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RANDOLPH SCOTT IS DEAD AT 89; LACONIC COWBOY-FILM ACTOR   March 03, 1987

Randolph Scott, a versatile leading man who later specialized in playing the quiet-talking, fast-drawing hero of westerns, died today at his Bel-Air home. He was 89 years old. The actor's son-in-law, Sam Tyler, said Mr. Scott died in his sleep. He had been ill in recent years with a weak heart and several bouts of pneumonia. Mr. Scott, born in Virginia, entered films in 1929 and became a leading man in the mid-1930's with such movies as ''She,'' ''The Last Round-Up,'' ''The Last of the Mohicans,'' ''High, Wide and Handsome'' and ''Jesse James.'' He also appeared in such musicals as ''Roberta'' and ''Follow the Fleet,'' both with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as in such screwball comedies as ''My Favorite Wife'' with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.
Randolph Scott - Ride the High Country
During World War II and after, Mr. Scott portrayed military heroes in such films as ''Corvette K-225,'' ''Bombardier,'' ''Gung Ho!'' and ''China Sky.' But his most lasting career was in westerns. He starred in about two dozen, including ''Santa Fe,'' ''Fort Worth,'' ''Man in the Saddle,'' ''Man Behind the Gun,'' ''Ten Wanted Men,'' ''Ride Lonesome'' and ''Comanche Station.'' One of his films, ''Sugarfoot,'' became a television series starring Will Hutchins. Laconic On and Off Screen

''All the old movies are turning up on television,'' he said upon retiring in 1963, ''and frankly, making pictures doesn't interest me too much any more.'' His last film was ''Ride the High Country'' in 1962, in which he starred with another longtime western hero, Joel McCrea, under the direction of Sam Peckinpah. Mr. Scott, slender and 6-foot-2, was as laconic off screen as he was in his westerns. ''Frankly, I don't like publicity,'' he said in a 1961 interview. ''I always remember something that David Belasco said and had incorporated in the contracts of his stars. His theory was, 'Never let yourself be seen in public unless they pay for it.'

''To me, that makes sense. The most glamorous, the most fascinating star our business ever had was Garbo. Why? Because she kept herself from the public. Each member of the audience had his own idea of what she was really like. But take the other stars of today. There is no mystery about them. The public knows what kind of toothpaste they use, whether they sleep in men's pajamas and every intimate fact of their lives. When I read publicity about them, I can tell just which press agent they employ.''

From 1950-53, Mr. Scott was among Hollywood's Top 10 box office draws.
Other western hits were ''Gunfighters,'' ''Coroner Creek,'' ''The Doolins of Oklahoma,'' ''The Nevadan,'' ''Wild Horse Mesa,'' ''The Thundering Herd,'' ''Belle Starr,'' ''Virginia City,'' ''Belle of the Yukon'' and ''Colt .45,'' which also became a television series. He Was Seldom the Outlaw

In ''The Doolins of Oklahoma,'' Mr. Scott played an outlaw for a change. Generally, though, the cowboys he played appeared on the scene ''to clean up the town.'' He did so in ''Abilene Town,'' ''Trail Street,'' ''Albuquerque,'' ''The Walking Hills'' and ''Carson City,'' among others.

Mr. Scott once said of western pictures: ''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.'' Born Randolph Crane on Jan. 23, 1898, in Orange County, Va., Mr. Scott was educated at Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina. He enlisted in World War I by lying about his age.

After the war, he came to California and enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse, spawning ground of many future stars. He began by playing a bit role in ''The Far Call'' in 1929. Mr. Scott and his wife, the former Patricia Stillman, were married 43 years ago Tuesday.
He is survived by his wife, a son, Christopher Scott, a daughter, Sandra Scott Tyler, and three grandchildren.

He enjoyed 26 years of post Hollywood life living in Bel Aire, California, managing his shrewd investments in oil wells, real estate and securities said to exceed $100 million dollars. He played golf daily while enjoying his family and avoiding the film industry. Randolph Scott died at age 89 at his Bel Aire residence. His remains were returned to his boyhood home and interred in the family plot beside his parents in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte. The Statler Brothers wrote a popular song after his retirement, "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" The song was poignant, it not only was a epitaph to the finish of Randolph Scott's career but every other Hollywood cowboy star as the era of the Western movie was over. A bit of legacy remains in Charlotte, the house constructed by his parents and where Randolph Scott spent his boyhood days growing up and made frequent visits back is still in excellent condition but privately owned. It is known as "The Randolph Scott House.

