Sunday, December 30, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Fred Scott

Fred Scott (1902–1991) was an American actor best known as a singing cowboy star in Westerns during the 1930s and 40s.

As a youngster he took voice lessons and did some acting in community theater.  As a teenager he found work on a cattle ranch in Llano del Rio.  Later he tried to benefit from his cowboy skills seeking film roles on horseback.  After moving to Hollywood he spent three years at Pathé, and finally broke into Westerns with a singing part in The Last Outlaw (1936); a Harry Carey film.

Eventually he won lead roles in several musical Westerns produced by Spectrum Pictures earning him the nickname "The Silvery-Voiced Buckaroo." He made nearly two dozen films with comedy sidekick Al St. John.  Scott retired from film in the late 1940s.

Fred Scott's Santa Susana filming locations starring roles include:

Roaming Cowboy, The (1937) starring Fred Scott, Al St. John and Lois January - States Rights

Fighting Deputy, The (1937) starring Fred Scott, Phoebe Logan and Al St. John (Brandeis Ranch) Spectrum  

Singing Buckaroo, The (1937) starring Fred Scott, Victoria Vinton and William Faversham - Spectrum

Knight of the Plains (1938) starring Fred Scott, Al St. John and Marion Weldon - Spectrum

Code of the Fearless (1939) starring Fred Scott, Claire Rochelle and John Merton (Iverson Ranch) Spectrum (photo courtesy of Bruce Hickey)

His supporting roles include:

Last Outlaw, The (1936) starring Harry Carey, Hoot Gibson and Tom Tyler (Iverson Ranch) RKO

Thundering Hoofs (1942) starring Tim Holt, Ray Whitley and Lee 'Lasses' White (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) RKO

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