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Lizabeth Scott on screen and stage

Lizabeth Scott (1922–2015) appeared in 22 feature films from 1945 to 1972. In addition to stage and radio, she appeared on television from the late 1940s to early 1970s.

StageEdit

Lizabeth Scott attended Scranton's Central High School, where she performed in several plays. After graduating, she spent the summer working with the Mae Desmond Players[1] at a stock theater in the nearby community of Newfoundland.[2] She then travelled down to Abingdon, Virginia and worked at the Barter Theatre.[3] After an 18-month tour of 63 cities across the US with one of the three Hellzapoppin companies touring the US, Scott returned to New York City in the spring of 1942, where she joined a summer stock company at the 52nd Street Theatre[4] on the subway circuit,[5] the then equivalent of off-Broadway. Eventually, she starred as Sadie Thompson in John Colton's play Rain (1923). This role lead to Scott being chosen for as understudy for Tallulah Bankhead's Sabina, the leading lady role in the first Broadway production of The Skin of Our Teeth. Scott only played Sabina twice on Broadway, but replaced Miriam Hopkins for two weeks in the Boston run. As a Paramount contract player, Scott returned to the stage in 1949 as the titular character in Anna Lucasta.

No. Title, US production run Company,
producer
Director,
playwright
Scott's role Leading man Costars
1 Rain (Off-Broadway 1942 run) 52nd Street Theatre Company John Colton (playwright) Sadie Thompson
2 Hellzapoppin (National tour 1940–1942 run) John Olsen and Harold Johnson (playwrights) Elizabeth Scott Billy House Eddie Garr
3 The Skin of Our Teeth (Broadway 1942–1943 run) Michael Myerberg (producer) Elia Kazan, Thornton Wilder Girl/Drum Majorette, Sabina Fredric March Tallulah Bankhead,
Montgomery Clift, E. G. Marshall
4 The Skin of Our Teeth (Boston 1943 run) Michael Myerberg Thornton Wilder Sabina
5 Anna Lucasta (Princeton, New Jersey 1949 run) Philip Yordan (playwright) Anna Lucasta
6 Anna Lucasta (East Hartford, Connecticut 1949 run) Philip Yordan Anna Lucasta

FilmographyEdit

Though Lizabeth Scott began as a comedian on stage (Hellzapoppin, The Skin of Our Teeth), her film career is associated with film noir by film historians and public alike. Of the 22 feature films she starred in, 15 of them are noir-themed. Scott appeared in traditional black-and-white noirs, as well as noir variants, which include Western (Silver Lode), color (Desert Fury), comedy (Scared Stiff), Science Fiction (Stolen Face) and drama (The Company She Keeps).

With the exception of her Variety Girl cameo, Scott was the leading lady for all films she appeared in (she shared top billing with Barbara Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers). While Scott was signed to Paramount Pictures, she was often on loan to other studios, as was the standard practice during the studio system era. She worked with half of the eight major studios during the Golden Age of film. As a result, almost half her output and several of her best known films were with studios other than Paramount.[6]

* indicates films in the public domain. See cites for copyright renewal dates.

