Duggan
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp
Edited byWalter Thompson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September¬†30,¬†1971¬†(1971-09-30)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States



Quincy Drew (Garner) and Jason O'Rourke (Gossett) travel from town to town in the south of the United States during the slavery era. A flashback in the movie shows both men first met when Quincy sold Jason a horse- a stolen horse belonging to the local Sheriff. They meet again in jail after pulling various con jobs [in comic relief both end up with a Ace of Spade card from a crooked deck[!]; both then develop a con together in which Quincy claims to be a down-on-his-luck slave owner who is selling his only slave [Jason]. Quincy gets the bidding rolling, selling Jason, and the two later meet up to split the profit. Jason was born a free man in New Jersey and is very well educated. The twist comes when Jason is sold to a slave trader who is very savvy and intent on taking him down south to make a profit.



The film was remade three years later as a television film called Sidekicks, with Larry Hagman playing Garner's role and Gossett reprising his part.

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