Another Paul Newman film - apparently Newman likes playing shysters? - featuring pool shark and con artist Fast Eddie Felson. Felson has his associate, Charlie (Myron McCormick), beat him on the table so his targets underestimate his skill. Others then step up to challenge him and make bets. Once the stakes get high, Eddie ups his game for the win.
Felson challenges legendary player Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), and ends up on top for a while. But a cocky attitude and too much bourbon eventually lead to a big loss for Eddie -- which is exactly how Minnesota Fats had planned it all along.
Newman reprised the role of Fast Eddie in the 1986 Tom Cruise film “The Color of Money.”