Randolph Scott

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  • cary n r 9.JPGRANDOLPH SCOTT


    Date of birth
    23 January 1898
    Orange County, Virginia, USA

    Date of death
    2 March 1987
    Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

    Birth name
    George Randolph Scott

    6' 4" (1.93 m)

    Patricia Stillman (1944 - 2 March 1987) (his death) 2 children
    Marion duPont Somerville (1936 - 1939) (divorced)

    During the Thirties, was roommates with Cary Grant in a beach house known jocularly as Bachelor Hall. The close friendship between Scott and Grant, as well as the steady stream of women into and out of Bachelor Hall, have fed rumor mills for years.

    Rode a beautiful palomino horse named Stardust in his Westerns.

    Best friends were Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, and the Reverend Billy Graham.

    Formed Ranown Productions with producer Harry Joe Brown, and produced several films.

    Interred at Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, just four blocks from his boyhood home at 312 W. 10th Street.

    Was the inspiration for the popular 1973 song "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?," a top-20 country hit for the The Statler Brothers.

    Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1975.

    Mini Biography
    Handsome leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest most popular Western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology, but after being injured playing football, transferred to the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated with a degree in textile engineering and manufacturing. He discovered acting and went to California, where he met Cecil B. DeMilles' Dynamite (1929), a role which went instead to Joel McCrea. He was hired to coach Gary Cooper in a Virginia dialect for The Virginian (1929) and played a bit part in the film. Paramount scouts saw him in a play and offered him a contract. He moved rapidly into leading roles at Paramount, although his easy-going charm was not enough to indicate the tremendous success that would come to him later. He was a pleasant figure in comedies, dramas and the occasional adventure, but it was not until he began focusing on westerns in the late 1940s that he reached his greatest stardom. His screen persona altered into that of a stoic, craggy, and uncompromising figure, a tough, hard-bitten man seemingly unconnected to the light comedy lead he had been in the 1930s. He became one of the top box-office stars of the 1950sand, in the Westerns of Budd Boetticher especially, a critically important figure in the western as an art form. Following a critically acclaimed less-heroic-than-usual role in one of the classics of the genre, Ride the High Country (1962), Scott retired from films. A multi-millionaire many times over as a result of canny investments, Scott spent his remaining years playing golf and avoiding film industry affairs. He died in 1987, survived by his second wife, Patricia, and his two children, Christopher and Sandra. He is buried in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    IMDb mini-biography by Jim Beaver

    Mini Biography-2
    from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
    Few stars-even the legendary John Waynehave been so closely identified with one genre as Randolph Scott was with the Western. Tall, ruggedly handsome, with blond (or light brown) hair and piercing blue eyes, he typifies the Hollywood cowboy star for many film buffs, having man aged to bend the genre's clichés to his own purposes, especially in the modestly budgeted, often gritty Westerns he coproduced and starred in during the 1950s. A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Georgia Tech, where he studied engineering, Scott developed a love for the stage that took him west. He had been acting with the Pasadena Playhouse troupe when a chance meeting with millionaire and dilettante filmmaker Howard Hughes got him an introduction at Fox, where he made his debut in The Far Call (1929).

    Scott's mellow voice, Southern accent and all, was well suited to talkies, and he took supporting roles in Women Men Marry, Sky Bride (both 1931), and A Successful Calamity (1932) before signing with Paramount. He played easygoing romantic leads in such programmers as Hot Saturday, Hello Everybody! (both 1932), Murders in the Zoo, Supernatural, Cocktail Hour and Broken Dreams (all 1933), and assumed starring roles in the studio's extensive series of B Westerns based on Zane Grey novels. Scott went through the familiar horse-opera paces in Wild Horse Mesa (1932), Heritage of the Desert, To the Last Man, Man of the Forest, The Thundering Herd, Sunset Pass (all 1933), Wagon Wheels, The Last Roundup (both 1934), Home on the Range and Rocky Mountain Mystery (both 1935).

