11 September 2019 | boblipton
Rupert Trykel, Confidence Man
I'm very fond of stories about confidence men. The better ones can take a basic story and fill it with sufficient detail extemporaneously to convince the unwary victim of its reality. The 'long cons' have made good movies, too, most famously the Academy-Award-winning THE STING. It lures you into a world where you think you know what is happening, then dumps you out, laughs at you, and you laugh too, knowing it's just a movie.
I've never thought of the spiritualist racket as a confidence game, but that's what this episode in the MGM CRIME DOES NOT PAY series claims, and it makes a good case for it. It's a slow example of the series, but it is well put together, with some nice Dutch Angles and good actors who spent most of their movie careers in small supporting roles, like Harry Hayden and Arthur Shields. It's worth a look.