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Randolph Scott

Randolph Scott
Born George Randolph Scott
(1898-01-23)January 23, 1898
Orange County, Virginia, U.S.
Died March 2, 1987(1987-03-02) (aged 89)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart and lung disease
Resting place Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina
Occupation Actor
Years active 1928–1962
Political party Republican
Religion Episcopalian
Spouse(s) Marion DuPont (1936–39)
Patricia Stillman (1944–1987; his death); 2 children (Christopher, Sandra)

George Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals (albeit in non-singing and non-dancing roles), adventure tales, war films, and a few horror and fantasy films. However, his most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero. Out of his more than 100 film appearances over 60 were in Westerns; thus, "of all the major stars whose name was associated with the Western, Scott most closely identified with it."[1]

Scott's more than 30 years as a motion picture actor resulted in his working with many acclaimed screen directors, including Henry King, Rouben Mamoulian, Michael Curtiz, John Cromwell, King Vidor, Allan Dwan, Fritz Lang, and Sam Peckinpah. He also worked on multiple occasions with prominent directors: Henry Hathaway (eight times), Ray Enright (seven), Edwin L. Marin (seven), André de Toth (six), and most notably, his seven film collaborations with Budd Boetticher. Scott also worked with a diverse array of cinematic leading ladies, from Shirley Temple and Irene Dunne to Mae West and Marlene Dietrich.

Tall (6 ft 2½ in; 189 cm), lanky and handsome, Scott displayed an easygoing charm and courtly Southern drawl in his early films that helped offset his limitations as an actor, where he was frequently found to be stiff or "lumbering".[2] As he matured, however, Scott's acting improved while his features became burnished and leathery, turning him into the ideal "strong, silent" type of stoic hero. The BFI Companion to the Western noted:
In his earlier Westerns ... the Scott persona is debonair, easy-going, graceful, though with the necessary hint of steel. As he matures into his fifties his roles change. Increasingly Scott becomes the man who has seen it all, who has suffered pain, loss, and hardship, and who has now achieved (but at what cost?) a stoic calm proof against vicissitude.[1]

During the early 1950s, Scott was a consistent box-office draw. In the annual Motion Picture Herald Top Ten Polls, he ranked 10th in 1950, seventh in 1951, and 10th in both 1952 and 1953.[3] Scott also appeared in the Quigley's Top Ten Money Makers Poll from 1950 to 1953.[4]


  • Early years 1
  • World War I 2
  • Post World War I career 3
  • Stage and early film appearances 4
  • Paramount years 5
    • Zane Grey apprenticeship 5.1
    • Non-Western roles for Paramount 5.2
    • Star on the rise 5.3
    • Heroes, heavies and other roles 5.4
    • World War II 5.5
    • Tall in the saddle 5.6
    • The Boetticher and Kennedy films 5.7
    • Ride the High Country (1962) 5.8
  • Personal life 6
    • Final years 6.1
    • Death 6.2
    • Marriages 6.3
    • Rumors about sexual orientation 6.4
  • Cultural references 7
  • Awards 8
  • Politics 9
  • Radio appearances 10
  • Filmography 11
  • References 12
    • Notes 12.1
    • Bibliography 12.2
  • External links 13

Early years

Scott was born in Franklin, Virginia, an administrative engineer in a textile firm. His mother was Lucille Crane Scott, born in Luray, Virginia, a member of a wealthy North Carolina family.[5] The Scott children in order of birth were: Margaret, Randolph, Katherine, Virginia, Joseph and Barbara, most born in North Carolina.[6]

Because of his family's financial status, young Randolph was able to attend private schools such as Woodberry Forest School. From an early age, Scott developed and displayed an athletic trait, excelling in football, baseball, horse racing, and swimming.[5]

World War I

In April 1917, the United States entered World War I and shortly afterwards, Scott, then 19 years old, joined the United States Army. He served in France as an artillery observer with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion, 19th Field Artillery.[7] His wartime experience would give him training that would be put to use in his later film career, including horsemanship and the use of firearms.

