Lizabeth Virginia Scott (born September 29, 1922) is a American film actress, known for her deep voice and smoky sensual looks. After performing the Sabina role in the first Broadway and Boston stage productions of The Skin of Our Teeth, she emerged internationally in such films as The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck, Dead Reckoning (1947) with Humphrey Bogart, Desert Fury (1948) with John Hodiak, and Too Late for Tears (1949) with Don DeFore. No other actress has appeared in more film noir.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Debut
- 3 Rise to fame
- 4 Paramount years
- 5 Radio
- 6 Confidential
- 7 Music
- 8 Later years
- 9 Filmography
- 10 References
- 11 External links
She was born Emma Matzo in Scranton, Pennsylvania, oldest of six children born to John Matzo (1895–1968) and Mary Pennock Matzo (1899–1981). Reference works, biographies, public records and newspaper articles have given conflicting accounts of the ethnic origins of her parents. For example, historian Paul R. Magocsi described her parents as Rusyns. However, in a video interview, Scott described herself as Russian. Her family lived in the Pine Brook section of Scranton, where John Matzo owned Matzo Market, a grocery store on the ground floor of the Matzos' two-story, red-brick house on the corner of Capouse Avenue and Ash Street. Scott has described her father as a "lifelong Republican," which influenced her own capitalistic views. The family was immersed in all things cultural, especially music. This love of music would influence Scott's voice.
Scott's famous accent and diction began in first grade. Her parents sent her to weekly lessons at a local elocution school, held in "the living room of a Victorian house, where a Grande Dame would preside..." As a result, Scott lost the Northeast Pennsylvania English spoken in the Scranton area. Scott's trademark broad "A" is characteristic of Mid-Atlantic English, an anonymous world English with characteristics of American and British English. It was used on radio, stage and film throughout the English-speaking world from the 1920s to 1960s. However, Scott has attributed the depth of her voice to heredity as a younger sister, a New York City model, had a similarly deep voice. In addition, Scott was given six years of piano lessons and two of voice. As a young girl, working in her father's store, she dreamed of being a journalist, then an opera singer and finally an actress. At the age of 11, she was the Fairy Godmother in a pantomime play, Cinderella, at summer camp. During Christmas season she would take part in pageants at the local Catholic church her family attended. Yet despite a strict Catholic upbringing, Scott described herself as "rebellious and outspoken" as a young girl, despite her mother telling her to subdue her emotions and "be a lady." When asked what was the best advice she was given, Scott replied, "I don't know, but I sure didn't take it." However, Scott mentioned adolescent favorites such as Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays as having the greatest influence on her and Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past as her favorite book of all time.
Scott attended Marywood Seminary, a local Catholic girls' school. She transferred to Scranton's Central High School, where she performed in several plays. After graduating, she spent the summer working with the Mae Desmond Players at a stock theater in the nearby community of Newfoundland. She then travelled down to Abingdon, Virginia and worked at the Barter Theatre. In the autumn she attended Marywood College (now Marywood University), but quit after six months. "I never wanted to finish college because of the feeling I had...that life was very short and there were so many more important aspects of life to be explored." Mary Matzo wanted her daughter to become a journalist. But when Scott said she would either become a stage actress—or a nun—her mother relented. In 1939, with her father's help, the 17-year-old Scott moved to New York City, where she stayed at the Ferguson Residence for Women, "a dormitory-style residence in a converted mansion on 68th Street near Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side." Scott attended the Alvienne School of the Theatre in the Grand Opera House on 8th Avenue and 23rd Street. There she studied for 18 months, where she resisted attempts by the teachers to pitch her voice higher. During this time, Scott read Maxwell Anderson's Mary of Scotland, a play about Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, from which she derived the stage name "Elizabeth Scott." She would later drop the "E" from Elizabeth.
In late 1940, an 18-year-old Scott auditioned for Hellzapoppin (1938). From several hundred women, she was chosen by vaudevillians John "Ole" Olsen (1892–1963) and Harold "Chic" Johnson (1891–1962), stars of the original Broadway production. She was assigned to one of three road companies, Scott's being lead by Billy House (1889–1961) and Eddie Garr (1900–1956, father of actress Teri Garr). Landing her first professional job, she would be billed as "Elizabeth Scott." Scott's tour opened November 3, 1940 at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Scott did blackouts and other types of sketch comedy during her 18-month tour of 63 cities across the US. Her salary was $50 a week. Scott returned to New York in the spring of 1942, where she joined a summer stock company at the 52nd Street Theatre on the subway circuit, the then equivalent of off-Broadway. Eventually, she starred as Sadie Thompson in John Colton's play Rain (1923). Though no drama critic reviewed the play, a press agent for new actresses, Joe Russell—known locally as "The Man who meets the Greyhound Bus"—persuaded a producer with a problem to see it.
Michael Myerberg (1906–1974) just moved an experimental production from New Haven, Connecticut to the Plymouth Theatre. Impressed by Scott's Sadie Thompson, he hired her as the understudy for Tallulah Bankhead (1902–1968) despite Bankhead's protests. Bankhead was the star of Thornton Wilder's then new play, The Skin of Our Teeth (1942). Bankhead had previously signed a contract forbidding an understudy for the Sabina role, which Myerberg breached when hiring Scott—rumors of an affair between the married Myerberg and the new understudy were rife. Scott has said that her fondest memory is when Myerberg told her, "I love you." But the two would eventually part.
Bankhead's ill-concealed contempt for Myerberg, originating with the New Haven production, was now exacerbated. Previously, Bankhead controlled the production by not showing up for rehearsal. Now Myerberg could simply put Scott in Bankhead's place. Scott has acknowledged that Myerberg used her to keep Bankhead under control and that Bankhead was furious at the situation. Describing her own experience with Bankhead, Scott recalled, "She never spoke to me, except to bark out commands. Finally, one day, I'd had enough. I told her to say 'please,' and after that she did."
The rivalry between the two actresses is cited as an alternative to the Martina Lawrence-Elizabeth Bergner origin of Mary Orr's short story, The Wisdom of Eve (1946), the basis of the 1950 film All About Eve. Broadway legend had it that Bankhead was being victimized by Scott, who was supposedly the real-life Eve Harrington. Bankhead later accused Mary Orr of basing the protagonist Margo Channing on her, which Orr denied. But Bette Davis' personal costume designer, Edith Head (1897–1981), said she dressed Davis, who played Channing, on the understanding that Davis was suppose to look and act like Bankhead. However during the eight months Scott was understudy, she never had an opportunity to substitute for Bankhead, as Scott's presence guaranteed Bankhead's. Scott was cast as "Girl/Drum Majorette." Scott was 20-years old when the play opened. Though the play ran November 18, 1942–September 25, 1943, Scott left the production during Hopkins' tenure.
Rise to fame
The continuing feud between Myerberg and Bankhead worsened her ulcer, leading her to not renew her contract. Anticipating Bankhead's move, Myerberg suddenly signed Miriam Hopkins (1902–1972) in March. Caught off-guard, Scott would eventually quit in disappointment. Bankhead's final zinger to Scott was "You be as good as she (Hopkins) is." For a brief period Scott understudied for Hopkins. While Scott liked Hopkins much more than Bankhead, she was still disappointed about being passed over for the Sabina role, ignoring the fact that her real purpose on the production was to keep Bankhead "in her corner." Before quitting, Scott replaced Hopkins for one night only. When Scott finally went on stage as Sabina, she was surprised by both the approval and fascination of the audience. Her replacement as Sabina understudy was another future femme fatale, 19-year-old Gloria Hallward, soon to be known as Gloria Grahame (1923–1981). Similarly to Scott–Bankhead, Grahame never substituted for Hopkins, either. When Michael Myerberg pulled Grahame from the play for another experimental production in Philadelphia—Star Dust—there was no understudy when Gladys George (1904–1954) took over for Hopkins. On August 30, 1943, Scott once again played Sabina when George was ill. Joe Russell was in the Plymouth Theatre audience that night. Afterward, when a Californian friend came to New York on one of his biannual visits to Broadway, Russell told him about Scott's performance. Russell's friend was an up-and-coming film producer for Warner Brothers, Hal Wallis (1898–1986).
Scott returned to her drama studies and some fashion modeling. Meanwhile, an associate and neighbor of Joe Russell, Irving Hoffman (1909–1968), a New York press agent and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, had befriended Scott and tried to introduce her to helpful people. Hoffman earlier did the same for Lauren Bacall (born 1924), a model who was then being approached by several Hollywood studios. On September 29, 1943, Hoffman held a birthday party at the Stork Club—Scott had turned 21. By happenstance or design, Wallis was also at the club that night. Hoffman introduced Scott to Wallis, who arranged for an interview the following day. When Scott returned home, however, she found a telegram offering her the lead for the Boston run of The Skin of Our Teeth. Miriam Hopkins was ill. Scott sent Wallis her apologies, canceling the interview. Scott recalled "On the train up to Boston, to replace Miss Hopkins, I decided I needed to make the name more of an attention-grabber. And that's when I decided to drop the 'E' from Elizabeth."
Hopkins recovered in two weeks and Scott was back in New York. Scott returned to modeling for the Walter Thornton Agency, which Lauren Bacall also worked for. Sometime during this period, Scott would actually go out with Bacall on a double date. Bacall was currently a cover girl for Harper's Bazaar. Later that year, Scott herself would appear in a Harper's photographic spread, which was allegedly admired by film agent Charles Feldman (1904–1968) of Famous Artists Corporation (now ICM Partners). In a telegram to Scott he asked her to undergo a screen test. He invited her to Los Angeles and stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel, all expenses paid. Coincidentally or not, he just signed on Bacall, who would soon be making her first film. And the name of Feldman's agency was just that: "by the mid-1940s Feldman could boast of having three hundred clients, including actors, writers, and directors." Among the clientele would include future Scott costar, Kirk Douglas (born 1916).
On March 2, 1944, when Casablanca (1942) won the Best Picture Award at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Casablanca's producer, Hal Wallis, rose to accept the Academy Award, but the Warner family prevented him leaving the aisle of seats. Instead, the studio head, Jack Warner (1892–1978), accepted the award, while Wallis looked on helplessly. This incident would change the focus of Scott's career from stage to screen actress. During that same month, Scott made a five-day trip to Los Angeles and stayed at the hotel, where she was forgotten by Feldman for 10 days.
After reaching Feldman on the telephone, Scott was given a 10-page test script. Being a stage actress, Scott knew nothing about screen acting. Her first screen test was at Universal, then at William Goetz's International Pictures. She was rejected by both studios (just before the two merged into Universal-International). Then she tested at Warner Brothers. But this time around, Wallis' sister, Minna Wallis, arranged for film director Fritz Lang to coach Scott. Here he taught Scott not to stop when flubbing a line while the camera was rolling, as the bad footage could be cut out later. She read a scene from The Male Animal (1942). Years later, Scott would confess that she "fell in love with the camera. 'There was just something about it...Nothing made me happier than to do things for it, the camera. It was as if I were mesmerized by that lens. In actuality I was performing for it. I was interested in pleasing it to the ultimate.'" However, when Jack Warner saw the screen test, he also rejected Scott, who recalled that years later, when she attended parties at Warner's house, he never once mentioned ever seeing the test. The reason for Warner's rejection varies among film historians, ranging from Warner telling Charles Feldman: "She'll never be a star, only a second leading lady" to stopping a rival to Bacall, who was already signed on to Warner Brothers. At the Warner Teddington Studios in London, there was already a blonde, sultry-type actress named Elizabeth Scott (1915–2001), who looked similar to Veronica Lake (1922–1973) and Lana Turner (1921–1995), as well as Lizabeth Scott. This Scott was the second leading lady in the Warner noir Fingers (1941). A graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Scott had a contract with Warner Brothers in Hollywood, but did not to come to California due to the war.
Hal Wallis also saw the American Scott's test and recognized her potential. In a meeting Wallis told Scott, "If I could, I would put you under contract." But she did not believe him. She thought him as powerful as Warner and was "prevaricating." Unknown to Scott, years of infighting between Jack Warner and Wallis were about to climax. Under acrimonious circumstances, Wallis left Warner Brothers for Paramount Pictures. On the day that Scott was scheduled to leave for New York, she read in Variety that Wallis was at Paramount. But she spent several months in New York before Feldman telegraphed her in August 1944—Wallis wanted to sign her to a contract.