    At RKO, he costarred with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Roberta (1935) and Follow the Fleet (1936), uttering the word "swell" more times than anyone could count, and played intrepid adventurer Leo Vincey in Merian C. Cooper's lavish remake of She (1935), the H. Rider Haggard adventure classic. These appearances, as well as his starring turn as Hawkeye in Edward Small's production of The Last of the Mohicans (also 1936), took Scott out of B Westerns and elevated him to real stardom.

    Scott worked opposite Mae West in Go West, Young Man (also 1936), Irene Dunne in High, Wide and Handsome (1937, an overblown Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein period musical), and Shirley Temple in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) and Susannah of the Mounties (1939). He supported Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda in Jesse James (1939), and starred in the seldom-revived Frontier Marshal (also 1939) as Wyatt Earp. Still most popular in Westerns, albeit more spectacular ones-such as Virginia City, When the Daltons Rode (both 1940), Western Union and Belle Starr (both 1941). Scott also played military men in Coast Guard (1939), To the Shores of Tripoli (1942), Bombardier, Corvette K-225 and Gung Ho! (all 1943). He was amusingly cast as a stolid hunk with Irene Dunne in My Favorite Wife (1940), then teamed with John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich for two 1942 action dramas, The Spoilers and Pittsburgh he played a heel in the first and a nice guy in the second-but didn't get Dietrich in either.

    After an ill-advised stint in a lame swashbuckler, Captain Kidd (1945), and his turn in a delightful comedy-mystery, Home, Sweet Homicide (1946), Scott returned to the range for the remainder of his career, in vehicles that, at first, seemed interchangeable: Abilene Town, Badman's Territory (both 1946), Trail Street, Gunfighters (both 1947), Albuquerque, Coroner Creek, Return of the Badmen (all 1948), The Walking Hills, Canadian Pacific, The Doolins of Oklahoma (all 1949), The Nevadan, Colt .45, Cariboo Trail (all 1950), Sugarfoot, Santa Fe and Fort Worth (all 1951).

    Beginning with Man in the Saddle (1951), Scott worked almost exclusively in Westerns produced by his own company, Ranown, in which he was partnered with veteran producer Harry Joe Brown. Throughout the 1950s, this team produced many of the finest medium-budgeted Westerns ever made. Scott was still in top physical condition, but his face had become weary and weatherbeaten; this physical aspect, combined with his deliberate characterizations of soft-spoken, fatalistic, yet supremely self-reliant protagonists (the word "hero" doesn't apply to all his characters during this period), brought a new dimension to Scott's performances that, sadly, has been much ignored until recent years. Carson City, Hangman's Knot (both 1952), Man Behind the Gun, The Stranger Wore a Gun, Thunder Over the Plains (all 1953), Riding Shotgun, The Bounty Hunter (both 1954), Ten Wanted Men, Rage at Dawn, Tall Man Riding, A Lawless Street (all 1955), Seven Men From Now, Seventh Cavalry (both 1956), The Tall T, Shootout at Medicine Bend, Decision at Sundown (all 1957), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958), Ride Lonesome, West bound (both 1959), and Comanche Station (1960) are astonishingly consistent in quality, more "adult" than most Westerns but still up to par in the action quotient expected by the genre's devotees. The best of the lot were written by Burt Kennedy and directed by Budd Boetticher.

