Mordecai C. Jones (Scott; a self-styled "M.B.S., C.S., D.D. --- Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing!"), is a drifting confidence trickster who makes his living defrauding people in the southern United States. One of his specialties is rigged punchboards.
He befriends a young man named Curley (Sarrazin), a deserter on the run from the United States Army and the two team up to make money and keep out of reach of the law.
The Car Chase scene was filmed in Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky and the Courthouse scene at the Clark County, Kentucky Courthouse.
The Pigeon Drop scene with Slim Pickens as Jarvis Bates was filmed in Winchester, Kentucky during September 8-10, 1966.