Post World War I career

After the Armistice brought World War I to an end, Scott stayed in France and enrolled in an artillery officers' school. Although he eventually received a commission, Scott decided to return to America and thus journeyed home around 1919.[8]

With his military career over, Scott continued his education at

External links

  • Crow, Jefferson Brim, III. Randolph Scott: The Gentleman From Virginia. Silverton, Idaho: Wind River Publishing, 1987. ISBN 0-940375-00-1.
  • Everson, William K. The Hollywood Western: 90 Years of Cowboys and Indians, Train Robbers, Sheriffs and Gunslingers, and Assorted Heroes and Desperados. New York: Citadel Press, 1992, First edition 1969. ISBN 978-0-8065-1256-3.
  • Halliwell's Film Guide 2008 (Halliwell's the Movies That Matter). New York: Harper Collins, 2008. ISBN 978-0-00-726080-5.
  • Mueller, John. Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. ISBN 0-394-51654-0.
  • Nott, Robert. The Films of Randolph Scott. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2004. ISBN 0-7864-1797-8
  • Nott, Robert. Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2005, First edition 2000. ISBN 978-0-7864-2261-6.
  • Scott, C.H. Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott? Madison, North Carolina: Empire Publishing, 1994. ISBN 0-944019-16-1.


  1. ^ a b c d e Boscombe, Edward (ed). The BFI Companion to the Western. New York: DiCapo Press, 1988.
  2. ^ Mueller 1985, p. 65.
  3. ^ Nott 2004, p. 4.
  4. ^ "Top Ten Money Making Stars of the past 79 years." Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Nott 2004, p. 7.
  6. ^ U.S. Census 1900–1920.
  7. ^ Nott 2004, p. 1.
  8. ^ a b Nott 2004, p. 8.
  9. ^ a b c d Thomas, Tony. Hollywood and the American Image. Westport, Connecticut: Arlington House, 1981. ISBN 978-0-87000-525-1.
  10. ^ Ringgold, Gene. "Randolph Scott: Everyone's Idea of a Southern Gentleman." Films in Review. 1972.
  11. ^ Nott 2004, p. 136.
  12. ^ Nott 2004, p. 10.
  13. ^ Everson, William K. The Hollywood Western: Ninety Years of Cowboys and Indians, Train Robbers, Sheriffs and Gunslingers. New York. Citadel Press, 1992, First edition 1969.
  14. ^ Nott 2005, p. 9.
  15. ^ Nott 2004, p. 43.
  16. ^ Nott 2004, p. 58.
  17. ^ Nott 2004, p. 59.
  18. ^ The New York Times, February 7, 1941.
  19. ^ Nott 2004, p. 67.
  20. ^ Halliwell's Film Guide 2008, p. 8.
  21. ^ Nott 2005, p. 15.
  22. ^ Nott 2005, p. 29.
  23. ^ Halliwell's Film Guide 2008, p. 1071.
  24. ^ Nott 2005, p. 131.
  25. ^ Wilmington, Michael. "Tall in the Director's Chair Budd Boetticher made some of the best-remembered Westerns of '50s and '60s; they don't make 'em like that (or him) anymore." Los Angeles Times, November 29, 1992, p. 4.
  26. ^ Nott 2004, p. 191.
  27. ^ Durable, Wealthy Randolph Scott Manages Fortune Sarasota Herald Tribune Jul 31 1978
  28. ^ Whatever Happened To Randolph Scott by C.H. Scott
  29. ^ Randall Scott Papers at UCLA, PASC 315
  30. ^ C.H. Scott. Ch. 6
  31. ^ Nott 2004, p. 225.
  32. ^ Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott, by C.H. Scott
  33. ^
  34. ^ "Randolph Scott is dead at 89; Laconic cowboy-film actor." The New York Times, March 3, 1987.
  35. ^ Randolph Scott at Find a Grave
  36. ^ Randall Scott Papers, UCLA
  37. ^
  38. ^ a b
  39. ^
  40. ^ Property Shark, Zillow
  41. ^ a b Nott 2005, p. 11.
  42. ^ Durable, Wealthy Randolph Scott Manages Fortune Sarasota Herald Tribune Jul 31 1978
  43. ^ Scott, C.H. Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott? Empire Publishing, Chapter 6, 1994.
  44. ^ "1999". Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  45. ^ David M. Jordan, FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944 (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011), pp. 231–232
  46. ^




Year Program Episode/source
1945 Screen Guild Players Belle of the Yukon[46]

