POLK: He’s gone.
Hooker opens his eyes and slowly drags himself up off the floor, spitting out a little rubber bladder, filled with blood, that he’s had in his mouth. Gondorff does likewise. Niles, Twist, Singleton and the rest of the boost begin to laugh and shake hands, as do the Federal Agents.
GONDORFF (to Polk): Nice con, Hickey. I thought you were Feds myself, when you first came in.
HICKEY: No problem, Henry. Snyder went for it all the way. (laughing) You shoulda seen the rag he lit under Lonnegan.
Gondorff turns to the others.
GONDORFF: Okay, let’s take this place apart and get outa here. You can get your splits from Eddie at Boudreau’s tonight.
Gondorff walks over to Hooker, who’s wiping the blood off his face and hands.
GONDORFF: You beat him, kid.
HOOKER (softly): You were right, Henry. It’s not enough… But it’s close.
GONDORFF: You wanta wait for your share?
HOOKER: Naw, I’d just blow it.
— The Sting (1973), written David S. Ward
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is last laugh, suggested by Vic Tional. Today’s suggestion by Teddy Pasternak.
Trivia: The movie is based on the real-life exploits of grifter brothers Charley and Fred Gondorf, whose experiences culminated in a scam similar to the one shown in the film, known in 1914 as “the wire” or “the big store”. Unlike the movie, however, the actual “mark” was more than happy to testify against Charley Gondorf, the front man of the scam, and he spent time in Sing Sing, as did his younger brother a year later for running another scam. Both served a few years and were released. As late as 1924, when Charley was 65 and Fred 60, they were still active, and running new scams.
Dialogue On Dialogue: How about this? WE NEED MORE SUGGESTIONS! Already tapped out and it’s only Thursday. Let’s step up, people! Thanks!