To Have and Have Not (1944), Bacall's first film, made its New York premiere October 11, 1944, but was released January 20, 1945. This film would be basis of accusing Scott of being a "Bacall manquée" for the rest of her career. Scott moved to Los Angeles in November 1944. Later that winter, Scott tested for Love Letters (1945) and the role of Susan in The Affairs of Susan (1945), but was cast in neither.
At the age of 22, Scott's film debut was the comedy-drama You Came Along (1945) opposite Robert Cummings (1910–1990). Originally conceived as a Barbara Stanwyck (1907–1990) vehicle, Ayn Rand's (1905–1982) script concerns an Army Air Force officer, Bob Collins, who tries to hide his terminal leukemia from his handler, Ivy Hotchkiss (Scott), a US Treasury PR flack, whom Bob just met during a war bond drive. They become romantically involved, agreeing it's "just fun up in the air." Then Ivy finds out the truth and makes a fateful decision to make the most of the little time they have together. Production ran February 6–April 6, 1945. During the shooting of You Came Along, Hal Wallis showed Scott's screen test to Hollywood columnist Bob Thomas (1922–2014). Wallis said: "Notice how her eyes are alive and sparkling...Once in a while she reads a line too fast, but direction will cure that. That voice makes her intriguing." Almost four months before the release of Scott's first film, Thomas' March 16, 1945 column was the first to make a comparison between Lauren Bacall and Scott, thus beginning a critical trend to marginalize Scott in favor of Bacall. The Thomas meme would continue to haunt Scott's reputation to the present day. In 1991 Pauline Kael would write that Scott's acting in the later Dead Reckoning (1947) was "processed out of Mary Astor and Lauren Bacall routines."
Despite Scott's initial difficulties with Cummings, she soon gained his respect with her performance and force of personality. After shooting, Cummings even went out of his way to quench rumors that he would never work with Scott again. However, Scott never made any headway with the director, John Farrow (1904–1963). Farrow lobbied for Teresa Wright and when he did not get her, he made his displeasure known to Scott throughout the shoot. You Came Along, remains, however, Scott's favorite of all the films she made. The film premiered in Los Angeles on August 2, 1945. Later in October 1945, Tallulah Bankhead denied Paramount publicity saying Scott was her understudy on Broadway. "'Nobody ever understudies me,' baritones the Alabam' belle. 'When I don't go on, the play doesn't go on!'"
In September 1945, Paramount public relations dubbed Scott "The Threat," which derived from a critic's description of Scott: "She's the Threat, to the Body, the Voice and the Look." "The Body" (Marie McDonald, 1923–1965), "The Voice" (Frank Sinatra, 1915–1998) and "The Look" (Lauren Bacall) were supposed to be threatened by Scott's arrival on the Hollywood scene. However, McDonald's measurements were 36½-22½-35 with a height of 5'6", versus Scott's 34-24-34 with a height of 5'6". Nor was Scott permitted to sing after her first film, invariably being dubbed by Trudy Stevens. Scott herself never cared for the moniker, though she found "meanie" roles easier to play. Early in February 1946, Scott was dating an unknown actor named Burton Lancaster, with whom Scott would do a screen test. Under contract to Hal Wallis, the actor would be loaned out to Universal-International for The Killers (1946) under the name of Burt Lancaster (1913–1994). Lancaster's first marriage was in trouble and despite rumors of marriage between him and Scott, the two would break-up the following year.
Later in 1946, Scott's moniker proved prophetic with Barbara Stanwyck, who, in a letter, objected about Scott's top billing in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946): "I will not be co-starred with any other person other than a recognized male or female star." Lawyers for Wallis and Stanwyck hashed it out. Eventually, the final billing ran Stanwyck, Van Heflin and Scott at the top, with newcomer Kirk Douglas in second place. But Wallis' interest in promoting Scott was obsessive. The AFI page on Martha Ivers notes: "Director Lewis Milestone (1895–1980) is quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Sun Mirror on 8 Dec 1946 as having said that he would never make another picture with producer Hal Wallis because Wallis wanted to reshoot scenes in this film for more close-ups of Lizabeth Scott; Milestone reportedly told Wallis to shoot them himself—which he did." Wallis ended up adding extra footage of Scott at the expense of Stanwyck's footage, which later led to a contretemps between Stanwyck and Wallis. Concerning her first film noir, Scott recalled how strange it was to be in a film with Stanwyck and only have one brief scene together, where the entire dialog consisted of greetings. The screenplay by Robert Rossen (1908–1966) depicts two separate story-lines running parallel—one dominated by Martha Ivers (Stanwyck) and the other by Antonia "Toni" Marachek (Scott). The Heflin character, Sam, interfaces both story-lines, which only overlap in the one scene where the fatale Martha and ingénue Toni meet. Sam is a returning war veteran who is stuck with a wrecked car in his childhood hometown of Iverstown, owned by a matriarch industrialist, Martha, who runs it like the mob boss of a big corrupt city. After Toni is jailed on a parole violation, Sam approaches Martha's weak-willed husband, the local district attorney and Martha's childhood partner-in-crime, Walter O'Neil (Kirk Douglas). Though Sam only asks for help to free Toni, Walter suspects Sam of ulterior motives. Martha, fearing that Sam knows her secret, tries to trap him inside her opulent but dark world. Toni, a typical Rossenian heroine of the working-class, represents a poorer but more moral existence for Sam. Due to its depiction of upper-class and police corruption, as well as the political affiliations of the screenwriter, the film was listed by the FBI as communist propaganda. Production ran October 2–early December 1945. It was released September 13, 1946.
The February 1946 issue of Popular Photography served up a "capsule psychological diagnosis" of Scott by photographer Philippe Halsman, which repeated the usual unfavorable comparisons to Bankhead and Bacall, as well as a new moniker, "the menace." Halsman did the Life photograph of Bacall that her moniker, "The Look," derived from. Before Scott moved to Los Angeles, both she and Halsman lived on West 67th Street in New York City, where her all dressed-in-black appearance would frighten Halsman whenever she took walks through the neighborhood. Scott had much better luck with another "photographer of the stars," Maurice Seymour (1900-1993), a White Russian whom she dated in the 1940s. In addition to taking publicity photographs of Lizabeth Scott, Seymour also photographed the British Elizabeth Scott.
In June 1946 Scott would gain the distinction of being the first Hollywood star to visit Britain since the end of the Second World War. She was there to attend the London premiere of Martha Ivers and a promotional tour through the country. In Liverpool and Manchester she was met by massive crowds. Her appeal was now truly international.
Wallis would continue to cast Scott in film noir thrillers, as Scott's sensuality and deep voice lent itself to the genre. Like the later Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011), Scott was one of those rare actresses that needed little makeup beyond lipstick. In Scranton, classmates would make fun of her naturally dark brows and blonde hair, thinking them dyed. As an adult, Scott's appearance was so striking that Dorothy Kilgallen described Scott as "wheat-haired." While Scott was still in Britain, shooting began on a new noir that Scott would join when she returned—Dead Reckoning.
The smoky blonde actress was initially compared to Bacall because of the 1940s pin-curl, bobbed hair and deeper than average voice, even more so after she starred with Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957), in Dead Reckoning, where Bogart's character, Murdock, calls Scott the "Cinderella with the husky voice." Columbia originally intended Rita Hayworth (1918–1987) for the role, who was busy with The Lady from Shanghai (1947). Then attention turned to Bacall, who also refused. As a result, Scott was borrowed from Hal Wallis.
The film itself starts in flashback. Rip Murdock (Humphrey Bogart), fearing for his life, reveals everything he knows to a priest in church. Murdock and Johnny Drake (William Prince, 1913–1996) are Medal of Honor recipients. On their way to Washington by train, Drake goes AWOL, leading Murdock on a manhunt that ends with Drake's charred body in a morgue. Murdock is told that Drake is a murder suspect. Murdock finds the widow of Drake's alleged victim, Coral "Dusty" Chandler (Scott), who sings at a nightclub owned by Martinelli (Morris Carnovsky, 1897–1992). Scott here makes her debut as an Ann Sheridan-like figure (1915–1967), smoky, mysterious, ambiguous as to motive, unlike the direct characters that Bacall depicted. As Murdock gradually discovers the truth behind Drake's death, he falls in love with Dusty, who may not be the innocent bystander that she seems.
When the film was finally released and the reviews came in, they revealed that most critics never caught the differences in the accent, diction and timbre of Scott and Bacall. Bacall's accent is pre-WW2, upper-middle-class New York metropolitan, often mistaken for Mid-Atlantic due to the broad "A" and non-rhotic pronunciation of words containing "R." Unlike Scott, Bacall originally had a naturally high nasal voice, but trained herself to lower it for To Have and Have Not. Bacall's singing voice is alto, while Scott's is mezzo-soprano. Despite Bacall's "mannered toughness" and Scott's "breathy theatricality," when Bacall did the voice-over for a 1990s cat-food commercial, some people thought it was Scott.
Physically, Bacall's facial structure is similar to K. T. Stevens (1919–1994), Gene Tierney (1920–1991), Yvonne de Carlo (1922–2007), Nancy Guild (1925–1999), Patricia Neal (1926–2010) and Hal Wallis' then new discovery from Argentina, Kristine Miller (born 1929). Lizabeth Scott is closer physically to the British Elizabeth Scott and two actresses that would appear during the 1950s, Melina Mercouri (1920–1994) and another Charles Feldman protégé, Rosemarie Bowe (born 1932). But more notable than any actual similarity between Bacall and Scott are the same people, institutions and events that would affect to varying degrees their careers: the Second World War, the Walter Thornton Agency, Harper's Bazaar, Irving Hoffman, Charles Feldman and the Famous Talent Corporation, Humphrey Bogart, the Hollywood columnist community—and eventually the "Second Red Scare" (1947–1954). Bacall regularly visited the Dead Reckoning set and even went out to lunch with Scott. Also, both actresses made Bogart's personal list of the nine "most potent" kissers "in movie love scenes" he filmed with.
At the age of 25, Scott's billing and portrait were equal to Bogart's on the film's lobby posters and in advertisements. Most often portrayed in publicity stills was the Jean Louis gown-and-glove outfit worn in the nightclub scene, the most iconic gown Scott worn in her entire film career (see infobox). Designed with little front and no back, Louis called it his 1948 "umbilicalar model." Dead Reckoning would be the first of many femme fatale roles for Scott. In September 1946, a Motion Picture Herald poll of exhibitors voted her the seventh-most promising "star of tomorrow." Production ran 10 June–4 September 1946. It premiered in New York the week of 23 January 1947. Despite the initial positive publicity, the long-term effect of Dead Reckoning would be to typecast the former comedienne for her entire career, in which she would appear in 13 more noirs, though she would be a femme fatales in only two of them. During the 1947–1949 period her career would peak out, but Dead Reckoning and Bogart did give Scott a boost she would never see again. In the following year, contrary to general expectations, Bacall herself approved of the casting of Scott in Dead Reckoning.
With the coming of the Second World War, a new type of Hollywood actress appeared on the big screen. Film historian Kevin Starr described it thus: "The stars emerging in 1940, by contrast—Rita Hayworth, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Lupe Vélez, Marie Windsor, Lana Turner, Lizabeth Scott—each possessed a certain hardness, an invisible shield of attitude and defense, that suggested that times were getting serious and that comedy would not be able to handle all the issues...Just a few years earlier Hollywood had been presenting the wisecracking platinum blonde, frank, sexy, self-actualizing. Now with the war, that insouciance had become hard-boiled."
This "hard-boiled" quality appeared in Scott's two previous films and would be repeated in Desert Fury (1947), which was the second noir filmed in color and a Western one as well. It starred John Hodiak (1914–1955), Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey (1914–1968) and Mary Astor (1906–1987). Astor played Fritzi Haller, a casino and bordello owner, who runs the desert town of Chuckawalla. Scott played Fritzi's 19-year-old daughter, Paula, who, on her expulsion from "her fifth finishing school," returns home. She falls for gangster Eddie Bendix (Hodiak), and faces a great deal of opposition from everyone else. Generally panned by critics when it first appeared, it has been gaining critical praise and comprehension in the passing years. Even the once ridiculed high-fashion clothes of Scott's—by Edith Head with the colors the Southwest in mind—play a role in the continued fascination with the film. Robert Rossen's screenplay repeated the matriarch-run-town trope of The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Originally, Hal Wallis hired Ramona Stewart (1922–2006), a 23-year-old graduate from the University of Southern California, to write the screenplay, which was based on her unpublished Desert Town (1947), a coming-of-age novel bought by Wallis before its serialization in Collier's. But Wallis later hired Rossen to write the script that was used. Another 23-year-old, Betsy Drake, was originally cast as Paula, but "failed" the screen test and was replaced by Scott (who was 24 at the time). Much of the shooting was done on location in Cottonwood, Arizona. Shooting took place mid-August–early November 1946. The film was released August 15, 1947. The male lead, John Hodiak, previously starred with Tallulah Bankhead in Lifeboat (1944). Also, his wife Anne Baxter would play the role of Eve Harrington in All About Eve. During the shooting of Desert Fury scenes that took place in Los Angeles, Scott would briefly reappear with Burt Lancaster in a spoof William Tell sketch in Variety Girl (1947).
