Randolph Scott Movies

Randolph Scott...one of the great movie cowboys of all-time

Randolph Scott…one of the great movie cowboys of all-time

Want to know the best Randolph Scott movies?  How about the worst Randolph Scott movies?  Curious about Randolph Scott’s box office grosses or which Randolph Scott movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Randolph Scott movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Randolph Scott (1898-1987) was one of the icons of the cinema’s West.   Scott’s rise to fame had some interesting crossroads.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in textile engineering and manufacturing, Scott had chance encounter with mogul Howard Hughes.  Hughes got him some work as an extra in Hollywood in the late 1920s.  This got Scott interested in acting.  After taking some acting classes, Scott signed a movie contract with Paramount.   Slowly Scott began appearing in better movies with bigger roles. His pinnacle was from 1950 to 1953 when he was a Top Ten Box Office Star every year during that four year stint.

His IMDb page shows 106 acting credits from 1928-1962. This page ranks 52 Randolph Scott movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos, and movies not released in North America and many of his movies that barely made a dent at the box office were not included in the rankings.

Lee Marvin and Randolph Scott in 1956's Seven Men From Now

Lee Marvin and Randolph Scott in 1956’s Seven Men From Now

Randolph Scott Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Randolph Scott movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Randolph Scott movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Randolph Scott movies by domestic yearly box office rank
  • Sort Randolph Scott movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Randolph Scott movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Randolph Scott movie won.
  • Sort Randolph Scott movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • Use the search and sort button to make this page very interactive.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Randolph Scottl Table

  1. Nineteen Randolph Scott movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 26.38% of his movies listed. Jesse James (1939) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Randolph Scott movie grosses  $83.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  38 Randolph Scott movies are rated as good movies…or 52.77% of his movies.  Seven Men From Now (1956) is his highest rated movie while Bell of the Yukon (1944) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Ten Randolph Scott movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 13.88% of his movies.
  5. Zero Randolph Scott movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 0.00% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  37 Randolph Scott movies scored higher that average….or 51.38% of his movies.   Jesse James (1939) got the the highest UMR Score while A Lawless Street (1955) got the lowest UMR Score.
Cary Grant, Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott in 1940's My Favorite Wife

Cary Grant, Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott in 1940’s My Favorite Wife

Possibly Interesting Facts About Randolph Scott

1. George Randolph Scott was born in Orange County, Virginia but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2. At 19 Randolph Scott served in France as an artillery observer during World War I.

3. Randolph Scott played college football for Georgia Tech……but his football career was cut short due to injury.

4. Randolph Scott was best friends with Cary Grant and Fred Astaire.  For many years he and Grant shared a house in Hollywood.

5.  Randolph Scott was married twice.  First first marriage was to Mariana duPont Somerville from 1936 to 1939.  His second marriage was to Patrica Stillman from 1944 until his death in 1987….they had two children.

6. Randolph Scott formed Ranown Productions with producer Harry Joe Brown and produced several films.

7. Randolph Scott was reportedly worth around $100 million when he passed away….this was due to the fact that he was a great businessman who made many shrewd financial investments.

8. Randolph Scott was among Hollywood’s Top 10 box office stars from 1950 to 1953:  He ranked 10th in 1950, 7th in 1951, 10th in 1952 and 10th in 1953.

9. Randolph Scott was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1975.

10. Randolph Scott was Margaret Mitchell’s choice to play Ashley Wilkes in the movie version of her novel Gone with the Wind….Leslie Howard got the part.

Check out Randolph Scott‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

Still not enough Randolph Scott movie stats for you?  Well how about worldwide grosses on 18 of his movies.

  • Belle of the Yukon (1944) $183.90 million in adjusted box office gross
  • The Bounty Hunter (1954) $68.80 million in adjusted box office gross
  • China Sky (1945) $108.80 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Comanche Station (1960) $46.40 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Follow the Fleet (1936) $304.20 million in adjusted box office gross
  • ‘Gung Ho!’: The Story of Carlson’s Makin Island Raiders (1943) $193.50 million
  • The Man Behind The Gun (1953) $116.20 million in adjusted box office gross
  • My Favorite Wife (1940) $175.90 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Ride Lonesome (1959) $53.10 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Riding Shotgun (1954) $94.30 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Roberta (1935) $234.20 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Seven Men From Now (1956) $49.20 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) $49.00 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Starlift (1951) $111.70 Tall T, The (1957) $52.30 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Thunder Over The Plains (1953) $71.90 million in adjusted box office gross
  • To The Shores of Tripoli (1942) $236.10 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Trail Street (1947) $116.30 million in adjusted box office gross
  • Virginia City (1940) $181.60 million in adjusted box office gross

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  1. Cogerson

    I have read so much about Randolph Scott being rich that it intrigued me how rich he was, and so I did some research which might interest some. I did find the Fortune Magazine list of the richest 400 Americans from 1985 when Scott was still alive.
    Scott was not on the list, and neither were several others I would consider contenders like Bob Hope and Fred MacMurray.
    There were, though, three entertainment personalities on the list. Roy Disney at $255 million. TV producer Norman Lear at $175 million.
    And the one former actor, Gene Autry, at $150 million. Autry stayed on the list for several years and reached of at least $320 million in the early 1990’s. So Autry seems to have been the richest former actor. (note that Bing Crosby had died in 1977. Have no idea if he would have rated).
    Good question is how a “B” actor managed to outdo his peers and his perhaps more than peers in Hollywood. Certainly he was a shrewd businessman. And his recording career was much more successful than modern observers probably remember. Plus he got into producing after WWII. Autry ended up owning radio & television stations, a Palm Beach hotel, and a baseball team, among other investments.

