Incorrigible, glib, and packing around a bag of ancient confidence tricks, Scott is fascinating as a bumbling flimflam artist who refuses to abandon his larcenous trade. He takes on a pupil, Sarrazin, who has deserted from the army, teaching him methods of bilking his fellow man. Sarrazin
is an apt student, successfully working bunco games with small-town people until meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lyon, and then trying to reform the old man. Scott will have none of it, and, in one scam involving a stolen car, he goes berserk and wrecks half the town in his escape
attempt. He is jailed but is later freed by Sarrazin who creates a diversion by pretendin...