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The Starring Westerns of Fred Scott

With Cliff Nazarro as sidekick:

ROMANCE RIDES THE RANGE (Spectrum, 1936; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Harry Fraser)
THE SINGING BUCKAROO (Spectrum, 1937; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Tom Gibson)

With Al St. John as sidekick:

MELODY OF THE PLAINS (Spectrum, 1937; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Sam Newfield)
FIGHTING DEPUTY (Spectrum, 1937; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Sam Newfield)
MOONLIGHT ON THE RANGE (Spectrum, 1937; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Sam Newfield)
ROAMING COWBOY (Spectrum, 1937; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Robert F. Hill)
THE RANGER'S ROUNDUP (Spectrum, 1938; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Sam Newfield)
KNIGHT OF THE PLAINS (Spectrum, 1938; directed by Jed Buell; directed by Sam Newfield)
SONGS AND BULLETS (Spectrum, 1938; produced by Jed Buell; directed by Sam Newfield)

With Harry Harvey as sidekick:

CODE OF THE FEARLESS (Spectrum, 1939; produced by C. C. Burr; directed by Raymond K. Johnson)
IN OLD MONTANA (Spectrum, 1939; produced by C. C. Burr; directed by Raymond K. Johnson)
TWO-GUN TROUBADOR (Spectrum, 1939; produced by C. C. Burr; directed by Raymond K. Johnson)
RIDIN' THE TRAIL (Spectrum, 1939; produced by C. C. Burr; directed by Raymond K. Johnson) (See note below)

Last hurrah at PRC:

RODEO RHYTHM (PRC, 1942)

Note: RIDIN' THE TRAIL got lost during Spectrum's financial problems, and
wound up being released in the early 1940s by independent distributor Arthur Ziehm.




Above - Carl Mathews circa 1942
Doubling and stunting for Fred Scott was Carl Mathews (1903-1959).

Mathews was a frequent henchman in scores of westerns and serials.

And he was Ray 'Crash' Corrigan's double in some of Republic's Three Mesquiteers as well as Monogram's Range Busters series.

In the 1940s - early 1950s, he was a resident gang member at Monogram and Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) doing villainy against Buster Crabbe, Bob Steele, Jack Randall, Lash LaRue, Eddie Dean, Johnny Mack Brown, Jimmy Wakely, Whip Wilson, the Range Busters, the Texas Rangers, more.



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above are Fred Scott and his saddle pal Al St. John in a still from THE RANGER'S ROUNDUP (Spectrum, 1938). St. John was Fred's sidekick in seven films.


(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above - Harry Harvey Sr. and Fred Scott. Harvey was Fred's helper in the final four films produced by C. C. Burr and directed by Raymond K. Johnson. Harvey did many bit and supporting roles in movies - a couple of examples: he was manager Joe McCarthy in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942), the saga of Yankee baseball player Lou Gehrig (played by Gary Cooper); and he was the doctor describing June Allyson's medical issues to James Stewart in THE GLENN MILLER STORY (1954). Harvey also portrayed the town law officer on the ROY ROGERS TV show.



(From Old Corral collection)

Jean Carmen (Julia Thayer in THE PAINTED STALLION serial) has won negotiations on who does the clothes washin' in this scene with melodious Fred Scott from IN OLD MONTANA (Spectrum, 1939).



(Courtesy of Scott Thompson)

Several years after his Spectrum series ended, Fred Scott did RODEO RHYTHM (PRC, 1942) which featured Roy Knapp's Rough Riders and a bunch of kiddies. Scott Thompson's Mom, Donna Jean Meinke, was in the film as a lil' girl named Juanita, and she is standing next to Fred Scott in the above photo.