    1. Hey John….I did a Google search on “Randolph Scott” net worth….and $100 million was what popped up. That would probably be worth about a billion in today’s money (just guessing there)….so I think an actor that became a billionaire would be pretty impressive. I know Bruce Willis is considered to be a decent business man….and his net worth is around 175 million.

      As for Bing Crosby…a Goodge search on “Bing Crosby” net worth…and $50 million pops up…..so on that very unscientific look…Scott was twice as valuable as Crosby was.

      Good information on Gene Autry…Autry owned the Angels (baseball) for years ……now that was a wise investment.

    2. Cogerson

      Thanks for the info on Scott & Bing. Just plug in net worth? I’ll try that.

      Another interesting guy is Charles Starrett (the Durango Kid)–He was one of the heirs to the L. S. Starrett precision tool company–a very wealthy man. During his years at Columbia he was probably richer than anyone else connected with the company. Still he found a niche in B westerns and never moved up. He seemed content. Never sought “art” or “prestige.” Just went through over 15 years as a B western star. When B westerns died out, he retired and traveled the world with his wife.

      1. Hey John…well the “net worth” trick worked on Bing and Randolph…but not on Charles Starrett. Sounds like The Durago Kid had a good and successful life.

  2. Cogerson

    I notice posters sometimes mention how many films of a given star they have seen. I went through Steve’s list of top Randolph Scott films over at IMDB and it intrigued me how many I have seen over more than six decades as a movie watcher.

    Of Steve’s top 30, I have watched 27 (I missed the Shirley Temple & Mae West films, and The Bounty Hunter). Then I went over to IMDB to check out his whole career. Of the 94 films in which he received billing, I have seen 61. The reason is that his type of programmer westerns were dumped on the TV market in the old days, and when most programming went to color in the 1970’s & 1980’s, Scotts record of making color films kept his films viable.

    1. Hey John…..well in our tally contest your final tally of 61 would have easily beaten me, Steve and Flora….Flora started mentioning her tally count totals back in our HubPages days….and it has amazingly stood the test of time…..generally Flora wins the classic tallies….it is good fun…..recently I realized I have seen 64 of the 70 Nicolas Cage movies…the tally count got me to realize that important information.

      I can imagine how popular Scott’s movies would have been in re-runs…especially with so many being in color.

      Thanks for sharing your tally count, the visit and the comment….all are greatly appreciated.

    2. Hey Bruce, not only has John seen far more westerns than we have, he remembers them all too! I can’t even remember what I had for lunch, never mind the name of the horse Tim Holt rode in ‘Brothers in the Saddle’ [wink]

      1. Steve

        For an old f–t like myself, memory is tricky. For example, I can give you the entire line-up for the 1958 Baltimore Colts offense off memory (ends-Barry & Mutscheller, tackles-Parker & Preas, guards-Spinney & Sandusky, center-Nutter, Q-back-Unitas, halfbacks-Moore & Dupree, fullback-Ameche.

        I guess this might indicate an impressive memory, except I am a Green Bay fan and have watched them play many times over recent years. I can name Aaron Rodgers & the receivers,

        but they have an all-pro linebacker who wears #52. I just watched the guy play two days ago and saw him force and recover a fumble. I have watched him in many games. Now his name escapes me. I could look up his name but don’t want to.

        Perhaps Cogerson can help me. Old age is weird.

        1. Hey John….I feel pretty safe in saying that Steve has no idea what you are talking….American Football has not registered at all in the Lensman home. Last year I got a Peyton Manning autograph in the mail…and was telling Steve about it….and he was like “Who?”….”Never heard of him”.

          Reading your comment and you listing the Colts offense….reminded me of Diner…..and how those guys in the Diner talked…..and the Steve Guttenberg requiring his soon to be wife to pass a test on the Colts….it is fresh in my memory…because I just finished writing a page on Richard Dreyfuss…..who starred in the almost sequel to Diner….Tin Men.

          #52 is 6 time Pro-Bowler…Clay Matthews….of the famous Matthews football family…..as both his dad and uncle were long time players….with Bruce Matthews being a Hall of Famer.

          Thanks for sharing this information.

          1. Cogerson

            Clay Matthews. Thanks. How could I forget his name and remember trivia from 60 years ago. When I was young the old folks told me about such things and now I know.

          2. Hey John…..the only alternative to getting old is dying…..so I look forward to losing my memory…lol. As Bette Davis said….”Getting old is not for wimps”.

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