In December 1946, Scott again starred with Lancaster, Corey and Douglas in Wallis' I Walk Alone (1948), a noirish story of betrayal and vengeance. In her second torch singer role, Scott is Kay Lawrence, who befriends a convict, Frankie Madison (Lancaster), who returns to New York after 14 years in prison to collect a debt from Kay's ex-boyfriend, Noll "Dink" Turner, played by Douglas. Turner is the owner of the Regent Club, which Frankie owns a share of. Both men compete for Kay's affections as they battle for control of the business that Turner built while Frankie was in prison. The film was a dramatic hit with the audience. But there was more drama behind the scenes of the film, originally titled Deadlock. The Kay Lawrence role was originally intended to be Kristine Miller's breakout role. But Scott, ever competitive with all actresses, grabbed role for herself. Miller later recalled, "(Wallis) planned to star me in 'I Walk Alone.' He tested me with Burt; it was a wonderful test. But then Lizabeth Scott decided she wanted the role, and Lizabeth got whatever she wanted—from Hal Wallis! (Laughs) So, I got the second part instead." Miller, who previously appeared in a walk-on role in Desert Fury, would always be in Scott's shadow. Miller never became a big star. Douglas, while working with Lancaster on the film, noted: "Lizabeth Scott played the girl we were involved with in the movie. In real life she was involved with Hal Wallis. This was a problem. Very often, she'd be in his office for a long time, emerge teary-eyed, and be difficult to work with for the rest of the day." Though relations between Lancaster and Scott were previously romantic, there was a falling-out now. Lancaster's behavior toward Scott was chilly, especially during one kissing scene, leaving Scott looking exasperated. Shooting took place early December 1946–mid-February 1947. The film was released January 16, 1948. By April 9, 1947, Lancaster tried to break his 7-year contract with Paramount. He claimed it violated a previous freelance deal—but added that he did not want to work with Scott anymore. Despite all the issues among the cast and past critics, I Walk Alone is usually judged now to be a classic film noir.
On October 27, 1947, in Washington, D.C., Bogart led Bacall and the Committee for the First Amendment—25 members of the film industry—into the House Un-American Activities Committee's hearings on communist influence in Hollywood. The actors maintained the innocence of the Hollywood Ten. Scott would eventually star in films with four members of the Committee for the First Amendment—Jane Wyatt (1910–2006), Lucille Ball (1911–1989, member of the Communist Party USA for one year—1936), Robert Ryan (1909–1973) and Paul Henreid (1908–1992)—in addition to Bogart himself. Later Bogart was forced to recant his position against the Hollywood blacklist by allowing his name to be used as a byline for the article, "I'm No Communist," in the March 1948 Photoplay. Morris Carnovsky, who played Scott's husband in Dead Reckoning, would soon be blacklisted, effectively ending his Hollywood career. One of the key witnesses testifying against the Hollywood Ten was Jack Warner, who fired Robert Rossen for allegedly injecting communist propaganda into screenplays. Another witness was an ex-communist and reporter for the New York Journal-American, Howard Rushmore, who would later write an exposé on Lizabeth Scott.
In January 1948, Scott played another noirish ingénue in the second favorite film she would make—Pitfall (1948) with Dick Powell (1904–1963) and Jane Wyatt. Director André de Toth (1912–2002) explained his reasons for casting Mona: "I wanted Lizabeth Scott. I didn’t want some blonde with big tits. You had to believe that this girl was real. Even if I took one of these over-sexed types who could not act, it would change how the Powell character is drawn into the affair. Remember the point of the script was that he’s just a middle-level insurance investigator. He’s tired of his job, spending time in his little office with a drab secretary. So I could have made a different picture, with a prettier girl than Lizabeth Scott, and told the story of that girl, her problems; but that wasn’t this movie. That would make it phony, if you cast it with Marilyn Monroe, a type like that. I needed somebody real." In post-war Los Angeles, the Powell character, John Forbes, is investigating Mona Stevens (Scott), a model at May Department Store, in connection with an embezzlement case. Her jailed boyfriend Bill Smiley (Byron Barr) brought expensive presents for Mona. As John searches her Marina Del Rey apartment, she returns home and catches him in the act. Despite initial appearances, she is no femme fatale. Bored with his wife (Jane Wyatt), John conducts an affair, but he soon competes for Mona with a voyeuristic detective, J.B. "Mack" MacDonald, played by a then unknown Canadian actor, Raymond Burr (1917–1993). Soon all the characters are enmeshed in a murderous, five-way relationship. Shooting took place January 15–February 18, 1948 at General Service Studios. It was released August 19, 1948. In the story, Mack dominates Mona by making her model various outfits at a fashion show, echoing Hal Wallis' own obsession with Scott's image in film and advertisements. In real life, Wallis would insist that publicity stills of Scott be retouched with extra care, that cheap products not be endorsed, that the price of high-fashion clothes modeled by Scott never to be mentioned in print. Price was no object to a true star. This idée fixe was especially echoed by the fashion parade in Desert Fury.
Walter Winchell (1897–1972), in his June 9, 1948 "On Broadway" column, repeated a rumor of Scott's impending marriage to Mortimer Hall (1924–2012), CEO and president of radio station KLAC and son of Dorothy Schiff, publisher of the New York Post. But Scott and Hall would later break up. Hall would eventually marry actress Ruth Roman (1922–1999), pursue Rosemarie Bowe—who looked similar to Scott—divorce Roman, then marry Diana Lynn (1926–1971), Scott's future Paid in Full costar.
In May 1948, it was announced that Jane Greer (1924–2001) and Robert Mitchum (1917–1997) would star in a football-themed story by Irwin Shaw, originally titled "Interference." Afterward, Lucille Ball replaced Greer and Victor Mature (1913–1999) replaced Mitchum. Scott was slated to play the female costar. Then Scott replaced Ball as leading lady. The reason for the role switch is unknown, though Ball never forgave Mature for his rudeness when they made Seven Days' Leave (1942). But Ball was in career slump at the time and had to take the secondary role of club secretary. Mature played football star Pete Wilson, who has a heart problem. As a result, he faces a dilemma that could end his marriage—or his life. Scott was Pete's wife, Liza "Lize" Wilson, a greedy, social climbing interior decorator, who might leave Pete if he quits football and loses his lucrative income. The original ending has Pete leaving Lize for the nobler secretary. But to the bewilderment of critics, it was changed to an ambiguous ending where Pete stays with Lize. The final film, titled Easy Living (1949), was shot early July–mid-August 1948, but was released October 8, 1949. Despite the general negative response when it was released, the 1949 New York Times review was uncommonly positive, though typically dismissive of Scott's performance. Critics of the day still saw Scott as a femme fatale, despite Easy Living being a sports-drama. But current critiques tend to see Scott as an underrated dramatic actress in her Lize role.
In September 1948, Scott would play the ultimate femme fatale in Too Late for Tears, with Don DeFore, Dan Duryea (1907–1966), Arthur Kennedy (1914–1990) and Kristine Miller. The story again takes place in post-war Los Angeles, where the facade of a typical married couple is shattered when someone by mistake throws $60,000 into their car. In an effort to keep the money, the wife, Jane Palmer (Scott), leaves a trail of bodies to the very end. This Hitchcock-like, black-and-white noir is widely considered Scott's best film and performance, eliciting praise even from the traditionally hostile New York Times. But the film was a box office failure when it was released and the producer, Hunt Stromberg, was forced into bankruptcy. The then discredited screenwriter, Roy Huggins, denounced the director Byron Haskin and said the film "had all the suspense of a two-hour ride on a merry-go-round." Yet 64 years after the Times review, a film historian has noted the film's staying power: "Too Late for Tears is a relatively 'unknown and unseen' noir and deserves this recognition, especially for its storyline, acting and the incredible performance of Lizabeth Scott in the femme fatale role." Though shooting took place mid-September to mid-October 1948 at Republic Pictures, the film was released July 8, 1949. During the shooting of a scene where Scott screams at Duryea, she accidentally broke a blood vessel in her throat.
At the end of 1948, Scott shifted dramatic gears in Paid in Full (1950). Mousy Jane Langley (Scott), a department store illustrator, allows younger sister Nancy (Diana Lynn), a beautiful store model, to marry Bill Prentice (Robert Cummings), despite Jane's love for him. A few years later, Jane has an argument with Nancy, who catches Jane and Bill having an affair. Distraught, Jane backs up her car and accidentally kills her young niece. The Prentices then divorce. Jane eventually marries Bill herself and gets pregnant, despite warnings from all around. Before Jane dies after giving birth, she gives the baby to her sister. Hal Wallis first read about the real-life story by Dr. Frederick M. Loomis in Reader's Digest on a flight to London. In a film reminiscent of Stella Dallas (1937) and Mildred Pierce (1945), both Cummings and the original screenwriter, Robert Rossen, were out of their depth. Rossen had to be replaced—but the film succeeded surprisingly well. The makeup department, however, was not entirely successful in toning down Scott's looks, in contrast to the supposedly more glamorous sister. Also, Scott deliberately chose clothes to enhance her figure. There was reportedly a "scene stealing" competition between Scott and Lynn on the set. Production ran mid-October–late November 1948. The film would not be released until March 1950.
On Tuesday, January 25, 1949, Scott collapsed and went into hysterics on the RKO set of The Big Steal (1949). She immediately quit after three-days' production. According to Scott's replacement, Jane Greer, Scott quit because she was concerned about being associated with the leading man, Robert Mitchum, who at the time was incarcerated at the local honor farm for a marijuana conviction—Mitchum was convicted January 10, 1949. It was also later alleged that Hal Wallis was supposedly responsible for Scott's bowing out. Yet, Scott would star with Mitchum in a RKO film two years later. During this same period, the press would report rumors of Scott's stage fright, an ailment common to actors. Scott herself has admitted to stage fright, explaining her absence during premieres of her films. Similarly to Jean Arthur, Scott's stage fright may have been associated with some psychosomatic illness.
By June 1949 Scott was reported recovered and was loaned out by Hal Wallis to the Princeton Drama Festival. In July 1949, Scott returned to the stage in the title role of Philip Yordan's play, Anna Lucasta, at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey." The press reported: "Folks who expected fireworks when Liz Scott and Tallulah Bankhead crossed paths at the Princeton Drama Festival were vastly disappointed. It was all sweetness and light."
Finally, Scott decided to legalize her stage name. Having been known professionally as "Lizabeth Scott" for almost seven years, Superior Court Judge Clarence M. Hanson granted on Wednesday, September 14, 1949, a request to legally change Emma Matzo to Lizabeth Scott, who was 15 days from her 28th birthday. In November, Scott returned to the stage: "Lizabeth Scott, out of movies for the winter, opened at the East Hartford, Conn. theater in Anna Lucasta."
1950 would see Scott act in four films. In a continuing effort to escape her femme fatale typecasting, Scott would play another self-sacrificing, June Allyson-like character before reverting to her usual torch singer/socialite roles. In The Company She Keeps (1951), a soap opera-noir hybrid, she played Joan Willburn, a probation officer who sacrifices her fiancé to a scheming convict, Diane Stuart (Jane Greer), who echoes Scott's Toni Marachek from Martha Ivers. Diane moves to Los Angeles to start a new life. She is met there by Joan, who procures Diane a job in a hospital. After Joan turns down a marriage proposal from a journalist, Larry Collins (Dennis O'Keefe, 1908–1968), Diane begins dating him. Joan initially resists the idea of Diane marrying Larry, but eventually gives it her blessing. While Greer's famous beauty was toned down for the film, Scott's was not. As a result, similarly to Paid in Full, critics were generally unconvinced that the leading man would choose the dowdy Diane over Joan. Most critics thought Scott and Greer were miscast and should have switched roles. Columnist Erskine Johnson summed it thus: "Lizabeth Scott is on her second reach-for-the-handkerchief-Mabel picture for RKO." Scott herself described her character Joan: "I call this girl the lovely damsel type." Production ran early March–early April 1950. It was released Jan 6, 1951. A box-office failure due to the then perceived miscasting and mix of noir and "weepie" genres, The Company She Keeps has risen in critical esteem with a more sophisticated audience in later years.