    Scott's final film was, arguably, one of his greatest: Ride the High Country (1962, directed by Sam Peckinpah) teamed him with old friend and fellow horse-opera favorite Joel McCrea in a touching, elegiac tale of aged gunfighters, now on opposite sides of the law, reunited in one last adventure. For Scott, it was an altogether fitting vehicle with which to end his screen career. An immensely wealthy man (whom coworkers remember reading "The Wall Street Journal" between scenes) thanks to his investments in real estate, oil development, and the stock market, Scott lived out the remainder of his days in peaceful retirement.
    Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

    1. Ride the High Country (1962) .... Gil Westrum
    2. Comanche Station (1960) .... Jefferson Cody
    3. Ride Lonesome (1959) .... Ben Brigade
    4. Westbound (1959) .... Capt. John Hayes
    5. Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) .... Tom Buchanan
    6. Decision at Sundown (1957) .... Bart Allison
    7. Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) .... Capt. Buck Devlin
    8. The Tall T (1957) .... Pat Brennan
    9. 7th Cavalry (1956) .... Capt. Tom Benson
    10. Seven Men from Now (1956) .... Ben Stride
    11. A Lawless Street (1955) .... Marshal Calem Ware
    12. Tall Man Riding (1955) .... Larry Madden
    13. Rage at Dawn (1955) .... James Barlow
    14. Ten Wanted Men (1955) .... John Stewart
    15. The Bounty Hunter (1954) .... Jim Kipp aka James Collins
    16. Riding Shotgun (1954) .... Larry Delong
    17. Thunder Over the Plains (1953) .... Captain David Porter
    18. The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953) .... Jeff Travis
    19. The Man Behind the Gun (1953) .... Major Ransome Callicut
    20. Hangman's Knot (1952) .... Major Matt
    21. Carson City (1952) .... Silent Jeff Kincaid
    22. Starlift (1951) .... Cameo appearance
    23. Man in the Saddle (1951) .... Owen Merritt
    24. Fort Worth (1951) .... Ned Britt
    25. Santa Fe (1951/I) .... Britt Canfield
    26. Sugarfoot (1951) .... Jackson 'Sugarfoot' Redan
    ... aka Swirl of Glory (USA: reissue title)
    27. The Cariboo Trail (1950) .... Jim Redfern
    28. Colt .45 (1950) .... Steve Farrell
    29. The Nevadan (1950) .... Andrew Barclay
    30. Fighting Man of the Plains (1949) .... Jim Dancer
    31. The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949) .... Bill Doolin aka Bill Daley
    32. Canadian Pacific (1949) .... Tom Andrews
    33. The Walking Hills (1949) .... Jim Carey
    34. Return of the Bad Men (1948) .... Marshal Vance Cordell
    35. Coroner Creek (1948) .... Chris Denning
    36. Albuquerque (1948) .... Cole Armin
    37. Christmas Eve (1947) .... Jonathan 'Johnny')
    38. Gunfighters (1947) .... Brazos Kane
    39. Trail Street (1947) .... Bat
    40. Home, Sweet Homicide (1946) .... Lt. Bill Smith
    41. Badman's Territory (1946) .... Mark Rowley
    42. Abilene Town (1946) .... Dan Mitchell
    43. Captain Kidd (1945) .... Adam Mercy
    44. China Sky (1945) .... Dr. Gray Thompson
    45. Belle of the Yukon (1944) .... Honest John Calhoun aka Gentleman Jack
    46. Gung Ho! (1943) .... Colonel Thorwald
