The Marx Brothers -- Groucho, the bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wisecracker with the funny mustache and walk; Harpo, the loveable mute with the curly red hair, top hat, raincoat and horn; and Chico, the rakish con artist
with the Italian accent -- were madcap comedians of the first order who paved the way for generations of comedians and made the world safe for puns.
It's intoxicating fun when ``Catch Me If You Can,'' Steven Spielberg's intermittently kicky film biography of teenage con artist
Frank Abagnale Jr.
In ``The Music Man's'' original Broadway incarnation and 1962 movie, Robert Preston, playing con artist
extraordinaire Harold Hill, blew his way through the town like a hurricane - those poor River City-zens (as the burg's numskull mayor likes to call them) never had a chance against the likes of him.
Said con artist
, pursued by a thug wanting to severely injure him over back debts - pass the eggnog while you're laughing it up, kids
The con artist
claims to be a Bell Atlantic representative and asks for a customer's calling card PIN number or other billing information.
A second con artist
acting like an unsuspecting witness comes upon the scene and asks if they can also assist.
Once the customer gives out this confidential information, the con artist
begins charging calls to the customer's calling card or phone account.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) warns its customers of a possible con artist
who has called customers in the Lincoln Heights area posing as an LADWP employee collecting money for unpaid bills.
Don't compound the mistake of trusting an unscrupulous investment professional or outright con artist
by failing to keep an eye on the progress of your investment.
Quirk "takes no prisoners," disclosing other scams and con artist
behavior flourishing throughout the U.
And there are enough neat little throwaway bits - about con artist
superstitions, cops' persuasively prosaic reasons for turning crooked, how to really make friends in a bar, sister acts and more - that you come out feeling you've gotten a little more for your money than plot mechanics.
Upcoming releases slated for the house include "The Savage Solution" by New York Times best selling author Michael Savage, "King of Cons: Exposing the Dirty Rotten Secrets of the Washington Elite and Hollywood Celebrities," by Aaron Tonken, "Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All," by Craig Shirley, and "Cleaning Up: An Inside Story of Corporate Crime from a One-Time Wall Street Con Artist
," by Barry Minkow.