On the trail of Frederick Leedom Scott
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), Newspaper Archive, trade publications, and the California Death Index provide more on Fred Scott and family:

  • Ancestry.com had the Fresno, California birth registration ledger - Frederick L. Scott was born February 14, 1902 to Chancellor Scott and Violet Patterson.
  • 1910 census summary and census takers worksheet - 33 year old Chance H. Scott (born California; occupation "Mason and Builder - house"), his 27 year old wife Violet N. (born California), 8 year old son Fred (born California) and 6 year old daughter Margaret (born California) reside in Fresno, California: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV2F-LY6
  • 1920 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting in Fresno, California are 41 year old Chancellor H. Scott (born California; occupation "Inspector - Building"), his 39 year old wife Violette N. (born California), 17 year old son Fred N. (born California), 16 year old daughter Margaret (born California) and 8 year old son Leedom (born California): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH3G-J85
  • 1930 census summary and census takers worksheet - 53 year old Chancellor H. Scott (born California; occupation "Builder - Building Trade"), his 50 year old wife Violet N. (born California), 28 year old son Fred L. (born California; occupation "Motion P. Actor"), and 18 year old son Leedom S. (born California) are renting in Los Angeles. Also residing there are brother- and sister-in-law Charles Leedom (61 years old; born Ohio) and his wife Helen M. (56 years old; born Illinois): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCVS-N2Q
  • June 18 or 19, 1932 Los Angeles marriage license of 30 year old Fred Leedom Scott (born California; single) to 25 year old Audrey Farncroft (born California; her second marriage). His parents were Chancellor H. Scott and Violet Peterson (both born California). Occupations of Fred and Audrey are "Singer - Radio concert":
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93H-SKL6?mode=g&i=2378&cc=1804002
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L93H-SFSK?mode=g&i=2379&cc=1804002
  • Newspaper Archive had several mid June, 1935 Nevada newspapers - Audrey Farncroft Scott filed for divorce in Reno, Nevada and her divorce from Fred Leedom Scott was finalized on/about June 19, 1935.
  • There was a second marriage for Fred. Sometime in the mid 1930s, he tied the knot with Mary Kathryn Grable and they would be together through his death in 1991.
    According to Family trees on Ancestry.com, Mary Kathryn Grable was born in Florida about 1910.
  • August 16, 1937 issue of Film Daily: "Fred Scott, cowboy star appearing in Jed Buell Prods., is the father of a baby girl, Helen May, born Aug. 7."
    California Birth Index has a record for Helen May Scott, born August 7, 1937, and mother's maiden name was Grable: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2Q6-LPZ
  • 1940 census summary and census takers worksheet - owning their home in Los Angeles are 38 year old Fred Scott (born California), his 29 year old wife Mary (born Florida), 2 year old daughter Helen May (born California) and Fred's uncle and aunt, 70 year old Charles Leedom (born Ohio) and 66 year old Helen May Leedom (born Illinois). Fred's occupation is "Actor - Moving Pictures" and in 1939, he worked 3 weeks and earned $3000.00: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CR-56V
  • California Birth Index has a record for Brenda Lee Scott, born July 17, 1940 and mother's maiden name was Grable: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2QG-L9V
  • California Death Index has a record for Fred Leedom Scott, born February 14, 1902 and passed away December 16, 1991 in Riverside county, California: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPXV-RK9
  • California Death Index has a record for Mary Kathryn Scott, born March 16, 1910 in Florida and passed away on September 4, 1995 in the San Bernardino, California area: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPV2-JVF

Links
  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has film information on Fred Scott, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Harry Harvey, Jed Buell, and C. C. Burr:

     Fred Scott: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0779148/
     Al 'Fuzzy' St. John: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0820607/
     Harry Harvey, Sr.: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0367543/
     Cliff Nazarro: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0623400/
     Jed Buell: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0119148/
     C. C. Burr: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0122991/

YouTube has Fred doing his pirate impression in the 1945 soundie titled "Treasure Chest": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhp7QlPAc_A

Sunset Carson interviewed many western movie personalities for his "Hollywood Nostalgia Theater". Here's Sunset in a couple interviews with Fred Scott:
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftSu4WZXH9A
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv4IMJyPs24

Several of Fred Scott's westerns can be downloaded or streamed from YouTube and the Internet Archive. Do your own searching at:
     Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/moviesandfilms#collection-date-archived
     YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/

Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website has reviews of Scott's westerns: http://www.westernclippings.com/westernsof/fredscott_westernsof.shtml



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