    47. Corvette K-225 (1943) .... Lt. Cmdr. McLain
    48. The Desperadoes (1943) .... 'Sheriff' Steve Upton
    49. Bombardier (1943) .... Capt. Buck Oliver
    50. Pittsburgh (1942) .... John 'Cash' Evans
    51. The Spoilers (1942) .... Alexander McNamara
    52. To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) .... Sgt. Dixie Smith
    53. Paris Calling (1941) .... Nick
    54. Belle Starr (1941) .... Sam Starr
    55. Western Union (1941) .... Vance Shaw
    56. When the Daltons Rode (1940) .... Tod Jackson
    57. My Favorite Wife (1940) .... Stephen Burkett
    58. Virginia City (1940) .... Capt. Vance Irby
    59. 20,000 Men a Year (1939) .... Brad Reynolds
    60. Coast Guard (1939) .... Thomas 'Speed' Bradshaw
    61. Frontier Marshal (1939) .... Wyatt Earp
    62. Susannah of the Mounties (1939) .... Inspector Angus 'Monty' Montague
    63. Jesse James (1939) .... Marshall Will Wright
    64. The Road to Reno (1938) .... Steve Fortness
    65. The Texans (1938) .... Kirk Jordan
    66. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) .... Tony Kent
    67. High, Wide, and Handsome (1937) .... Peter Cortlandt
    68. Go West Young Man (1936) .... Bud Norton
    69. The Last of the Mohicans (1936) .... Hawkeye
    70. And Sudden Death (1936) .... Lt. James Knox
    71. Follow the Fleet (1936) .... Petty Officer 1st Class/Chief Boatswain's Mate Bilge Smith
    72. So Red the Rose (1935) .... Duncan Bedford
    73. She (1935) .... Leo Vincey
    74. Village Tale (1935) .... T.N. 'Slaughter' Somerville
    75. Roberta (1935) .... John Kent
    76. Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935) .... Larry Sutton
    77. Home on the Range (1935) .... Tom Hatfield
    78. Wagon Wheels (1934) .... Clint Belnet
    79. The Last Round-Up (1934) .... Jim Cleve
    80. Broken Dreams (1933) .... Dr. Robert Morley
    81. To the Last Man (1933) .... Lynn Hayden
    82. Man of the Forest (1933) .... Brett Dale
    83. Cocktail Hour (1933) .... Randolph Morgan
    84. Sunset Pass (1933) .... Ash Preston
    85. Supernatural (1933) .... Grant Wilson
    86. Murders in the Zoo (1933) .... Dr. Jack Woodford
    87. The Thundering Herd (1933) .... Tom Doan
    88. Hello, Everybody! (1933) .... Hunt Blake
    89. Island of Lost Souls (1933) (uncredited) .... Beast
    90. Wild Horse Mesa (1932) .... Chane Weymer
    91. Hot Saturday (1932) .... Bill Fadden
    92. Heritage of the Desert (1932) .... Jack Hare
    93. A Successful Calamity (1932) .... Larry Rivers, the Polo Coach
    94. Sky Bride (1932) (uncredited) .... Captain Frank Robertson
    95. Women Men Marry (1931) .... Steve Bradley
    96. Born Reckless (1930) (uncredited) .... Joan's Rejected Suitor
    97. Dynamite (1929) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
    98. The Virginian (1929) (uncredited) .... Rider extra
    99. Sailor's Holiday (1929) (uncredited)
    100. The Black Watch (1929) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
    101. The Far Call (1929) .... Helms
    102. Weary River (1929) (uncredited) .... Man in Audience
    103. Sharp Shooters (1928) (uncredited) .... Foreign Serviceman in Moroccan Cafe