Radio appearances

Despite his southern background at a time when the region was solidly David O. Selznick in the Los Angeles Coliseum in support of the Dewey-Bricker ticket as well as Governor Earl Warren of California, who would become Dewey's running mate in 1948 and later the Chief Justice of the United States. The gathering drew 93,000, with Cecil B. DeMille as the master of ceremonies and short speeches by Hedda Hopper and Walt Disney. Among those in attendance were Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, and Gary Cooper. Despite the good turnout at the rally, most Hollywood celebrities who took a public position sided with the Roosevelt-Truman ticket.[45]


For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6243 Hollywood Blvd. In 1999, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[44]

In 1975, Scott was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. He also received an In Memoriam Golden Boot Award for his work in Westerns.


In Thomas Pynchon's book, V., the character Profane watches an unspecified Randolph Scott film and compares himself unfavorably with his hero, whom he describes as "cool, imperturbable, keeping his trap shut and only talking when he had to – and then saying the right things and not running off haphazard and inefficient at the mouth".

Scott is the subject of guitarist Leo Kottke's song "Turning into Randolph Scott (Humid Child)" on his 1994 album Peculiaroso.

Scott and To the Shores of Tripoli are referred to in Tom Lehrer's song "Send the Marines".

He is mentioned in the film Blazing Saddles when Sheriff Bart tries to convince the reluctant citizens of Rock Ridge to support his plan to save the town. He says that they "would do it for Randolph Scott" and they rise, putting their hands to their hearts and saying reverently "Randolph Scott", echoed by an off-screen chorus, and agree to help the sheriff. This scene happens 1 hour 9 minutes and 46 seconds into the movie.

Scott is the putative subject of the 1974 Statler Brothers song "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?", lamenting the passing of Western films.

Cultural references

Although Scott achieved fame as a motion picture actor, he managed to keep a fairly low profile with his private life. Offscreen he was good friends with Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. He met Grant on the set of Hot Saturday (1932), where they shared only one scene together, and shortly afterwards they began rooming together in a beach house in Malibu that became known as "Bachelor Hall". According to author Robert Nott, "They lived together on and off for about ten years, because they were friends and wanted to save on living expenses (they were both considered to be notorious tightwads)."[41] In 1944, Scott and Grant stopped living together but remained close friends throughout their lives.[42] This has led to unsubstantiated gossip that the two were a homosexual couple. Scott's adopted son, Christopher, challenged the rumors. Following Scott's death, Christopher wrote a book entitled, Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?, in which he rebuts rumors of his father's alleged homosexuality. The widely circulated photos of Grant and Scott were publicity stills. Both Scott and Grant were posed for the shots that were staged by an art director, to be used for an upcoming film, My Favorite Wife. The photos were stolen from the Scott family house during the last months of his father's life by a nurse who had been fired.[43] Budd Boetticher, who directed Scott in seven films from 1956 to 1960, had this to say about the rumors: "Bullshit".[41] Grant's assertion that he had "nothing against gays, I'm just not one myself", is treated at length in Peter Bogdanovich's book of essays about actors, Who the Hell's in It.

Randolph Scott and Cary Grant
"Bachelor Hall" photo

Rumors about sexual orientation

[40] Their mid-century modern home was torn down in 2008.[39][38] The marriage lasted until Scott's death in 1987. Patricia Stillman Scott died in 2004. The Scotts are buried together in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte NC. [38]In 1944, Scott married the actress Patricia Stillman, who was 21 years his junior. In 1950, they adopted two children, Sandra and Christopher.[37] Scott married twice. In 1936, he became the second husband of heiress


Scott died of heart and lung ailments in 1987 at the age of 89 in Beverly Hills, California. He was interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.[34][35] He and his wife Patricia had been married for 43 years. He was survived by his wife, son Christopher, daughter Sandra Scott Tyler, and three grandchildren [36]


He and his wife Patricia continued to live in his custom, mid-century modern, Burton A. Schutt designed home at 156 Copley Place Beverly Hills.[28][29] During his retirement years he remained friends with Fred Astaire, with whom he attended Dodgers games. An avid golfer with a putting green in his yard, Scott was a member of the Bel Air Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club and Eldorado Country Clubs.[30] Scott also became friends with the Reverend Billy Graham. Scott was described by his son Christopher as a deeply religious man.[31] He was an Episcopalian and the Scott family were members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills,[32] and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.[33]