Randolph Scott Westerns

Abilene Town (1946)
B&W - 89 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Ann Dorvak, Edgar Buchanan, Rhonda Fleming & Lloyd Bridges.
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
 
Albuquerque (1948)
Color - 90 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lon Chaney Jr. & Russell Hayden.
Directed by Ray Enright
 
Badman's Territory (1946)
B&W - 97 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Ann Richards, Ray Collins & Morgan Conway.
Directed by Tim Whelan
 
Belle of the Yukon (1944)
Color - 83 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns, Charles Winninger & Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Directed by William A. Seiter
Two Oscar Nominations (Best Song & Best Music)
 
Belle Starr (1941)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Shepperd Strudwick & Chil Wills.
Directed by Irving Cummings
 
The Bounty Hunter (1954)
Color - 79 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Dolores Dorn, Marie Windsor, Howard Petrie & Harry Antrim.
Directed by André De Toth
 
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Color - 78 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley, Tol Avery & Peter Whitney.
Directed by Budd Boetticher
 
Canadian Pacific (1949)
Color - 95 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carroll Naish, Victor Jory & Nancy Olson.
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
 
The Cariboo Trail (1950)
Color - 81 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Bill Williams, Karin Booth & Victor Jory.
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
 
Carson City (1952)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Lucille Norman, Raymond Massey, Richard Webb & James Millican.
Directed by André De Toth
 Randolph Scott - Hangmans Knot
Colt .45 (1950)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, Zachary Scott, Lloyd Bridges & Alan Hale
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
 
Comanche Station (1960)
Color - 74 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins & Skip Homeier
Directed by Budd Boetticher
 
Coroner Creek (1948)
Color - 90 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Marguerite Chapman, George Macready, Edgar Buchanan & Forrest Tucker
Directed by Ray Enright
 
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Color - 77 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele, Valerie French & Noah Beery Jr.
Directed by Budd Boetticher
 
The Desperadoes (1943)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes & Edgar Buchanan
Directed by Charles Vidor
 
The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
B&W - 90 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, George Macready, Louise Allbritton, John Ireland & Virginia Huston
Directed by Gordon Douglas
 
Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)
Color - 94 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Bill Williams, Victor Jory, Douglas Kennedy & Jane Nigh
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
 
Fort Worth (1951)
Color - 80 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, David Brian, Phyllis Thaxter, Helena Carter & Dickie Jones
Directed by Edwin L. Marin

Frontier Marshal (1939)
B&W - 71 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Cesar Romero, Nancy Kelly, Binnie Barnes & John Carradine
Directed by Allan Dwan
 
Gunfighters (1947)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Barbara Ritton, Bruce Cabot, Forrest Tucker & Charley Grapewin
Directed by George Waggner
Zane Grey wrote the novel upon which Gunfighters was based.
 
Hangman's Knot (1952)
Color - 81 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Frank Faylen, Richard Denning & Lee Marvin
Directed by Roy Huggins
Highly regarded western which ranks alongside the Scott-Boetticher vehicles of a few years later.

 High, Wide and Handsome (1937)
B&W - 110 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Irene Dunne, Dorothy Lamour, Charles Bickford, Akim Tamiroff & Elizabeth Patterson
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
A historical musical western comedy melodrama with several rousing musical numbers by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.
 
 Jesse James (1939)
Color - 106 mins
Starring Tyrone, Power, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott, Nancy Kelly, Henry Hull & Brian Donlevy
Directed by Henry King
 
 The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
B&W - 91 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Binnie Bbarnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot, Heather Angel & Robert Barrat
Directed by George B. Seitz
Oscar Nominated for Best Assistant Director!
 
 A Lawless Street (1955)
Color - 78 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Angela Lansbury, Warner Anderson, Jean Parker & Wallace Ford
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
 
 The Man Behind the Gun (1953)
Color - 82 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Patrice Wymore, Dick Wesson, Philip Carey & Roy Roberts
Directed by Felix E. Feist
 
 Man of the Forest (1933) - 62 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Verna Hillie, Harry Carey, Noah Beery, Barton MacLane, Buster Crabbe & Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Based on a Zane Grey story, Man of the Forest was re-released as Challenge of the Frontier (1933)
 
 Man in the Saddle (1951)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, Ellen Drew, Alexander Knox & John Russell.
Directed by André De Toth
 
 The Nevadan (1950)
Color - 81 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Forrest Tucker, Frank Faylen & George Macready.
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Another fine production from the team of star Randolph Scott and producer Harry Joe Brown.
 
 Rage at Dawn (1955)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers, J. Carrol Naish & Edgar Buchanan
Directed by Tim Whelan
 
 Return of the Bad Men (1948)
B&W - 90 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys, George 'Gabby' Hayes & Lex Barker
Directed by Ray Enright
 
 Ride Lonesome (1959)
Color - 73 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best, Lee Van Cleef & James Coburn
Directed by Budd Boetticher
Another wonderful western from the  Scott / Boetticher / Kennedy combination
 
 Ride the High Country (1962)
Color - 94 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr & Edgar Buchanan
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Randolph Scott's last film!
 