    1. Comanche Station (1960) (producer) (uncredited)
    2. Ride Lonesome (1959) (producer) (uncredited)
    3. Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) (associate producer)
    ... aka The Name's Buchanan (USA)
    4. Decision at Sundown (1957) (associate producer)
    5. The Tall T (1957) (associate producer)
    6. 7th Cavalry (1956) (associate producer)
    7. A Lawless Street (1955) (associate producer)
    ... aka Marshal of Medicine Bend (USA)
    8. Ten Wanted Men (1955) (producer)
    9. The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953) (associate producer)
    10. Hangman's Knot (1952) (associate producer)
    11. Man in the Saddle (1951) (associate producer)
    ... aka The Outcast (UK)
    12. The Nevadan (1950) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Man from Nevada (UK)
    13. The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949) (associate producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Great Manhunt (UK)
    14. The Walking Hills (1949) (producer) (uncredited)

    Miscellaneous Crew
    1. The Virginian (1929) (dialect coach) (uncredited)

    1. "Celebrity Golf"
    ... aka The Golf Channel Presents Celebrity Golf with Sam Snead (USA)
    - Randolph Scott (1960) TV Episode .... Himself
    2. Screen Snapshots: Men of the West (1953) .... Himself - Ralph Staub's Guest
    3. Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes Western (1951) .... Himself
    4. Follow the Boys (1944) .... Himself
    ... aka Three Cheers for the Boys (USA)
    5. Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935) .... Himself - Cameo appearance

    Archive Footage
    1. Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV) .... Himself
    2. Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004) (TV) .... Himself
    3. Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) (TV) .... Himself
    4. Classe américaine, La (1993) .... Joel Hammond
    5. Gunfighters of the Old West (1992) (V) (uncredited) .... Townsman
    6. Hooray for Hollywood (1975)
    7. Hollywood My Home Town (1965) .... Himself
    8. Wagon Wheels (1953) .... Wagon-Master
    9. Land of Liberty (1939)

    Here is
    Randolph Scotts- Video Gallery
    Internet Archive

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 12 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Randolph Scott, like James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and just a few more,
    are held in the highest esteem by our members.


    Sadly he only made 2 films with Duke, and they were,

    Pittsburgh (1942) .... John 'Cash' Evans
    The Spoilers (1942) .... Alexander McNamara

    In the film The Spoilers , Duke and Scott, tore up the set, in a brawl of he-man proportions, and the bedlam pleased critics and audiences alike.

    One reviewer called the fight


    A minor masterpiece of stunt action.

    However, in the film Pittsburgh , the duplicate fist fight from The Spoilers ,didn't excite the audiences, who found the film disappointing,and routine.
    Critics found it synthetic,and labeled it's message, glossy propaganda.

    Here's a link below, to another thread,
    Randolph Scott Westerns

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • My first introduction to Randolph Scott was in Shirley Temple films :o !

    He is obviously MUCH better known as a cowboy :cowboy: !

    Here is one site, with some little-known information -

    (Scottish Rite Journal)

    Mrs. C :angel1:

  • Thanks Keith and Mrs. C for the great information on him. This is really great in knowing who they are.

    Cheers B)


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • The one and only film I ever saw Randolph Scott in (until sometiems after we got cable TV) was Gung Ho - which was only played about once a year on PBS. I like him and all but, am not a big fan of his, at this time. That might change though, because I thought he was brilliant in: To the SHores of Tripoli which also starred our beloved: Maureen O'Hara and a name sound-a-like: John Payne.

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  • Hi,
    I enjoying his later westerns as well. Funny, but before I saw mostly his non-western movies like Captain Kidd, Following the Fleet and Roberta. But the first movie I ever saw was western Virginia City - quite interesting one with Errol Flynn and Humprey Bogart as a mexican outlaw. But of course his best is in the western movies of 50-s. I like 7 Man from Now mostly.

  • Ringo,

    If you can rent any of his cowboy movies from the local video store, do it. Several of his westerns are very good.

    Chester :newyear:

    Hi Chester, no luck in being able to rent his stuff here. We do have many vidoe stores but, for some reason, they don't like carrying older more classic type of movies. I just about have given up on rental stores here.

    One Randolph Scott movie I have been itching to see, is: "7th Cavalry." I plan on ordering it from DDDvD sometime - along with some Larry "Buster" Crabbe and Three Mesquiteer movies. I think most of these are for sale there for about $5-6 bucks each.

    Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

  • Yes, probably the best final film for any star along with Gable in The Misfits.

    Randolph Scott, Cary Grant and James Cagney were right to retire in their early sixties.

  • I'm glad it seems that he had a good retirement and his second marriage was for over 40 years.

    Greetings from North of the 49th

  • Thanks Jim for this information. I was waiting for them since I saw 7Man from Now. I even ordered poor tv copies from ioffer.com (waiting right now) , but I'm planning to buy this set too. I enjoy RS westerns always and 2 movies of Boetticher which I saw make me feel very respectful of this director.