Re: The Sting / earlier stories or films with same elements

From: David P. Hayes
Newsgroups: rec.arts.movies.past-films
Date: Monday, February 23, 1998 12:04 AM

Esmond Pitt wrote in message <>…
>In the early 1960s I read a short story which contains the plot germ of
>The Sting, i.e. a fake betting shop and the instruction "place it on
>…". I've spent the rest of my life looking for it. Any clues?

The "sting" scam at the beginning of the movie is very much like the scam in the opening scene of "Hold Your Man" (1933) with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. Thus, some aspects of "The Sting" were available to be copied if the creators of "The Sting" were inclined not to originate their material.

Incidentally, this example would fit into my "Forgotten films that are predecessors of well-remembered films" query, which I posed in this newsgroup last night.

David Hayes


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