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Randolph Scott

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.

Randolph Scott

Filmography

1928      

Sharp Shooters

 

1929      

Weary River

The Far Call

The Black Watch

Sailor’s Holiday

The Virginian

Dynamite

 

1930      

Born Reckless

 

1931      

Women Men Marry

 

1932      

Sky Bride

A Successful Calamity

Heritage of the Desert

Hot Saturday

Wild Horse Mesa

 

1933      

Hello, Everybody!

The Thundering Herd

Murders in the Zoo

Supernatural

Sunset Pass

Cocktail Hour

Man of the Forest

To the Last Man

Broken Dreams

 

1934      

The Last Round-Up

Wagon Wheels

 

1935      

Home on the Range

Rocky Mountain Mystery

Roberta

Village Tale

She

So Red the Rose

 

1936      

Follow the Fleet

And Sudden Death

The Last of the Mohicans

Go West, Young Man

 

1937      

High, Wide, and Handsome

 

1938      

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

The Texans

The Road to Reno

 

1939      

Jesse James

Susannah of the Mounties

Frontier Marshal

Coast Guard

20,000 Men a Year

 

1940      

Virginia City

My Favorite Wife

When the Daltons Rode

 

1941

Western Union

Belle Starr

Paris Calling

 

1942      

To the Shores of Tripoli

The Spoilers

Pittsburgh

 

1943      

Bombardier

The Desperadoes

Corvette K-225

Gung Ho!

 

1944      

Follow the Boys

Belle of the Yukon

 

1945      

China Sky

Captain Kidd

 

1946      

Abilene Town

Badman’s Territory

Home, Sweet Homicide

 

1947      

Trail Street

Gunfighters

Christmas Eve

 

1948      

Albuquerque

Coroner Creek

Return of the Bad Men

 

1949      

The Walking Hills

Canadian Pacific

The Doolins of Oklahoma

Fighting Man of the Plains

 

1950      

The Nevadan

Colt .45

The Cariboo Trail

 

1951      

Sugarfoot

Santa Fe

Fort Worth

Starlift

 

1952      

Carson City

Man in the Saddle

Hangman’s Knot

 

1953      

The Man Behind the Gun

The Stranger Wore a Gun

Thunder Over the Plains

 

1954      

Riding Shotgun

The Bounty Hunter

 

1955      

Ten Wanted Men

Rage at Dawn

Tall Man Riding

A Lawless Street

 

1956      

Seven Men from Now

7th Cavalry

 

1957      

The Tall T

Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend

Decision at Sundown

 

1958      

Buchanan Rides Alone

 

1959      

Westbound

Ride Lonesome

 

1960      

Comanche Station

 

1962      

Ride the High Country

Awards

Randolph Scott was never nominated for an Academy Award.

[about Westerns] They have been the mainstay of the industry ever since its beginning. And they have been good to me. Westerns are a type of picture which everybody can see and enjoy. Westerns always make money. And they always increase a star’s fan following.Randolph Scott

 

George Randolph Scott was born on January 23, 1898 in Orange County, Virginia, but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, the second of six children. His father was George Grant Scott, 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.

Because of his family’s financial status, young Randolph was able to attend private schools. From an early age, Scott developed and displayed an athletic trait, excelling in football, baseball, horse racing, and swimming.

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 Regiment. His wartime experience gave him training that was put to use in his later film career, including horsemanship and the use of firearms

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 in 1919.

With his military career over, Scott continued his education at Georgia Tech where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and set his sights on becoming an all-American football player. However, a back injury prevented him from achieving this goal. Scott then transferred to the University of North Carolina, where he majored in textile engineering and manufacturing. 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

In 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 Howard Hughes and provided a letter of introduction for his son to present to the eccentric millionaire filmmaker. Hughes responded by getting Scott a small part in a George O’Brien film called 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.

For the next few years, Scott continued working as an extra and bit player in several films, including Weary River (1929) with Richard Barthelmess, The Far Call (1929), The Black Watch (1929) (directed by John Ford with John Wayne also uncredited) and The Virginian (1929) with Gary Cooper

Scott was also uncredited on Dynamite (1929) directed by Cecil B. De Mille and Born Reckless (1930).

On the advice of director Cecil B. DeMille, Scott gained much-needed acting experience by performing in stage plays with the Pasadena Playhouse.

In 1931 Scott played his first leading role (with Sally Blane) in Women Men Marry (1931), a film, now apparently lost, that was made by a Poverty Row studio called Headline Pictures.

He followed that movie with a supporting part in a Warner Bros. production starring George Arliss, A Successful Calamity (1932).

In 1932 Scott appeared in a play at the Vine Street Theatre in Hollywood entitled Under a Virginia Moon. His performance in this play resulted in several offers for screen tests by the major movie studios. Scott eventually signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures at a salary of US$400 per week.

Scott’s first role under his new Paramount contract was a small supporting part in a comedy called Sky Bride (1932) starring Richard Arlen and Jack Oakie.

Following that, however, Paramount cast him as the lead in Heritage of the Desert (1932), his first significant starring role and also the one that established him as a Western hero. As with Women Men Marry, Sally Blane was his leading lady. The film was popular, and Scott would go on to make ten “B” Western films loosely based on the novels of Zane Grey.

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

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.

Scott returned to Zane Grey Westerns with Wild Horse Mesa (1932), then was the romantic male lead in Hello, Everybody! (1933), an odd one-shot attempt to make a film star out of the popular but heavy-set radio singer Kate Smith.

The Thundering Herd (1933) was another Zane Grey Western. Then he was in two horror movies, Murders in the Zoo (1933) with Lionel Atwill and Supernatural (1933) with Carole Lombard.

After the Western Sunset Pass (1933), Paramount loaned Scott to Columbia, to play Bebe Daniels’ love interest in a minor romantic comedy called Cocktail Hour (1933).

Back at Paramount Scott did the Westerns Man of the Forest (1933) and To the Last Man (1933), both with Hathaway from Grey novels. He was loaned to Monogram Pictures for Broken Dreams (1933) then was back with Hathaway for The Last Round-Up (1934).

Scott did three more Zane Grey Westerns, Wagon Wheels (1934) directed by Charles Barton, Home on the Range (1935) from Arthur Jacobson, and Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935) with Barton.

Paramount loaned Scott to RKO Radio Pictures to support Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Irene Dunne in Roberta (1935), a hugely popular adaptation of the Broadway musical.

RKO liked Scott and kept him on for Village Tale (1935), directed by John Cromwell, and She (1935), an adaptation of the classic novel by H. Rider Haggard from the makers of King Kong.

Randolph Scott