Scott Free (1976)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Producer Stephen Cannell may have had James Garner in mind for the TV movie Scott Free, but what he got was Michael Brandon. Brandon plays Tony Scott, a suave confidence artist who pulls one scam too many and nearly ends up in federal prison. The feds offer to cut a deal: They'll drop the charges if Tony will get the goods on a mafia chieftain. The ending indicates that Mr. Scott will be called upon to do a little dirty work for the government in the future. The networks and sponsors had other ideas, and refused to underwrite a Scott Free series on the basis of this pilot film; in fact, the scheduled first broadcast of Scott Free, on September 13, 1976, was bumped by NBC in favor of the 1957 Steve Reeves epic Hercules!

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con-artist, Mafia, mob-boss, organized-crime, sting [police setup]