No. US release Year Title Role Studio,
producer
Director,
screenwriter
Scott's role Leading man Costars Notes
1 1945 You Came Along*[7] Ivy Hotchkiss Paramount,
Hal Wallis
John Farrow, Ayn Rand Ivy "Hotcha" Hotchkiss Robert Cummings Don DeFore,
Charles Drake,
Helen Forrest,
Kim Hunter
2 1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers*[8] Toni Marachek Hal Wallis Productions/
Paramount,
Hal Wallis
Lewis Milestone, Robert Rossen Antonia "Toni" Marachek Van Heflin Barbara Stanwyck,
Kirk Douglas
3 1947 Dead Reckoning [9][10] 'Dusty' Chandler Columbia,
Sidney Biddell
John Cromwell, Steve Fisher Coral "Dusty" Chandler Humphrey Bogart Morris Carnovsky,
William Prince,
Marvin Miller
4 1947 Desert Fury[11][12] Paula Haller Paramount,
Hal Wallis
Lewis Allen, Robert Rossen Paula Haller John Hodiak Burt Lancaster,
Mary Astor,
Wendell Corey,
Kristine Miller
5 1947 Variety Girl[13][14] Lizabeth Scott Paramount,
Daniel Dare
George Marshall, Monte Brice Herself Burt Lancaster Mary Hatcher,
Olga San Juan
6 1947 I Walk Alone[15][16] Kay Lawrence Paramount,
Hal Wallis
Byron Haskin, Charles Schnee Kay Lawrence Burt Lancaster Kirk Douglas,
Kristine Miller,
Wendell Corey
7 1948 Pitfall*[17] Mona Stevens United Artists,
Samuel Bischoff
Andre DeToth,
Karl Kamb
Mona Stevens Dick Powell Jane Wyatt,
Raymond Burr,
Byron Barr,
Ann Doran
8 1949 Too Late for Tears*[18] Jane Palmer United Artists,
Hunt Stromberg
Byron Haskin,
Roy Huggins
Jane Palmer Don DeFore Dan Duryea,
Arthur Kennedy,
Kristine Miller
9 1949 Easy Living[19][20] Liza Wilson RKO,
Robert Sparks
Jacques Tourneur,
Irwin Shaw
Liza "Lize" Wilson Victor Mature Lucille Ball,
Sonny Tufts,
Lloyd Nolan,
Jack Paar
10 1950 Paid in Full*[21] Jane Langley Paramount,
Hal Wallis
William Dieterle,
Robert Blees
Jane Langley Robert Cummings Diana Lynn,
Eve Arden,
Ray Collins
11 1950 Dark City[22][23] Fran Garland Paramount,
Hal Wallis
William Dieterle,
John Meredyth Lucas
Fran Garland Charlton Heston Viveca Lindfors,
Dean Jagger,
Don DeFore,
Jack Webb,
Harry Morgan
12 1951 The Company She Keeps[24][25] Joan Willburn RKO,
John Houseman
John Cromwell,
Ketti Frings
Joan Willburn Dennis O'Keefe Jane Greer,
Fay Baker,
John Hoyt
13 1951 Two of a Kind[26][27] Brandy Kirby Columbia,
William Dozier
Henry Levin, Lawrence Kimble Brandy Kirby Edmond O'Brien Terry Moore,
Alexander Knox,
Griff Barnett
14 1951 The Racket[28][29] Irene Hayes RKO,
Edmund Grainger
John Cromwell,
William Wister Haines
Irene Hayes Robert Mitchum Robert Ryan,
Ray Collins,
William Talman,
Joyce Mackenzie,
Robert Conrad
15 1951 Red Mountain[30][31] Chris Paramount,
Hal Wallis
William Dieterle,
George W. George
Chris Alan Ladd Arthur Kennedy,
John Ireland,
Jeff Corey,
Neville Brand
16 1952 Stolen Face[32][33] Alice Brent / Lily Conover Hammer/Lippert,
Anthony Hinds
Terence Fisher,
Martin Berkeley
Alice Brent/
Lily Conover (after surgery)
Paul Henreid André Morell,
Mary Mackenzie
17 1953 Scared Stiff[34][35] Mary Carroll Paramount,
Hal Wallis
George Marshall, Herbert Baker Mary Carroll Dean Martin Jerry Lewis,
Carmen Miranda
18 1953 Bad for Each Other[36][37] Helen Curtis Columbia,
William Fadiman
Irving Rapper, Irving Wallace Helen Curtis Charlton Heston Dianne Foster,
Mildred Dunnock,
Ray Collins
19 1954 Silver Lode[38][39] Rose Evans RKO,
Benedict Bogeaus
Allan Dwan, Karen DeWolf Rose Evans John Payne Dan Duryea,
Dolores Moran,
Alan Hale Jr.,
Stuart Whitman
20 1956 The Weapon[40][41] Elsa Jenner Periclean Productions,
Irving H. Levin
Val Guest, Fred Freiberger Elsa Jenner Steve Cochran Jon Whiteley,
Herbert Marshall
George Cole
21 1957 Loving You[42][43] Glenda Markle Paramount,
Hal Wallis
Hal Kanter, Herbert Baker Glenda Markle Elvis Presley Wendell Corey,
Dolores Hart
22 1972 Pulp[44][45] Betty Cippola United Artists,
Michael Klinger
Mike Hodges
(both)
Princess Betty Cippola Michael Caine Mickey Rooney,
Lionel Stander,
Nadia Cassini
(final film role)

RadioEdit

During the Golden Age of Radio, Scott would reprise her film roles in abridged radio versions. Typical were her appearances on Lux Radio Theatre: You Came Along with Van Johnson in the Robert Cummings role and I Walk Alone.[46] Scott would also recreate on radio the original film roles of other actresses such as Loretta Young (The Perfect Marriage) and Veronica Lake (Saigon). Scott would even reprise Barbara Stanwyck's role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. One notable radio performance was the Molle Mystery Theatre episode, Female Of The Species, in which Scott is Eva Lester, the owner of a beauty salon. Lester tries to murder the rich wife of a man she is having an affair with.[47] Scott was also a guest host/narrator on Family Theater.[48]