Scott played her third torch singer role in Dark City (1950), a traditional film noir. Her boyfriend, Danny Haley (Charlton Heston in his film debut) is a bookie who is the apparent target of a vengeful brother of a dead man that Haley swindled. Originally Burt Lancaster was cast as the leading man, but he refused to work with Scott again. Hal Wallis instead loaned him out to 20th Century Fox and MGM. Production ran April 5–May 12, 1950. It was released October 1950. In a May interview Scott said she was reading the entire oeuvre of Aldous Huxley. In another interview she admitted almost joining a cult endorsed by Huxley. Huxley, screenwriter Christopher Isherwood and Roddy McDowell were members of the local British expatriate community that explored concepts like reincarnation, fate and destiny, of which Scott also acquired. In this, Scott resembles Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a popular Catholic author within the Huxley circle. Yet, conversely, Scott was a friend and reader of Ayn Rand, an Aristotelian atheist. Later that year, Scott was cast to do the summer stock version of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (1948). Instead, she quit the production and audited two morning courses—philosophy and political science—for six weeks at the University of Southern California.
In Two of a Kind (1951), Scott is Brandy Kirby, a socialite who seduces a gambler, Michael "Lefty" Farrell (Edmond O'Brien, 1915–1985), into joining a caper. Brandy is working with her boyfriend attorney, Vincent Mailer (Alexander Knox, 1907–1995), both of whom want Mike to persuade an industrialist to change his will, making a long-lost son the beneficiary to ten million dollars. And Mike is to impersonate that son. Brandy coaches Mike on details of the McIntyre boy's life. She then arranges for Mike to meet Kathy McIntyre (Terry Moore, born 1929), the McIntyres' niece, who introduces Farrell to her uncle and aunt, William and Maida McIntyre. While Maida is convinced Mike is her son, her husband is still skeptical and refuses to change his will. Brandy tries to protect Mike, who endangers himself when he refuses to help Vincent murder the McIntyres. Production ran 10 October–November 2, 1950. It was released July 1951. Originally titled Lefty Farrell, much of the shooting was done on location at Malibu, California.
Red Mountain (1952) is set in the 1860s, starring Scott as Chris, the only member of her family to survive the Civil War. The leading man is Alan Ladd (1913–1964) in a typical knight errant role—Brett Sherwood, a Confederate Army captain seeking to make a last stand against the Union. Arthur Kennedy, as a freed Confederate POW fiancé, rejoined Scott as one of her two love interests. The villain of the story, General William Quantrill, was played by John Ireland, who would be blacklisted during the 1951–1954 period as a suspected communist. Red Mountain would be the second of Scott's three Westerns, though the only traditional non-noir one. When director William Dieterle became sick on the Gallup, New Mexico shooting location, Hal Wallis sent Scott's old adversary from You Came Along, John Farrow, to direct. The George W. George screenplay was based on an original story by John Meredyth Lucas, who had issues with both Farrow and Ladd, who was drinking heavily at the time. Ladd refused to wear a Confederate uniform and regulation Navy Colt, while Farrow would not follow the script. Lucas ended up disowning the resulting film. Scott injured her knee during a stunt in which she jumped off a 12-foot ledge—she injured herself on the fourth try. She had to be flown out from location. Production ran October 25-early December 1950. It was released May 1952.
On February 21, 1951, Scott flew from New York to Rio de Janeiro. She accompanied other Hollywood celebrities on a ten-day junket through South America. The group included Joan Fontaine, Patricia Neal, Ricardo Montalban, Evelyn Keyes, Florence Marley, John Derek, June Haver and Wendell Corey. The main event was the very first Punta del Este International Film Festival, held in the seacoast resort town of Punta Del Este, Uruguay. During the stopover in Rio de Janeiro, Scott suffered a relapse of her stage fright when meeting crowds at a local beach. On a plane heading to Montevideo, one of the four plane engines went out as they were flying out of Rio de Janeiro over the Atlantic. The plane was able to fly back to the airport. When the group returned to the airport the next day, they were met by a massive crowd and had to be escorted to the plane by police. Weeks later Scott was still nervous from the trip.
Scott would play her fourth and last torch singer role in The Racket (1951), another conventional noir. Irene Hayes (Scott) in caught up in a struggle between a big city police captain (Robert Mitchum) and a local crime boss (Robert Ryan), who resembled Bugsy Siegel. The film was released two months after the Kefauver hearings, in which Virginia Hill, a real life femme fatale and mistress of Siegel, denied having any knowledge of organized crime. While Irene Hayes was thought to be modeled on the smoky-voiced Hill, Scott denied the rumor. Production ran April 9–May 14, 1951. It was released November 1951. The Racket would be director John Cromwell's third and last film with Scott as he would be blacklisted till 1957, the year of Scott's retirement.
Scott returned to Britain in October 1951 to film Stolen Face (1952), a noir that presages Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) by several years. It combined elements from medical science-fiction, which would be repeated in the later work of the director, Terence Fisher, in his cycle of Hammer horror films. Paul Henreid is Dr. Philip Ritter, a London plastic surgeon, who upon losing the love of an American concert pianist, Alice Brent (Scott), recreates her face on a disfigured female criminal. They marry with disastrous results when Alice returns to England. Hal Wallis and Scott were breaking the Hollywood blacklist by allowing Henreid to be the leading man. As a former member of the Committee for the First Amendment, Henreid was forced to seek work in Europe till hired by Alfred Hitchcock to direct the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series. Scott would later star in an anti-McCarthy noir, with results to be compounded with a future visit to Cannes, France. Shooting took place late October–early December 1951 at Riverside Studios, London. During the production Scott was a guest at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London, where the Royal Film Performance of Where No Vultures Fly (1951) played. Along with other Hollywood actresses like Jane Russell, Scott got her chance to curtsy Queen Elizabeth.
In the spring of 1952, Scott returned to her beginnings as a comedienne when she began work on her first comedy noir, Scared Stiff, with Dean Martin (1917–1995) and Jerry Lewis (born 1926). Scott played an heiress who inherits a haunted castle on Mystery Island off the coast of Cuba. Though Scott would recall fond memories of working on the set in the years ahead, at the time of filming she found it trying. Scott found Lewis' impersonations of her offensive, while a jealous Hal Wallis instructed the director, George Marshall, not to let the romantic scenes between Scott and Martin get too steamy. As Wallis' future wife Martha Hyer would later note, "Hal Wallis was a very possessive man." Despite Scott's best efforts, including making excuses for Lewis' behavior to the press, most of her scenes, as well as Carmen Miranda's, ended up on the cutting room floor. Shooting took place late May–mid-July 1952. The film premiered the week of 28 May 1953 in Los Angeles. Despite the negative experience and reviews, Scared Stiff remains Scott's third favorite film. The original Paramount project was a spoof on Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945). Scott was to play a psychiatrist and Martin and Lewis were to be her patients. The name of the proposed film was Dream Puss.
Scott's stage fright was worsening. During the October 19, 1952 live broadcast of NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour, Scott reportedly hid in her dressing-room, until the casting director, Howard Ross, taunted her to face the audience. By the end of October 1952, of the original 48 big name actors under contract to Paramount in 1947, only four were left—Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, William Holden and Lizabeth Scott.
In April 1953, Scott would do her last film as a Paramount contractee. Bad for Each Other (1953) is set in Scott's home state of Pennsylvania, though in the southwest near Pittsburgh. In a story reminiscent of John O'Hara's Gibbsville saga, Scott is a decadent heiress, Helen Curtis, who tries to dominate a poor but idealistic physician, Tom Owen (Charlton Heston). Tom is a former Army doctor, who returns from the Korea War to his hometown of Coalville. When he finds out his brother, a corrupt mining engineer, was killed in an accident, he visits the mine owner, Dan Reasonover. During a party at Reasonover's mansion, he meets Reasonover's daughter, Helen, a two-time divorcée. She talks him into joining the practice of her physician, who treats the imaginary ailments of society matrons. They become engaged, but despite Helen's scheming to keep him in her jeweled world, he opts to leave it for his impoverished community instead when his friend, James Crowley, is killed. It is implied that Tom will eventually marry the nurse, Joan Lasher. The source material for the screenplay, Horace McCoy's novel Scalpel, was more nuanced than the linear morality play of Bad For Each Other. Though Tom breaks his engagement with Helen and returns to Coalville, there he breaks up with Joan, who returns to her fiancé James Crowley (who does not die in the novel), while Tom returns to fiancée Helen, who forgives him and takes him back. Tom ends up teaching at Harvard Medical School. Helen of the novel was closer in character to Joan the probation officer of The Company She Keeps than the seductress that Scott portrayed. Film historians familiar with the novel usually conjecture that the screenwriter, Irving Wallace, deliberately tailored the script to take advantage of Scott's noir typecasting. Shooting took place April 23–May 21, 1953. This film would be Hal Wallis' last attempt to re-pair Burt Lancaster and Scott. Patricia Neal was originally cast as Helen, but when Scott replaced Neal, Lancaster had to be replaced by Heston. The film is conspicuously missing in Heston's 592 page 1997 autobiography. Though Heston and Scott previously worked together in Dark City, there was reported feuding between the two on the set. The film was a box office failure. Eight months later in February 1954, Hal Wallis and Scott parted ways. Scott was now a freelancer.
In Scott's most overtly politically-themed film, Silver Lode (1954), she returned to the Western noir of Desert Fury, only in a traditional 19th century setting. Scott is a would-be bride, whose groom, Dan Ballard (John Payne, 1912–1989), is the target of a lynch mob on their Fourth of July wedding day. As the loyal fiancée, Scott is unwavering in facing volatile public opinion, fueled by the fear that Ballard is someone other than he appears. The film repeats many of the themes found in previous Western noirs as The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), as well as the then recent Johnny Guitar that premiered the previous month. Dan Duryea was cast as a villain named Fred McCarty, ostensibly named after William Henry McCarty (alias Billy the Kid), but usually assumed by film historians to be an allusion to Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908–1957). One of the actors, Frank Sully, who played the town's telegrapher, often appeared in the FBI's COMPIC (Communist Infiltration-Motion Picture Industry) files. Scott's female costar, Dolores Moran (1926–1982), who costarred with Bacall in To Have and Have Not, would end her career with this film. Shooting took place late December 1953–mid-January 1954 at Republic Studios. Unlike previous Hollywood efforts against blacklisting, such as the Committee for the First Amendment, manned mostly by Democrats, Republicans dominated the Silver Lode production. Though the screenwriter, Karen DeWolf, was a left-wing activist, director Allan Dwan (1885–1981) and John Payne were Republican, as well as Scott and RKO's owner, Howard Hughes (1905–1976). The film premiered in Los Angeles, June 24, 1954. When released the critical response to the film itself was muted as the film appeared immediately after the Army–McCarthy hearings and McCarthy's influence was already in decline.
In April 1954, Scott would attend the Cannes Film Festival, where she would pose wading barefoot in a fountain and surf for photographers. Though she would immediately leave for London after the festival, her visit to Cannes would have unforeseen consequences, in which she would face her own crisis of public opinion. Later that month it was announced that she would be the host of High Adventure (1957–1958), a travelogue television series for CBS, but she never appeared in it.
While Scott was signed to Paramount, 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.
Though the public response to Scott was generally favorable during the Paramount years, the film critics were less so, repeating unfavorable comparisons with Lauren Bacall and Tallulah Bankhead, which all began with Bob Thomas' March 1945 comment on Scott's screen test: "Her throaty voice may well make Lauren Bacall sound like a mezzo soprano." The most prominent critic of the era, Bosley Crowther of The New York Times, was uniformly negative. Typical of Crowther was: "As the torch singer jilted by the (Kirk Douglas character) and thereafter inclined towards revenge, Lizabeth Scott has no more personality than a model in the window of a department store." Of Dark City he described Scott as "frighteningly grotesque." However, Crowther was unique in that he never made the Bacall comparison (though he was negative on Bacall too). When Crowther gave a bad review of You Came Along, Scott recalled, "Being very young and naiive at the time, I didn't know you weren't suppose to do such things, so I called him up and complained. I told him how hard everyone worked to make such a beautiful movie, and I couldn't understand how he could be so cruel. I must say he took it awfully well, and was very kind to me."