Following Ride the High Country, Scott retired from film at the age of 64. A wealthy man, Scott had managed shrewd investments throughout his life, eventually accumulating a fortune worth a reputed $100 million, with holdings in real estate, gas, oil wells, and securities.[26][27]

Final years

Personal life

, like Scott, retired from filmmaking after this picture, although he returned to the screen twice in later years. McCrea
Scott and McCrea's farewell Western is characterized by a nostalgic sense of the passing of the Old West; a preoccupation with the emotionality of male bonding and of the experiential 'gap' between the young and the old; and the fearful evocation, in the form of the Hammonds (the villains in the film), of these preoccupations transmuted into brutal and perverse forms.[1]

In 1962 Scott made his final film appearance in Ride the High Country, a film now regarded as a classic. It was directed by Sam Peckinpah and co-starred Joel McCrea, an actor who had a screen image similar to Scott's and who also from the mid-1940s on devoted his career almost exclusively to Westerns.

Ride the High Country (1962)

Scott and Boetticher films
Boetticher achieved works of great beauty, formally precise in structure and visually elegant, notably for their use of the distinctive landscape of the California Sierras. As the hero of these "floating poker games" (as Andrew Sarris calls them), Scott tempers their innately pessimistic view with quiet, stoical humour, as he pits his wits against such charming villains as Richard Boone in The Tall T and Claude Akins in Comanche Station.[1]

In 1955, screenwriter Burt Kennedy wrote a script entitled Seven Men from Now which was scheduled to be filmed by John Wayne's Batjac Productions with Wayne as the film's star and Budd Boetticher as its director. However, Wayne was already committed to John Ford's The Searchers. Wayne therefore suggested Scott as his replacement.[24] The resulting film, released in 1956, did not make a great impact at the time but is now regarded by many as one of Scott's best, as well as the one that launched Scott and Boetticher into a successful collaboration that totaled seven films. While each film is independent and there are no shared characters or settings, this set of films is often called the Ranown Cycle, for the production company run by Scott and Harry Joe Brown, which was involved in their production.[25] Kennedy scripted four of them. In these films ...

With Nancy Gates in Comanche Station, 1960

The Boetticher and Kennedy films

By 1956, Scott turned 58, an age where the careers of most leading men would be winding down. Scott, however, was about to enter his finest and most acclaimed period.

Also of interest is Shootout at Medicine Bend shot in 1955, but released in 1957, which was Scott's last movie in black and white. The movie co-stars James Garner and Angie Dickinson.[23]

Scott also made Rage at Dawn in 1955 for Nat Holt, which was released by RKO starring Scott and Forrest Tucker, and featuring Denver Pyle, Edgar Buchanan, and J. Carrol Naish. It purports to tell the true story of the Reno Brothers, an outlaw gang which terrorized the American Midwest, particularly Southern Indiana, soon after the American Civil War.

Scott's pictures from this period include the 1950 Colt .45, the 1951 films Fort Worth, Man in the Saddle and Carson City, and the 1952 films Hangman's Knot (which Scott produced), The Man Behind the Gun, The Stranger Wore a Gun (filmed in 3-D), and Thunder Over the Plains. Also in 1953, Scott appeared in Riding Shotgun, an unusual Western that presents (probably unintentionally) some McCarthyistic overtones. In 1954, Scott played a laconic good guy in The Bounty Hunter. Most of these were directed by André de Toth.

Scott also made Westerns for Nat Holt. Some of these movies, Badman's Territory, Trail Street, and Rage at Dawn were released by RKO, while others, like Fighting Man of the Plains, Canadian Pacific, and The Cariboo Trail were released by Twentieth Century Fox. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Scott's films were made mainly for Columbia or Warner Bros. His salary for the latter studio was US$100,000 per picture (equal to $991,189 today).

Scott renewed his acquaintance with producer Harry Joe Brown and together they began producing many of Scott's Westerns, including several that were shot in the two-color Cinecolor process. Their collaboration produced the superior Coroner Creek (1948) with Scott as a vengeance-driven cowpoke who "predates the Budd Boetticher/Burt Kennedy heroes by nearly a decade,"[22] Gunfighters (1947) based on the Zane Grey novel Two Sombreros, and The Walking Hills (1949), a modern-day tale of gold hunters.