Riding Shotgun (1954)
Color - 73 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon, Joe Sawyer, James Millican & Charles Bronson
Directed by André De Toth
 
 The Road to Reno (1938)
B&W - 72 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Hope Hampton, Glenda Farrell, Alan Marshal & David Oliver
Directed by S. Sylvan Simon
 
 Rocky Mountain Mystery (aka The Fighting Westerner) (1935)
B&W - 83 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Charles 'Chic' Sale, Mrs. Leslie Carter, Willie Fung & Ann Sheridan
Directed by Charles Barton
 
Santa Fe (1951)
Color - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland, Peter M. Thompson & John Archer
Directed by Irving Pichel
Perfect Technicolor print!
 
 Seven Men from Now (1956)
Color - 78 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin, Walter Reed, John Larch & Don 'Red' Barry
Directed by Budd Boetticher
 
 7th Cavalry (1956)
Color - 75 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Barbara Hale, Jay C. Flippen, Frank Faylen & Leo Gordon.
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
 
 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
B&W - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson, Dani Crayne & James Garner
Directed by Richard L. Bare
 
 The Spoilers (1942)
B&W - 87 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay & Harry Carey
Directed by Ray Enright
Oscar Nominated for Best Art Direction.
 
 The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
Color - 83 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Joan Weldon, George Macready, Lee Marvin & Ernest Borgnine
Directed by André De Toth
 
 Sugarfoot (1951) - (aka Swirl of Glory)
Color - 80 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Adele Jergens, Raymond Massey & S. Z. Sakall
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
 
 Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
B&W - 78 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Shirley Temple, Margaret Lockwood, Martin Good Reader, J. Farrell MacDonald, Moroni Olsen & Victor Jory
Directed by Walter Lang & William A. Seiter
 
Second of two films that Shirley Temple did with Randolph Scott - the other being Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)- also available from this website (although not in this section, since its not a Randolph Scott Western).
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) can be found in the INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES section.
 
 Tall Man Riding (1955)
Color - 83 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle, William Ching, John Dehner & Robert Barrat
Directed by Lesley Selander
 
The Tall T (1957)
Color - 78 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Hunnicutt & Skip Homeier
Directed by Budd Boetticher
 
 Ten Wanted Men (1955)
Color - 80 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Jocelyn Brando, Leo Gordon, Lee Van Cleef & Skip Homeier
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Richard Boone in a strong supporting role.
 
 The Texans (1938)
B&W - 92 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Joan Bennett, May Robson, Walter Brennan, Robert Cummings & Raymond Hatton
Directed by James P. Hogan
 
The Thundering Herd (1933)
B&W - 60 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Judith Allan, Buster Crabbe, Noah Beery, Harry Carey & Raymond Hatton
Directed by Henry Hathaway
From the pen of Zane Grey The Thundering Herd was first filmed by Paramount in 1925, with Jack Holt in the lead.
The Thundering Herd was re-released as Buffalo Stampede
 
 Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
Color - 82 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk, Charles McGraw & Henry Hull
Directed by André De Toth
 
 To the Last Man (1933)
B&W - 70 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, Jack La Rue, Buster Crabbe, Barton MacLane & Noah Beery
Directed by Henry Hathaway
From the pen of Zane Grey, To the Last Man manages to pack plenty of A-level production values into what was essentially a B-picture budget.
 
 Trail Street (1947)
B&W - 84 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys, George 'Gabby' Hayes & Steve Brodie
Directed by Ray Enright
 
 Virginia City (1940) - 121 mins
Starring Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, Miriam Hopkins, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale & Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Directed by Michael Curtiz
 
Wagon Wheels (1934)
B&W - 60 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick, Billy Lee, Monte Blue, Raymond Hatton & Jan Duggan
Directed by Charles Barton
 
 The Walking Hills (1949)
B&W - 78 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, William Bishop, Edgar Buchanan & Arthur Kennedy
Directed by John Sturges
Excellent B&W print.
 
Westbound (1959)
Color - 72 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Virginia Mayo, Karen Steele, Michael Dante, Andrew Duggan & Michael Pate
Directed by Budd Boetticher
 
Western Union (1941)
Color - 95 mins
Starring Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore & John Carradine
Directed by Fritz Lang
 
 When the Daltons Rode (1940)
B&W - 81 mins
Starring Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Brian Donlevy, George Bancroft & Broderick Crawford
Directed by George Marshall
 

 

 

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