Though Lizabeth Scott started her career as a comedienne with Hellzapoppin and The Skin of Our Teeth, she was typecast by the critics and public in the seductress, Rita Hayworth category, together with actresses like Ava Gardner (1922–1990), Maria Montez (1912–1951), Rhonda Fleming (born 1923) and Veronica Lake. In January 1946, columnist Erskine Johnson would observed that the biggest surprise of 1945 was that "it became fashionable to be bad." Former Hollywood heroines, saints and comediennes would join the ranks of seductresses. But despite Scott's femme fatale image, her most common role in 22 films was the heiress-socialite, of which she played variants of eight times, versus three femme fatales (Coral Chandler, Jane Palmer, Lily Conover). Of the four nightclub singer roles, only one was a femme fatale. Scott played the "ingénue-gone-wrong" three times (Toni Marachek, Paula Haller, Mona Stevens). Joan the probation officer of The Company She Keeps was a rare departure, as was the single mother (Elsa Jenner) of The Weapon. Yet even in her non-noir films Scott would remain in Lauren Bacall's shadow with some critics.
Historically, the Bacall character of To Have and Have Not traces back through a line of deep-voiced actresses developed by producers like Walter Wanger (1894–1968), who discovered Clara Bow (1905–1965), Hedy Lamarr (1913–2000) and Yvonne De Carlo. When Lauren Bacall first appeared on the screen in 1944, despite the close resemblance to Gene Tierney, critics saw her as imitating Veronica Lake's hair, manner and deep voice, with Scott following in 1945 (You Came Along), then Nancy Guild in 1946 (Somewhere in the Night). But before Lake's breakout role in I Wanted Wings (1941), there were already actresses like Hedy Lamarr of Algiers (1938) and Joan Bennett of Trade Winds (1938), both of whom were made-over by Wanger to resemble even earlier actresses like Ann Sheridan. The noir hairstyles of Lake, Bacall and Scott derive from the peek-a-boo styles of the 1930s—high-volume curls held with hairspray and long pins—which were wore by actresses like Sheridan during that decade. The Sheridans and Tallulah Bankheads of the 1930s were influenced in looks, voice and manner by the two actresses they most admired—Marlene Dietrich (1901–1992), who was Paramount's answer to Hollywood's original husky-voiced femme fatale, MGM's Greta Garbo (1905–1990). Unlike Hollywood's first popular femme fatale—Theda Bara—Garbo and Dietrich survived the transition from silent film to sound and served as role models for actresses of the pre-war era on either side of the Atlantic.
Despite the myriad of deep-voiced, lookalike actresses created by competing studios before To Have and Have Not, the popular pairing of Bacall and Scott remains permanent, if only for their association with Humphrey Bogart. Yet Scott's femme fatales still had the traditional male versus female conflict that was missing in Lauren Bacall's noir films—The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947)—as Bacall was never a femme fatale and always supported the hero. Nor conversely did Scott ever played a true heroine in the romantic Betty Hutton mode as did Bacall. Even when Scott played a non-villain, the character tended to be a victim of circumstances and was seldom assertively heroic as Bacall's characters, who were in their world, but never of it. The most assertive Scott characters were femme fatales, who were always of their world. Even Scott's ingénue roles reinforced her fatale image.
The cinematographic style of Scott's noir films, from The Strange Love of Martha Ivers to No Time for Tears, is Expressionistic—the "foreboding deep space, the use of the wide-angle lens to create an element of distortion in the juxtaposition of foreground and background, the aggressive, staccato editing rhythms, and the oblique camera angles, whether in tilted close-ups or the preference for floor..." Standard film noir iconography contribute to the total effect. Though Scott handled firearms in only five films, the handgun is an integral part of her popular image as are the lit cigarette, elaborate coiffure and evening gown with opera gloves. Film historian Eddie Muller has noted that no other actress has appeared in so many noir films, with 15 of her 22 films qualifying. In addition to the classical black-and-white noir, Scott appeared in noir variants, such as color (3), Western (2), comedy (2) and soap opera (3).
Scott's style of acting, characteristic of other film actors of the 1940s—a cool, naturalistic underplay derived from multiple sources—was often depreciated by critics who preferred the more emphatic stage styles of the pre-film era or the later method styles. Current film historians critical of Scott either repeat Bob Thomas' image of an ersatz Bacall, Bosley Crowther in describing Scott's acting as wooden, or a pastiche of actresses of the period, as did Pauline Kael. But other historians see Scott's acting in a different light. Jerome Charyn described the style as "dreamwalking": "And then, among the Dolly Sisters and Errol Flynn, Bing Crosby and Dotty Lamour, the Brazilian Bombshell, Scheherazade, Ali Baba, and the elephant boy—all the fluff and exotic pastry that Hollywood could produce—appeared a very odd animal, the dreamwalker, like Turhan Bey, Sonny Tufts, Paul Henreid, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Lizabeth Scott, and Dana Andrews, whose face had a frozen quality and always looked half-asleep...The dreamwalker seemed to mirror all our own fears. His (and her) numbness was the crazed underside of that cinematic energy in the wake of the (Second World) war."
With the revival of interest in film noir and its corresponding acting style, beginning in the 1980s—possibly in reaction to past and current emotive acting styles—Scott's acting reputation has increased among critics and film historians.
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 Cummings role (July 1, 1946) and I Walk Alone (May 24, 1948). One notable radio performance was the Molle Mystery Theatre episode, Female Of The Species (June 7, 1946). Scott was also a guest host on Family Theater.
After being fired from the New York Journal-American in 1954, Howard Rushmore (1912–1958) became the chief editor of a New York scandal magazine, Confidential. For Rushmore it was a return to his days as film critic of the communist Daily Worker, but on the opposing side. He was fired from the Worker in 1939 for giving an ambivalent review of Gone with the Wind 1939). Later in 1945, allegedly without divorcing his first wife, he married Frances McCoy née Everitt, a widow with two teenaged daughters. McCoy was an ex-Powers model-cover girl and then an editor at the anti-communist Journal-American. After joining the Journal with McCoy's help, the former communist was reinvented by McCoy and her circle of friends—he began investigating the very industry that produced the films he once reviewed. He became a key witness in the House Un-American Activities Committee's 1947 hearings that the Bogarts protested against. Rushmore testified against Edward G. Robinson, Charles Chaplin, Clifford Odets and Dalton Trumbo. Since 1943, the US Army Signal Intelligence Service decrypted Soviet intelligence traffic through the Venona project, which revealed most Soviet agents operated east of the Mississippi. But Venona failed to reveal any Soviet agent working in Hollywood directly involved with espionage or sabotage, though members and former members of the Communist Party USA did work in the film industry, many of whom would be blacklisted by the major studios. The public's unawareness of Venona enabled Rushmore to continue with his stories about the dangers of communists in Hollywood. His fame as an anti-communist investigator grew. Eventually, he would be seen dining with William F. Buckley and Roy Cohn at the Stork Club. Till the spring of 1953, he was director of research for Senator Joseph McCarthy. Most of the allegations made by McCarthy, as chairman of the 1953 televised Subcommittee on Investigations hearings held in New York City, originated with Rushmore. Then he left McCarthy's inner circle for a brief return at the Journal-American. After criticizing his estranged friend, Roy Cohn, in print, Rushmore was fired from the paper. Then his old mentor, Walter Winchell, got him a job with Confidential.
In early 1955, several months after the Army–McCarthy hearings and premiere of Silver Lode, Rushmore wrote an exposé on Lizabeth Scott, a second-generation Republican and Catholic host of Family Theater. The publisher, Robert Harrison, was initially intrigued but skeptical. To verify some aspects of the story, he hired an out-of-work actress, Veronica "Ronnie" Quillan, to have luncheon with Scott. Quillan was to be bugged with a wristwatch microphone (Minifone) by the Hollywood Detective Agency. But the agency owner, H. L. Von Wittenburg, backed out and the plan never went through. He told Harrison, "I think this work stinks." Despite the lack of evidence, Confidential then sent a copy of the story to Scott herself.
What Scott read was that a police raid occurred on a Hollywood Hills bungalow at 8142 Laurel View Drive the previous autumn. Two female adults, one male adult and a 17-year-old female were arrested on prostitution charges. The bordello was run in part by John Visciglia, a film studio accountant. The police found an address book with the names and telephone numbers of various people in the film industry, including two numbers allegedly belonging to Scott, who lived in West Los Angeles from the late 1940s to the present day. "HO 2-0064" had a Hollywood prefix and was the residential number of a retired couple, Henry A. and Mamie R. Finke, of 4465 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, while "BR 2-6111" belonged to the 20th Century Fox switchboard at 10201 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles. It was listed as 20th Century's main number from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Scott did not work for 20th Century until 1956, when she would do one episode of The 20th Century Fox Hour (BR 2-6111 was common knowledge in the film industry and the basis of "Lizabeth Scott's phone number" jokes in Hollywood after the Rushmore article appeared).
Rushmore then allegedly quotes a January 10, 1946, Hollywood Citizen-News interview with Scott by columnist Sidney Skolsky: "She confided that she always wore male cologne, slept in men's pajamas and positively hated frilly, feminine dresses." "Male cologne" does not appear in Skolsky's original text and the closest reference to "hated frilly, feminine dresses" is: "Her pet aversions are gushy women, surrealistic art and dresses that are too deliberately sexy. The trait(s) she hates in men are name-dropping and parlor politician." Skolsky did note the new actress' then impoverished situation—she wore men's pajamas while doing her daily activities, including reading and eating, on a medium-sized bed (apparently the only furniture) in a small apartment without a telephone. The Rushmore article further stated that Scott spent her off-work hours with "Hollywood's weird society of baritone babes" (an euphemism for lesbians). He also linked Scott's trip to Cannes to a Parisian woman named "Frede." "In one jaunt to Europe (Scott) headed straight for Paris and the left bank where she took up with Frede, the city's most notorious Lesbian queen and the operator of a night club devoted exclusively to entertaining deviates like herself." Frédérique "Frédé" Baulé managed "Carroll's," an upper-class, cabaret-type nightclub at 36 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France. It featured mainstream entertainers of the day like Eartha Kitt and was devoted exclusively to entertaining café society and celebrities like Orson Welles. One of the owners was Marlene Dietrich, who happened to be the subject of "The Untold Story of Marlene Dietrich" in the then current issue of Confidential.
Hollywood Research Inc. was the new intelligence-gathering front of Confidential. Run by Marjorie Meade, Robert Harrison's 26-year-old niece, she was the one of the most feared persons in Hollywood since her arrival in January 1955. Once a proposed story was assembled, either she or an agent would visit the subject and present a copy as a "buy-back" proposal. But instead of paying the magazine not to publish the article, Scott sued. "On July 25, 1955—two months before the issue's printed publication date, while the (Dietrich issue) was still on the stands, Jerry Giesler, Lizabeth's lawyer, instituted a $2.5 million libel suit."
In retaliation, Confidential published the Scott story in the next issue. Under the byline of "Matt Williams," it was published as "Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls' Call Book." In November 1955, Scott again went to Britain to film The Weapon (1957). As with other European films of the 1950s–1970s period aimed at a US audience, Scott starred with another American actor, Steve Cochran (1917–1965), who played US Army CID officer Mark Andrews. Scott is Elsa Jenner, the widowed mother of Erik Jenner (Jon Whiteley), who finds a pistol and accidentally shoots a friend. He hides the pistol and runs away. The weapon was used in a murder 10 years previously. Mrs. Jenner, Andrews and the murderer—Joshua Henry (George Cole, born 1925)—are all in a race to find the boy. Though production took place early November–early December 1955, the film was not released until 1956 in Britain and 1957 in the US.