In 1946, after playing roles that had him wandering in and out of the saddle for many years, including a role alongside Charles Laughton in the cheaply made production Captain Kidd (1945), Scott appeared in Abilene Town, a UA[20] release which cast him in what would become one of his classic images, the fearless lawman cleaning up a lawless town. The film "cemented Scott's position as a cowboy hero"[21] and from this point on all but two of his starring films would be Westerns. The Scott Westerns of the late 1940s would each be budgeted around US$1,000,000, equal to $12,093,857 today.

With Jack Lambert in Abilene Town, 1946

Tall in the saddle

In 1942 and 1943, Scott appeared in several war films, notably To the Shores of Tripoli, Bombardier, the Canadian warship drama Corvette K-225, Gung Ho! and China Sky.

Shortly after the United States entered World War II, Scott attempted to obtain an officer's commission in the Marines, but because of a back injury years earlier, he was rejected.[9] However, he did his part for the war effort by touring in a comedy act with Joe DeRita (who later became a member of the Three Stooges) for the Victory Committee showcases, and he also raised food for the government on a ranch that he owned.[19]

World War II

In 1943 Scott starred in The Desperadoes, Columbia Pictures' first feature in Technicolor. The film was produced by Harry Joe Brown, with whom Scott would form a business partnership several years later.

In 1941, Scott also co-starred with a young Gene Tierney in another western, Belle Starr. Scott's only role as a truly evil villain was in Universal's The Spoilers, a rip-roaring adaptation of Rex Beach's 1905 tale of the Alaskan gold rush co-starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne. The movie's climax featured Scott and Wayne (and their stunt doubles) in one of the most spectacular fistfights ever filmed. The Dietrich-Scott-Wayne combination worked so well that Universal recast the trio the following year in Pittsburgh, a war-time action-melodrama which had Wayne and Scott slugging it out once more.

Randolph Scott, who is getting to look and act more and more like William S. Hart, herein shapes one of the truest and most appreciable characters of his career as the party's scout.[18]

In 1941 Scott returned to Zane Grey country by co-starring with Robert Young in the Technicolor production Western Union, directed by Fritz Lang. Scott played a "good bad man" in this film and gave one of his finest performances. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote:

Scott followed this by co-starring with Errol Flynn in Virginia City (1940) and played the "other man" role in the Irene DunneCary Grant romantic comedy My Favorite Wife (1940).

For 20th Century Fox Scott supported child star Shirley Temple in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) and Susannah of the Mounties (1939). For the same studio he played a supporting role in his first Technicolor film, Jesse James (1939), a lavish highly romanticized account of the famous outlaw (Tyrone Power) and his brother Frank (Henry Fonda). Shortly after making this film, Scott portrayed Wyatt Earp in Frontier Marshal (1939) and, for Universal, starred with Kay Francis in When the Daltons Rode (1940).

In 1938 Scott finished his contract with Paramount and began freelancing. Some of the roles that he took over the next few years were supporting ones, while his other roles during the same time frame had him occasionally lapse into villainy. One missed opportunity also came about around this time. Due to his Southern background, Scott was considered for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, but it was Leslie Howard who eventually got the part.

Heroes, heavies and other roles

... set in 1859 in Pennsylvania, and follows the exploits of oil prospector Scott as he struggles against various varmints and vested interests out to wreck his business, and tries to keep his marriage to Irene Dunne intact, despite the tempting presence of saloon singer Dorothy Lamour.[1]

Scott's films at Paramount include the aforementioned Go West, Young Man (1936), which reunited him with director Henry Hathaway and in Mae West's adaptation of Lawrence Riley's Broadway hit comedy Personal Appearance; So Red the Rose (1936), directed by King Vidor and starring Margaret Sullavan; and High, Wide, and Handsome. This last film, a musical directed by Rouben Mamoulian, featured Scott in his "most ambitious performance,"[17] The film is ...