No. Title, US release year Studio,
producer
Director,
script-writer
Scott's
role
Leading
man
Costars
1 Lux Radio Theatre
"You Came Along"
(January 7, 1946)[49]
CBS Fred MacKaye,
Robert Smith
Ivy "Hotcha" Hotchkiss Van Johnson Don DeFore,
Colleen Collins,
Jeff Corey,
Betty Bryan
2 Molle Mystery Theatre
"Female Of The Species"
(June 7, 1946)[49]
NBC Irene Winslow (script-writer) Eva Lester
3 Family Theater
"The Perfect Wife"
(November 13, 1947)[50]
Family Theater Productions James Fee
(script-writer)
Herself (hostess/
narrator)
Ralph Morgan Spring Byington
4 Proudly We Hail
"The Triumphant Road"
(1948)[49]
US Army/
Air Force
Eddie Skrivanek (director)
5 The Screen Guild Theater
"Desert Fury"
(January 12, 1948)[49]
CBS,
Bill Lawrence
Bill Lawrence
(director)
Paula Haller John Hodiak Burt Lancaster,
Mary Astor,
Wendall Corey
6 Lux Radio Theatre
"The Perfect Marriage"
(December 4, 1948)[51]
CBS Jenny Williams Ray Milland
7 Lux Radio Theatre
"I Walk Alone"
(May 24, 1948)[49]
CBS Kay Lawrence Burt Lancaster Kirk Douglas,
Wendell Corey
8 Lux Radio Theatre
"Pitfall"
(November 8, 1948)
CBS Mona Stevens Dick Powell Jane Wyatt
9 Radio City Playhouse
"Machine"
(August 18, 1949)[52]
NBC,
Richard P. McDonough
Harry W. Junkin (director and script-writer) Mary Hillman
10 Lux Radio Theatre
"Saigon"
(September 5, 1949)[51]
CBS Susan Cleaver John Lund
11 Lux Radio Theatre
"California"
(January 30, 1950)[51]
CBS Lily Bishop Ray Milland
12 Stars Over Hollywood
"Night Operator"
(March 29, 1952)[49]
CBS Paul Pierce (director) Laurie Ann McCrae Harry Bartell Verna Felton,
Don Diamond,
Louise Arthur,
Sidney Miller
13 Stars In The Air
"The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers"
(April 17, 1952)[49]
CBS Harry Cronman (director, script-writer) Martha Ivers Dan Duryea Joseph Kearns,
Herb Vigran,
Bob Sweeney
14 Guest Star
"The Coward"
(March 20, 1955)[50]
US Treasury Department Louis Graf (director) John Larch Dick Beals,
Frank Nelson

TelevisionEdit

Lizabeth Scott transitioned from the radio versions of programs she previously voiced. She continued to guest host for the television version of Family Theater, as well as acting in the then new Lux Video Theatre. Returning to her vaudeville origins, she also appeared in variety programs like the Colgate Comedy Hour and made her singing debut on The Big Record.[53] The 1960s saw Scott continuing to guest-star on television, including a notable 1960 episode of Adventures in Paradise, "The Amazon," opposite Gardner McKay.[54] In Burke's Law "Who Killed Cable Roberts?" (1963), she appears as the widow of a celebrity big game hunter.[55] Scott returned to 20th Century Fox to film "The Luck of Harry Lime" (1965), an episode of The Third Man. She was directed by her former costar Paul Henreid from Stolen Face.[56] She also appeared on the occasional game show opposite actors like John Wayne and George Hamilton.

No. Title, US release year Studio,
producer
Director,
screen-
writer
Scott's
role
Leading
man
Costars
1 Family Theater
"The Denver Express"
(August 31, 1949)*
St. Paul Films Herself
(hostess,
narrator)
Regis Toomey
2 The Colgate Comedy Hour
(October 19, 1952)*
NBC, Colgate Palmolive Edward Sobel;
John Grant, Elwood Ullman
Herself
(and characters in sketches)
Abbott and Costello Gisele MacKenzie
The Four Pipers,
Les Dassie,
Sid Fields,
Dudley Dickerson,
Milt Bronson,
Bobby Barber
3 Lux Video Theatre
"Amo, Amas, Amat"
(December 1, 1952)*
J. Walter Thompson Agency,
Cal Kuhl
Richard Goode,
Anne Howard Bailey
Margaret Bailey Ralph Meeker Oliver Thorndike
4 Lux Video Theatre
"Make Believe Bride"
(June 11, 1953)*
J. Walter Thompson Agency,
Cal Kuhl
Howard Loeb,
Anne Howard Bailey
Betsy Don DeFore Glenn Anders
5 Studio 57
"I'll Always Love You, Natalie"
(December 12, 1955)[57]
Revue Productions Lawrence Kimble[58]
(screenwriter)
Clara Townsley[58] Patric Knowles William Roerick,
Edward Platt,
Ed Reimers
6 The 20th Century Fox Hour
"Overnight Haul"
(May 16, 1956)[59]
20th Century Fox Television,
Peter Packer
Jules Bricken, Leonard Freeman Frances Fowler Richard Conte Richard Eyer
7 Adventures in Paradise
"The Amazon"
(March 21, 1960)[60]
20th Century Fox Television,
Richard Goldstone
Joseph Lejtes, William Froug Carla MacKinley Gardner McKay Claude Akins,
Tom Drake
8 Burke's Law
"Who Killed Cable Roberts?"
(October 4, 1963)[61]
Four Star,
Aaron Spelling
Jeffrey Hayden,
Gwen Bagni
Mona Roberts Gene Barry Paul Lynde,
Mary Astor,
Zsa Zsa Gabor,
John Saxon
9 The Third Man
"The Luck of Harry Lime"
(August 27, 1965)*
20th Century Fox Television,
John Llewellyn Moxey
Paul Henreid,
Gene Wang
Diane Masters Michael Rennie Jonathan Harris,
Willis Bouchey

Titles in the public domain.* See cites for copyright renewal dates.

ReferencesEdit

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