The next spring, despite Giesler's reassurances to the press, the legal effort against Confidential would go nowhere. Since the magazine was domiciled in New York State, and Scott was a California resident who initiated the suit in her own state, the suit was stopped. "In March of 1956, Los Angeles Supreme Court judge Leon T. David granted the Confidential lawyers' motion to quash service of summons, on grounds that the magazine was not published in California." Meanwhile, Rushmore tried to get Harrison to publish a story about former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt having an alleged affair with her African-American chauffeur. When Harrison refused, Rushmore quit and became a witness for California Attorney General Edmund "Pat" Brown (1905–1996). Since Confidential was ensconced in New York state, and New York refused to let Brown extradite Harrison to California, Brown instead put Hollywood Research and Harrison's niece on trial. On August 7, 1957, the California versus Hollywood Research trial began. It would eventually involve over 200 actors, most of whom fled California to avoid defense subpoenas. Rushmore, now the state's star witness, testified that the magazine knowingly published unverified allegations, despite the magazine's reputation for double-checking facts: "Some of the stories are true and some have nothing to back them up at all. Harrison many times overruled his libel attorneys and went ahead on something." According to Rushmore, Harrison told the attorneys, "I'd go out of business if I printed the kind of stuff you guys want." Ronnie Quillan herself testified at the same trial that she never verified the Scott story, thus not making the story "suit proof," but that Rushmore agreed to publish it anyway. But the state's case against Hollywood Research weakened as plaintiffs settled out of court, one-by-one. A mistrial was declared on October 1, 1957 when the jury could not agree on a verdict as three of the most prominent plaintiffs—Liberace, Dorothy Dandridge and Maureen O'Hara—had left the case. But to spare his niece a retrial, Harrison promised the Attorney General to publish only positive stories.
In the wake of the sensational revelations of the 1957 trial, Scott's case was forgotten by the media. Despite latter day claims that Scott's film career was ruined by the Confidential scandal, by the time the September 1955 issue of Confidential appeared, her career was entering its dormant phase. Scott began her career at a time when established actors were away at war, giving then unknowns as John Hodiak, Robert Walker, Dane Clark, Turhan Bey, Janis Paige and Scott a chance at stardom. When the old stars returned to the studio payrolls, the new stars declined. In addition, the rise of television and breakup of the studio system further curtailed film production. Film historians generally agree that Scott's career essentially peaked between 1947 and 1949. By February 1953 her stage fright was such that she even hid from friends. Scott did not renew her Paramount contract in February 1954, 18 months before "Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls' Call Book" was published. Between the end of her contract and Rushmore's article, she turned down numerous scripts, including a part in Wallis' The Rose Tattoo (1955). But instead of reinventing herself as Bacall did, returning to Broadway, Scott chose another path. After completing Loving You (1957), Elvis Presley's second film, Scott retired from the big screen and did not return to the stage. Later that year, she recorded her album, Lizabeth. During that same period, Howard Rushmore was under psychiatric care. On January 4, 1958, the author of "Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls' Call Book" would shoot Frances Rushmore and himself in a New York taxicab incident.
In 1957 Scott worked on her last major film, Loving You, with Elvis Presley in his second musical. Scott played Glenda Markle, the manager of a failed country band, led by her disgruntled ex-husband, Walter "Tex" Warner (Wendell Corey). By accident, she discovers the musical talent of a young delivery man, Deke Rivers (Presley), and uses him to revive the band's fortunes by appealing to teenagers. Glenda creates interest in her protégé with unorthodox stratagems. The director, Hal Kanter, said that Glenda's marketing techniques were based on those of Presley's real-life manager, Colonel Tom Parker. During the shooting of Loving You, Scott was reported to be infatuated with Presley. During scenes where Glenda was not present, Scott would distract the production crew by trying to get a closer look at Presley. During a kissing scene, she playfully bit him on the cheek, leaving a red mark, which she called "just a little love nibble." The scene had to be reshot with the other side of his face to the camera. Though Hal Wallis tried to get Scott's singing voice undubbed for the production, he was overruled by the studio heads. Production ran late January 1957–mid-March 1957.
After completing Loving You, Scott signed a recording contract with Vik Records (a subsidiary of RCA Victor). Previously, it was announced back in January 1954 that Scott was being trained by Hollywood voice teacher Harriet Lee, and later by Lillian Rosedale Goodman—the final result was that Scott "has a vocal range of two octaves, A below C to High C," making Scott a mezzo-soprano.
Scott recorded the album with Henri René and his orchestra in Hollywood on October 28, 29 and 30, 1957. The recordings were arranged by George Wyle and Henri René, while Herman Diaz, Jr. produced and directed. Simply titled Lizabeth, the 12 tracks are a mixture of torch songs and playful romantic ballads. The album includes Willow Weep For Me, Can't Get Out Of This Mood and Cole Porter's I'm In Love Again. The inner notes has an interview with Scott by columnist Earl Wilson, who writes in typical Wilsonian prose, "Liz, who's quite a blouseful, is a fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson, sleeps in the nude, loves deep-sea fishing...and adores sexy clothes." Edith Head designed a gown especially for the LP cover.
The 1960s saw Scott continuing to guest-star on television, including a notable 1960 episode of Adventures in Paradise, "The Amazon," opposite Gardner McKay. Scott played the titular character, derived from a boyfriend's dialog: "She is a sleek, well-groomed tigress, a man-eating shark—an Amazon! She chews men up and spits them out." In Burke's Law "Who Killed Cable Roberts?" (1963), she camps it up as the ungrieving widow of a celebrity big game hunter in the Hemingway mode. 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. But much of her private time was dedicated to classes at the University of Southern California.
In May 1969, the future wedding of Scott to oil executive William Lafayette Dugger. Jr. (1922–1969) of San Antonio, Texas was announced after a two-year engagement. He was formerly married to the actress Mara Lane, sister of Jocelyn Lane. During the 1960s, Dugger and Scott would appear as items in gossip columns—they were seen at the Kowloon restaurant in Los Angeles, in England attending a pheasant shoot, then dressing up for a cocktail party, or vacationing in Acapulco. Scott also visited Dugger's mother, sister and brother-in-law in San Antonio, while Dugger was down in South America inspecting family properties in Peru and Uruguay. In late 1969, musician Rexino Mondo was helping Scott decorate her fiance's mansion on Mulholland Drive before the wedding: "The urns were in place. Liz took my arm and guided me down a hall into a large room, then introduced me to her fiance, Texas oil baron William Lafayette Dugger, Jr. He was in his late forties, of medium build, good-looking, with dark hair, a warm personality, and a strong handshake." Dugger himself described Scott as "A misunderstood soul searching for love. Her outward appearance is just a shell." Dugger planned to make a film in Rome starring Scott, but suddenly died on August 8, 1969. A handwritten codicil to his will leaving half his estate to his fiancée was contested by Dugger's sister, Sarah Dugger Schwartz. The will was judged invalid in 1971.
Previous to Dugger, several books claimed Scott was a mistress of Hal Wallis, then married to actress Louise Fazenda (1895–1962). Wallis had a falling out with Scott around the time of Bad for Each Other, with recriminations on Wallis' part. After Scott freelanced for a few years, Wallis made an effort to revive the relationship by making Scott the leading lady opposite Presley, as it might be his last chance to star Scott in anything. After shooting was completed, Scott walked away film acting to try her hand at singing. The 14-year-relationship that began at the Stork Club in 1943 came to an end. As Scott put it: "...out of the clear blue sky one morning, I woke and decided that I never wanted to make another film again. It was just a spark, I can't explain it." Allegedly, when asked what happened to the "E" in Scott's first name (an old Hollywood joke), Wallis replied, "It was lost along with her talent." Scott herself knew the relationship was over—only Wallis remained in denial. Scott avoided the symbiosis of Herbert Yates-Vera Ralston and returned to school. After Louise Fazenda's death in 1962, Wallis went into a depression and became a recluse before marrying Martha Hyer in 1966. In later life, he was reticent on the subject of Scott, despite an unjealous Hyer urging him to include Scott and his other mistresses in his autobiography. Though Casablanca was the film Wallis was most proud of, the ones he would repeatedly watch were those of Lizabeth Scott. Even during his second marriage, Wallis would continue to screen Scott at home, night after night.
In 1948 Scott was reportedly divorced from Russian Prince (Knyaz Князь) Stass Reed (1909–1989), whom she dated the previous year. In 1953 Scott was briefly engaged to architect John C. Lindsey, whom later became Diana Lynn's first husband before Mortimer Hall (Lynn was dating Stass Reed before she suddenly married Lindsay). Scott herself tended toward secrecy in personal relationships and publicly disparaged former dates who tell all to the press. Once their date appears in the press, "...the man goes off (her) date list...'I think,' said Miss Scott, 'that gentlemen don't tell.'" In 1948 Burt Lancaster, the sort of "serious, compulsive womanizer" that Scott scorned, said of Scott: "Becoming her close friend...is 'a long stretch at hard labor.'" In the period between 1945 to the 1970s, the press reported Scott dating Stewart Granger, James Mason, plastic surgeon Gregory Pollock, Richard Quine, William Dozier, Philip Cochran, Herb Caen, Peter Lawford, Anson Bond of the clothing store chain family, Seymour Bayer of the pharmaceutical family, Marquess of Milford Haven, race-track owner Gerald "Jerry" Herzfeld, Eddie Sutherland and Laurence Harvey among scores of others. Burt Bacharach himself would date Scott during his breakup with Angie Dickinson. According to Bacharach: "She personified what I love about a woman, which is not too feminine but a little bit masculine. Just the strength and the coolness and the separation from the frilly woman who is always touching you and wanting something...I think Diane Keaton had that kind of quality.”
Scott made her final film appearance in her second comedy noir, Pulp (1972), a nostalgic pastiche of noir tropes starring Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney (1920–2014). Scott plays a man-eating cougar, Princess Betty Cippola, who lives with the Beautiful People on Malta. One of her ex-husbands is Preston Gilbert (Rooney), an expatriate Hollywood actor who parodies the real life George Raft. Gilbert hires a pulp writer, Mickey King (Caine), to ghost his autobiography, but murderous complications ensue. The director and screenwriter, Mike Hodges, spent a long time coaxing Scott out of retirement to fly to Malta for the shooting. Scott said that while she enjoyed the monochromic beauty of Malta, the humidity created physical challenges, such as puffing up her hair on the sets. Scott was not pleased that most of her footage was cut out—eight scenes in all, despite Mike Hodges' apologies. Her sporadic appearances made it difficult for some viewers to account for her presence in the film. Hodges for his part reported that both Mickey Rooney and Scott were challenging to work with while shooting. Rooney was overly energetic and had to be shot on rehearsal as he never repeated himself. Scott was equally as tiring as she "hadn't make a picture in 15 years and I had to really coax her into coming back." But Scott overcame her stage fright and Hodges was pleased with both Scott's and Rooney's performances. Despite disagreements among the cast, crew and past critics, Pulp, as with the 1949 No Time for Tears, is increasingly considered an artistic success by film historians.
Since then Scott has kept away from public view and declined most interview requests. From the 1970s on, she has reportedly been engaged in real estate development and volunteer work for various charities, such as Project HOPE and the Ancient Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She did, however, appear on stage at an American Film Institute tribute to Hal Wallis in 1987. She was photographed next to an image of herself on the poster for The Strange Love of Martha Ivers at the AMPAS Centennial Celebration for Barbara Stanwyck on 16 May 2007. She attended another screening of the film on June 28, 2010 as part of AMPAS's "Oscar Noir" series at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
In 2003, film historian Bernard F. Dick interviewed Scott for his biography of Hal Wallis. The results was an entire chapter titled "Morning Star." In the chapter, the author observed that during the interview, Scott (80 or 81-years-old) was still able to recite her opening monologue from The Skin of Our Teeth, which she had learned six decades earlier.
Despite all the films she worked on, Scott's favorite is one she never appeared in—Doctor Zhivago (1965). Ever the non-conformist, she never stopped living Ralph Waldo Emerson's precept: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Lizabeth Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 1624 Vine Street in Hollywood.