In 1936, Scott, on loan to independent producer Edward Small, starred in another adventure classic, The Last of the Mohicans, adapted from the 1826 novel by James Fenimore Cooper. A big hit in its day, the film "gave Scott his first unqualified 'A' picture success as a lead."[16]

Scott made four films for RKO Radio Pictures during 1935–36. Two of these were in the popular series of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: Roberta (1935), also starring Irene Dunne, and Follow the Fleet (1936). In both of these films Scott played Astaire's lunkheaded but likable pal. The other two were among the best in Scott's career: Village Tale (1935), "a touching, still-obscure melodrama about small-town gossip and hypocrisy"[15] directed by John Cromwell, and She (1935), a superb adventure-fantasy adapted from H. Rider Haggard's 1886 novel.

By 1935 Scott was firmly established as a popular movie star and, thus, following the release of Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935), Paramount moved him up from his "B" Western status to a star of "A" features, many on loan out.

Star on the rise

Paramount cast Scott in two horror films: Murders in the Zoo (1933) with Lionel Atwill, and Supernatural (1933) with Carole Lombard. Paramount also loaned him to work at other studios, including Columbia, where he appeared with Bebe Daniels in a minor romantic comedy called Cocktail Hour (1933).

In between his work in the Zane Grey Western series, Paramount cast Scott in several non-Western roles, such as "the other man" in Hot Saturday (1932), with Nancy Carroll and Cary Grant; Hello, Everybody! (1933), an odd one-shot attempt to make a film star out of the popular but heavy-set radio singer Kate Smith; and Go West, Young Man (1936).

Non-Western roles for Paramount

The Zane Grey series were a boon for Scott, as they provided him with "an excellent training ground for both action and acting".[14]

To the Last Man was almost a model of its kind, an exceptionally strong story of feuding families in the post-Civil War era, with a cast worthy of an "A" feature, excellent direction by Henry Hathaway, and an unusual climactic fight between the villain (Jack LaRue) and the heroine (Esther Ralston, in an exceptionally appealing performance). Sunset Pass... was not only one of the best but also one of the most surprising in presenting Randolph Scott and Harry Carey as heavies.
He also writes: [13] refers to the Zane Grey series as being "uniformly good".William K. Everson, film historian The Hollywood Western: Ninety Years of Cowboys and Indians, Train Robbers, Sheriffs and GunslingersIn his book,

Many of these Grey adaptations were remakes of earlier silent films. In an effort to save on production costs, Paramount utilized stock footage from the silent version and even hired some of the same actors, such as Raymond Hatton and Noah Beery, to repeat their roles. For the 1933 films The Thundering Herd and Man of the Forest, Scott's hair was darkened and he sported a trim moustache so that he could easily be matched to footage of Jack Holt, the star of the silent versions.

With Verna Hillie in Man of the Forest, 1933

Scott's first role under his new Henry Hathaway made his directorial debut with Heritage of the Desert; he would go on to direct a total of seven out of the 10 Zane Grey adaptations that Scott would appear in. Hathaway also directed one film in the Zane Grey series without Scott: Under the Tonto Rim (1933) starring Stuart Erwin.

Zane Grey apprenticeship

Paramount years

In 1931 Scott played his first leading role (with Hollywood entitled Under a Virginia Moon. His performance in this play resulted in several offers for screen tests by the major movie studios.[9] Scott eventually signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures at a salary of US$400 per week (adjusted for inflation, US$400 in 1932 is the equivalent of approximately US$4800 in 2006).[12]

  • A minister in Gentlemen Be Seated
  • A butler in Nellie, the Beautiful Model
  • Metellus Cimber in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
  • Hector Malone in Man and Superman

On the advice of director Cecil B. DeMille, Scott also gained much-needed acting experience by performing in stage plays with the Pasadena Playhouse. Scott's stage roles during this period include:[11]

In the next few years, Scott continued working as an extra and bit player in several films, including Weary River (1929) with Richard Barthelmess and The Virginian (1929) with Gary Cooper. Reputedly, Scott also served as Cooper's dialect coach in this latter film.

Around 1927, Scott developed an interest in acting and decided to make his way to Los Angeles and seek a career in the motion picture industry. Fortunately, Scott's father had become acquainted with Sharp Shooters (1928). Despite its title and the presence of O'Brien, Sharp Shooters is not a western, as some film historians claimed. Rather, it's a romantic comedy. A print of the film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Stage and early film appearances

[10] As with his military career, however, he eventually dropped out of college and went to work as an accountant in the textile firm where his father was employed.[8] and manufacturing.textile engineering, where he majored in University of North Carolina Scott then transferred to the [9]

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