Titles in the public domain.* See cites for copyright renewal dates.
|No.||Title, US release year||Studio, producer||Director,
|1||You Came Along
|John Farrow, Ayn Rand||Ivy Hotchkiss||Major Bob Collins
|2||The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
|Hal Wallis Productions/
|Lewis Milestone, Robert Rossen||Toni Marachek||Sam
Masterson (Van Heflin)
|3||Dead Reckoning (1947)||Columbia, Sidney Biddell||John Cromwell, Steve Fisher||Coral "Dusty" Chandler||Captain Warren "Rip" Murdock
|4||Desert Fury (1947)||Paramount,
|Lewis Allen, Robert Rossen||Paula Haller||Eddie Bendix
|5||Variety Girl (1947)||Paramount,
|George Marshall, Monte Brice||Herself||Burt
Olga San Juan
|6||I Walk Alone (1948)||Paramount,
|Byron Haskin, Charles Schnee||Kay Lawrence||Frankie
|7||Pitfall (1948)*||United Artists, Samuel Bischoff||André De Toth,
|Mona Stevens||John Forbes
|8||Too Late for Tears (1949)*||United Artists,
|Byron Haskin, Roy Huggins||Jane Palmer||Don Blake/
|9||Easy Living (1949)||RKO,
|Liza "Lize" Wilson||Pete Wilson
|10||Paid in Full (1950)*||Paramount,
|Jane Langley||Bill Prentice (Robert Cummings)||Diana Lynn,
|11||Dark City (1950)||Paramount,
John Meredyth Lucas
|Fran Garland||Danny Haley/
Richard Branton (Charlton Heston)
|12||The Company She Keeps (1951)||RKO,
|John Cromwell, Ketti Frings||Joan||Larry Collins (Dennis O'Keefe)||Jane Greer,
|13||Two of a Kind (1951)||Columbia, William Dozier||Henry Levin, Lawrence Kimble||Brandy Kirby||Michael "Lefty" Farrell
|14||Red Mountain (1951)||Paramount,
|William Dieterle, George W. George||Chris||Captain Brett Sherwood
|15||The Racket (1951)||RKO,
|John Cromwell, William Wister Haines||Irene Hayes||Captain Thomas McQuigg
|16||Stolen Face (1952)||Hammer/ Lippert, Anthony Hinds||Terence Fisher,
Lily Conover (after surgery)
|Dr. Philip Ritter (Paul Henreid)||André Morell,
|17||Lux Video Theatre
"Amo, Amas, Amat" (1952)*
|J. Walter Thompson Agency,
Anne Howard Bailey
|Margaret Bailey||Nicky Hanks (Ralph Meeker)||Oliver Thorndike|
|18||Lux Video Theatre
"Make Believe Bride" (1953)*
|J. Walter Thompson Agency,
Anne Howard Bailey
|19||Scared Stiff (1953)||Paramount,
|George Marshall, Herbert Baker||Mary Carroll||Larry Todd
|20||Bad for Each Other (1953)||Columbia,
|Irving Rapper, Irving Wallace||Helen Curtis||Tom Owen (Charlton Heston)||Dianne Foster|
|21||Silver Lode (1954)||RKO,
|Allan Dwan, Karen DeWolf||Rose Evans||Dan Ballard
Alan Hale, Jr.,
"I'll Always Love You, Natalie" (1955)
|Revue Productions||Lawrence Kimble
|Clara Townsley||Charles Townsley (Patric Knowles)||William Roerick,
|23||The 20th Century Fox Hour
"Overnight Haul" (1956)
|20th Century Fox Television, Peter Packer||Jules Bricken, Leonard Freeman||Frances Fowler||Barney Fowler
|24||The Weapon (1957)||Republic,
Irving H. Levin
|Val Guest, Fred Freiberger||Elsa Jenner||Captain Mark Andrews
|25||Loving You (1957)||Paramount,
|Hal Kanter, Herbert Baker||Glenda Markle||Deke Rivers
|26||Adventures in Paradise
"The Amazon" (1960)
|20th Century Fox Television,
|Joseph Lejtes, William Froug||Carla MacKinley||Adam Troy (Gardner McKay)||Claude Akins,
"Who Killed Cable Roberts?" (1963)
|Four Star, Aaron Spelling||Jeffrey Hayden,
|Mona Roberts||Captain Amos Burke
Zsa Zsa Gabor,
|28||The Third Man
"The Luck of Harry Lime" (1965)*
|20th Century Fox Television,
John Llewellyn Moxey
|Diane Masters||Harry Lime
|29||Pulp (1972)||United Artists,
|Princess Betty Cippola||Mickey King
- Janice H. McElroy (Pennsylvania Division, American Association of University Women, June 1, 1983), Our Hidden Heritage: Pennsylvania Women in History, p. 379
-  Emma Matzo is the name given in the 1930 U.S. census, April 8, 1930, which lists Emma Matzo, aged 8, daughter of John and Mary Matzo. Mary's date of birth is listed as 1901, instead of 1899 as given in the Social Security Index. John's immigration date to the US is 1913, Mary's is 1920.
-  Carole Langer (Soapbox & Praeses Productions, 1996), Lizabeth Scott 1996 Interview Part 1 of 8
- AP (Friday, October 21, 1949), "Star Changes Name," The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California), p. 25. AP article gives Scott's birthplace as Dunmore, Pennsylvania, while Scott gives her birthplace as Scranton in the Langer video interview.
- Year of birth from the Social Security Index. The 1920 US Census gives a birth year of 1898 and Hungary as country of origin. The 1930 and 1940 censuses give a year of birth of 1897.
-  Family Search, John Matzo
- Janice H. McElroy (Pennsylvania Division, American Association of University Women, June 1, 1983), Our Hidden Heritage: Pennsylvania Women in History, p. 380
- Mary Matzo's alternative year of birth, 1901, as given in the 1930 US Census, is the same as "Mary R. Pennock," who, according to the 1910 US Census, was born in Monroe, New York—90 miles west of Scranton, Pennsylvania—to William and Catherine Pennock. Catherine was born in Ireland in 1874 and immigrated to the US in 1900.
- Walter Dushnyck, Nicholas L. Chirovsky (Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, November 1, 1991), The Ukrainian Heritage in America, p. 331. Scott is described as Carpatho-Ukrainian.
- Andrew Spicer (Scarecrow Press, March 19, 2010), Historical Dictionary of Film Noir, p. 273. Spicer says "Born Emma Matzo to Slovakian parents..."
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount Pretties, p. 519. The father is described as English-born and the mother as Russian.
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 96. John Matzo is described as Italian and Mary Matzo as Slovakian.
- The 1930 US Census gives John and Mary Matzo's birthplace as Bohemia.
-  The 1940 U.S. Federal Population Census listed the father's birthplace as Austria (then Austria-Hungary). The mother's birthplace is also listed as Austria, though her maiden name is Pennock, a Cornish name used by families of various ethnicities in the US. Scott's siblings are Mary, John, Justine, Helen and Augustine.
-  Al Yaremko (September 1, 1945), "Another Ukrainian Movie Star Makes Debut," Ukrainian Weekly, p. 6. Yaremko article says Scott's parents are Ukrainian and notes the resemblance to Veronica Lake.
-  J. D. Spiro (September 11, 1949), "Lizabeth Is So Different," The Milwaukee Journal (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), p. 3. Interview described Scott's mother as a White Russian, who came to the US at 16 (the 1930 US Census states she immigrated to the US from Bohemia at age 18–19). The father is described as English.
- Paul R. Magocsi (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, July 30, 2005), Our people: Carpatho-Rusyns and their descendants in North America, 4th Revised edition, p. 81. Scott's parents are described as Rusyns from Carpathian Ruthenia, in what is present-day Uzhhorod, Ukraine.
-  Carole Langer (Soapbox & Praeses Productions, 1996), Lizabeth Scott 1996 Interview Part 5 of 8
-  Lackawanna County Censuses. Ward 7 contains "Pine Brook" section of Scranton. 1940 US Census placed Matzo family in Ward 7.
- Alfred N. Hare (Thursday, June 28, 1934), "Mercantile Appraisement," The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania), p. 18. Store address is 1001 Capouse (Avenue).
- Anonymous (Thursday, September 1, 1927), "New Mark For Construction In August Set," The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania), p. 12. Construction of the $17,000 (229,383 in 2014 dollars) "store and dwelling" began in August 1927.
- David Ragan (Prentice Hall, July 1, 1985), "Lizabeth Scott," Movie Stars of the 40s, p. 191
-  Google Maps
- David Ragan (Prentice Hall, July 1, 1985), "Lizabeth Scott," Movie Stars of the 40s, p. 192. Paramount public relations originally tried to promote the story that Scott was a post-debutante, who had a banker father.
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 470
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 96
- Gene Hansaker (Tuesday, February 26, 1946), In Hollywood, Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan), p. 7
- Barbara Acker (Applause Books, February 1, 2000), The Vocal Vision: Views on Voice, pp. 177–178. In Anglophone areas of the world other than the US, Mid-Atlantic has no upper-class connotation, a perception that occurs only with some Americans. A synthetic blend of US and British accents created in the 1920s, it has no historic connection to native upper-class or upper-middle class accents in either the US or Britain.
- Kathryn LaBouff (Oxford University Press, USA, December 21, 2007), Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer's Guide to English Diction, pp. 241–242
- Robert Macneil, William Cran (Mariner Books, reprint edition, November 14, 2005), Do You Speak American?, p. 51
-  "Lizabeth Scott." The Matzo daughters inherited a naturally deep voice. But like most actresses of her generation, Scott was a smoker, which may have contributed to the depth of her voice. "In December of 1995 Lizabeth quit smoking. She cites her self-discipline as being a key factor in her life success and ceased her habit cold-turkey. She encourages all to follow her lead although she admits, 'not a day goes by when I don't have that urge to smoke.'"
- Bob Thomas (Wednesday, November 17, 1948), "Ford, Lupino Do Turn-About Query," "The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida), p. 11
- Howard C. Heyn (Sunday, November 28, 1948), "Lush, Sultry and Single," "The Salt Lake Tribune" (Salt Lake City, Utah), p. 75
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount Pretties, p. 519
- Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland & Company, 1998), Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film, p. 445
- Anonymous (Tuesday, July 31, 1934), "Little Flower Notes," The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania), p. 8
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 465
- Anonymous (Saturday, June 3, 1933), "Marywood Seminary Pupils Give Recital," The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania), p. 6. This school burnt down in 1971.
-  Joseph Myers (January 26, 2012), University of the Arts lauds Mae Desmond: A new musical will address the life of a Queen Village theatrical legend
- Anonymous (Thursday, May 18, 1939), "News and Comment Of Stage and Screen," Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), p. 11. Paramount Pretties states that Scott was working for Mae Desmond at "Lake Ariel, New York," rather than Lake Ariel's actual location in Pennsylvania.
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 466
- Kathryn Leigh Scott (Gallery Books, September 27, 2011), The Bunny Years: The Surprising Inside Story of the Playboy Clubs: The Women Who Worked as Bunnies, and Where They Are Now, p. 12
-  Carole Langer (Soapbox & Praeses Productions, 1996), Lizabeth Scott 1996 Interview Part 2 of 8
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 96–97
-  "The Alviene School of the Arts," Alviene Blogspot
- David Ragan (Prentice Hall, July 1, 1985), "Lizabeth Scott," Movie Stars of the 40s, p. 192
- Ray Peacock (Friday, May 22, 1942), "Vaudeville's Back But Sh-h-h! It's Only Been Hiding," The Evening Review (East Liverpool, Ohio), p. 19
- Anonymous (Friday, May 16, 1941), "'Hellzapoppin' In Chicago," The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan), p. 7
- Erskine Johnson (Wednesday, January 10, 1945), In Hollywood, The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), p. 12
- Anonymous (Sunday, August 26, 1945), "Nickname Sticks: Lizabeth Succumbs To Hollywood Fad," The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), p. 41
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount Pretties, p. 520
-  This Shubert Organization theater is listed as defunct and/or demolished.
- Erskine Johnson (Friday, January 12, 1945), "That's California 'Dew,'" In Hollywood, Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan), p. 10
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 97
- Louis Sobol (Sunday, January 22, 1950), "Ballyhoo That Backfired!" Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, Idaho), p. 30
-  Earl Wilson (1947), "Big City Doesn't Do Much For Handicapped Veterans," It Happened Last Night, New York Evening Post (New York City, New York)
- Victor Gunson (Sunday, December 1, 1946), "Treason? Film Actress Lizabeth Scott Thinks N.Y. Glamorous, Not Hollywood," The Raleigh Register (Beckley, West Virginia), p. 13
- Joel Lobenthal (It Books, October 26, 2004), Tallulah!: The Life and times of a Leading Lady, p. 347
-  Michael Myerberg, Broadway Heretic
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 471
- Sam Stagg (St. Martin's Press, 1st edition, March 18, 2000), All About "All About Eve," pp. 319–335. The text cites Martina Lawrence, a secretary to Elizabeth Bergner, who fired Lawrence for still disputed reasons. Lawrence's husband was overseas during WW2, leaving Lawrence to support herself in New York City during the war years. Lawrence claimed that Mary Orr falsely attributed the origin of The Wisdom of Eve to her relationship to Bergner, which was one of employee to employer and in no way resembled the Orr story.
- Mary Orr, "The Wisdom of Eve," Cosmopolitan, May 1946, pp. 72–75, 191–95
- Bruce Kirle (Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition, October 24, 2005), Unfinished Show Business: Broadway Musicals as Works-in-process, p. 191
- Boze Hadleigh (Back Stage Books, June 26, 2007), Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz, and Gossip on the Great White Way, p. 194
-  TCM All About Eve (1950), full credits
- Sam Stagg (St. Martin's Press, 1st edition, March 18, 2000), All About "All About Eve," p. 224
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Thursday, June 24, 1943), "The $64 Questions," The Voice Of Broadway, Times Herald (Olean, New York), p. 13
- Thornton Wilder (Samuel French, first acting edition, January 1, 1944), The Skin of Our Teeth, p. 5
- George Jean Nathan (Ulan Press, reprint of 1943 ed., October 28, 2012), The Theatre Book of the Year, 1942–1943, p. 132
-  IBDb Elizabeth Scott
- Tallulah Bankhead (University Press of Mississippi, July 7, 2004), Tallulah: My Autobiography, pp. 258–259
- David Bret (Robson Books, September 1998), Tallulah Bankhead: A Scandalous Life, p. 174
- Eric Braun (Reynolds & Hearn, 2nd edition, May 1, 2007), Frightening the Horses: Gay Icons of the Cinema, p. 1927
- Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland & Company, 1998), Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film, p. 446
- Laura Wagner (McFarland & Company, September 2004), Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames, p. 66
- Anonymous (September 18, 1943), "Out-of-Town Opening," The Billboard (New York City, New York), p. 25. Billed as Gloria Hallward, Grahame was the second leading lady in Star Dust, opening in an "out-of-town" try-out. Her understudy was another future femme fatale, Marie Windsor.
- Anonymous (Sunday, August 15, 1943), "Myerberg 'Snatches' Gladys George Under Hollywood's Nose," The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), p. 31. George took over as Sabina on Monday, August 16, 1943.
- Anonymous (Tuesday, August 31, 1943), "The 'Skin of Our Teeth' Stars Out of Cast," New York Post (New York City, New York), p. 20
- Eileen Creelman (Tuesday, June 26, 1945), "Lizabeth Scott, of the Tawny Hair and Deep Voice, Talks of 'You Came Along,'" Picture Plays and Players, The New York Sun (New York City, New York), p. 13
- Earl Wilson (Saturday, June 10, 1972), "A Couple Of Strangers Helped Cloris' Career," That's Earl For Today," Cafe Circuit: It Happened Last Night, The Terre Haute Star (Terre Haute, Indiana), p. 4. In 1946 Joe Russell and Irving Hoffman had another collaborative success with Cloris Leachman.
- Arthur Gelb (Putnam Adult, 1st edition, October 13, 2003), City Room, p. 90. Joe Russell and Irving Hoffman lived in the same New York City apartment building, together with other press agents, where everyone would compare notes over poker games.
- Ken Bloom (Routledge, 2nd ed., November 11, 2003), Broadway: Its History, People, and Places: an Encyclopedia, pp. 249–250
- Earl Wilson (Tuesday, December 17, 1968), "That's Earl For Today," The Evening Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania), p. 2
- Lauren Bacall (Knopf, December 12, 1978), By Myself, pp. 70–72
- Louis Sobol (Crown Publishers, January 1, 1968), The Longest Street: A Memoir, p. 392. According to Sobol, Hoffman arranged for Hal Wallis to be at the Stork Club.
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 97–98
- Maud M. Miller (Winchester Publications, 1948), Winchester's Screen Encyclopedia, p. 170
- 1944 Walter Thornton Model Agency calendar, Lizabeth Scott Model of the month
-  Anonymous (May 16, 1990), " Walter Thornton, Agent for Models, Dies of Stroke at 88," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Howard Greenberger (St. Martin's Press, 1978) "Bogey's Baby," p. 88
- Lauren Bacall (It Books, October 31, 2006), By Myself and Then Some, pp. 78–81. Previous to Scott, Feldman made a similar invitation to Bacall to come to California, all expenses paid.
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 99
- Ernest Havemann (April 17, 1950), "Packages of Stars: Agent Charles Feldman gambles on bundles of actors, directors, scripts," Life (New York City, New York), p. 107
- Harlan Lebo (Touchstone, 1st edition, October 1, 1992), Casablanca: Behind the Scenes, p. 194. Though Jack Warner had nothing to do with the making of Casablanca, studio heads were expected to accept awards if no one else was available, but it was common knowledge in the industry that the film was Wallis' personal project. Wallis would spend the rest of his life going back-and-forth in denial that Warner had tricked him. Near the end of his life, Wallis finally conceded that he was deliberately humiliated by Warner.
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount Pretties, p. 520. Waiting period given is two months.
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 467. Waiting period given is five weeks.
- J. D. Spiro (Sunday, September 11, 1949), "Lizabeth Is So Different," The Milwaukee Journal (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), p. 3
- Paul F. Boller, Ronald L. Davis (Ballantine Books, Aug 12, 1988), Hollywood Anecdotes, p. 133
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 469
- Hedda Hopper (Sunday, October 7, 1951), "She Lives For Her Job," The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), p. 124
- Eric Braun (Reynolds & Hearn, 2nd edition, May 1, 2007), Frightening the Horses: Gay Icons of the Cinema, p. 1928
-  IMDb "Elizabeth Scott (II) (1915–2001)"
- David Ehrenstein (University of California Press, May 18, 1999), "Desert Fury, Mon Amour," Film Quarterly: Forty Years, a Selection, p. 481. Elizabeth Louise Scott is sometimes confused with Lizabeth Virginia Scott due to the similar name and appearance. The British actress is also confused with Elizabeth Jean Scott (1906-2001), the mother of director Ridley Scott.
-  Anonymous (Oct 19, 2001), "Museum founder dies, 85," Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 467
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 99–100
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 64–84
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 468. Waiting period given is six months.
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount Pretties, p. 521
-  TCM To Have and Have Not (1944), original print info
- Barry Monush (Applause, April 1, 2003), Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors, Vol. 1: From the Silent Era to 1965, p. 74
- "Love Letters," AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Volume 1, p. 1425
- "The Affairs of Susan," AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Volume 1, p. 36
- Bob Thomas (Friday, March 16, 1945), "Hollywood—It Takes A Spark To Make A Star," Big Spring Weekly Herald (Big Spring, Texas), p. 14
- Gita Bumpass (Sunday, November 25, 1945), "Three First-Run Pictures Offered on Abilene Screen," Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas), p. 12
- Rebel Hope (Sunday, May 11, 1947), On Film Fare, Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas), p. 88
- Barry Monush (Applause, April 1, 2003), Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors, Vol. 1: From the Silent Era to 1965, pp. 669–670
- Tom Milne, John Pym (Penguin Books, 2007), Time Out Film Guide, Volume 15, p. 275
- Pauline Kael (Henry Holt and Company, May 15, 1991), 5001 Nights at the Movies, p. 179
- Erskine Johnson (Friday, November 23, 1945), Hollywood, Rhinelander Daily News (Rhinelander, Wisconsin), p. 4
-  Carole Langer (Soapbox & Praeses Productions, 1996), Lizabeth Scott 1996 Interview Part 4 of 8
-  TCM You Came Along, original print information
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Monday, October 1, 1945), "You Meet Such Interesting People—" The Voice of Broadway, The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania), p. 4
-  Anonymous (September 10, 1945), "Inside Paramount," Life (New York City, New York), p. 11
- Louella O. Parsons (Tuesday, June 5, 1945), "Marie McDonald Will Star In Getting Gertie's Garter," The Modesto Bee And News-Herald (Modesto, California), p. 3. McDonald disliked her moniker, though acknowledging that no actress would be known as "The Brain" in Hollywood.
- Ben Lepkin (Saturday, March 25, 1944), I Like The Movies, The Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg Canada), p. 13
-  TCM "Lizabeth Scott Profile"
-  Marie McDonald Blogspot
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount Pretties, p. 519. Scott's height is variously given by other sources as 5'4" and 5'7".
- Francis Sill Wickware (May 7, 1945), "Lauren Bacall," Life, (New York City, New York), p. 101. In comparison, Lauren Bacall's statistics are given as a 34" bust, 23" waist, with a height just under 5'7", which are close to Scott's.
- Aline Mosby (Tuesday, February 12, 1957), "Lizabeth Scott Back In Hollywood Blossoming As Singer, Couturiere," The Daily Republican (Monongahela, Pennsylvania), p. 4. Scott sang for the first and only time in her film career in You Came Along (1945), with Helen Forrest and a chorus.
- Robert Miklitsch (Rutgers University Press, February 1, 2011), Siren City: Sound and Source Music in Classic American Noir, p. 219. Trudy Stevens dubbed Scott's singing in Dead Reckoning (1946), I Walk Alone (1947) and Dark City (1950).
- Alice Pardoe West (Sunday, July 2, 1950), Behind the Scenes, Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah), p. 7B
- John Todd (Friday, May 3, 1946), In Hollywood, Tipton Tribune (Tipton, Indiana), p. 2
- Bob Thomas (Wednesday, February 6, 1946), "Billy Rose Regards Life Story as 'Deal,'" The Times (San Mateo, California), p. 8
- Jimmie Fidler (Monday, April 29, 1946), In Hollywood, Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 103, 130. Lauren Bacall talked Hallis Wallis into hiring Douglas for his debut role. Bacall and Douglas used to date as teenagers in New York City.
-  AFI The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
- Jimmie Fidler (Sunday, July 14, 1946), Jimmie Fidler In Hollywood, Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri), p. 28
- Eddie Muller (Titan, 1998), Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, pp. 64–66
- Alan Casty (McFarland & Company, March 25, 2013), Robert Rossen: The Films and Politics of a Blacklisted Idealist, p. 154. Screenwriter Robert Rossen was a member of the Communist Party USA till he left sometime during 1946–47.
- John Sbardellati (Cornell University Press, 1st edition, May 1, 2012) J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood's Cold War, p. 98
-  TCM The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), original print info
- Bruce Downes (February 1946), "Halsman at Work," Popular Photography, p. 26
- Bruce Downes (February 1946), "Halsman at Work," Popular Photography, pp. 58, 158
- Marian Janssen (University of Missouri, December 31, 2010), Not at All What One Is Used To: The Life and Times of Isabella Gardner, pp. 63, 66
-  IMDb, "Pictures & Photos of Elizabeth Scott."
- UP (Thursday, June 27, 1946), "It's Tough In London," Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin), p. 1
- Anonymous (Sunday, November 18, 1951), "Lizabeth Scott Goes To England For Triple Role," The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas)
- Hedda Hopper (Saturday, June 15, 1946), Hedda Hopper's Looking at Hollywood, Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) p. 21
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 103
- Mike Steen (1974), Hollywood speaks: an oral history, p. 197
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 104
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Saturday, May 29, 1948), "Speaking for Myself—" Voice of Broadway, The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- Anonymous (Sunday, June 23, 1946), Hollywood Spot News, Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas), p. 11
-  Virginia MacPherson (Friday, August 10, 1945), "Don't Call Lizabeth No. 2 Bacall: Nothing Makes New Star Madder Than That Comparison," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania), p. 22
- Mark Osteen (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 29, 2012), Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream, p. 89
- John Kobal (Berkley, reissue edition, December 1, 1983), Rita Hayworth, p. 161
- Erskine Johnson (Tuesday, July 2, 1946), Hollywood, The Rhinelander Daily News (Rhinelander, Wisconsin), p. 4
- Dan Walker (Thursday, June 13, 1946), "Gotham Gazette," Along Broadway, The Evening Independent, (Massillon, Ohio), p. 4
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 105
-  AFI Dead Reckoning
- Virginia Vale (Thursday, August 8, 1946), Star Dust: Stage, Screen, Radio, The Terril Record (Terril, Iowa), p. 7
- Betty Gose (Wednesday, February 12, 1947), "Blonde Makes Trouble For Bogart in 'Dead Reckoning'," Scenes From The Cinema, The Amarillo Globe-Times (Amarillo, Texas), p. 19
- Rebel Hope (Sunday, March 2, 1947), "Week's Screen Menu Is Varied," Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas), p. 81
- Christine M. Sapienza, Bari Hoffman-Ruddy (Plural Publishing, Dec 1, 2008), Voice Disorders, p. 99. Bacall later suffered from Bogart-Bacall Syndrome.
- Bettina Sheppard (Adams Media, October 17, 2008), The Everything Singing Book with CD: From mastering breathing techniques to performing live—all you need to hit the right notes, p. 103
- Steven H. Scheuer (Tuesday, April 29, 1958), "Jane Powell Tells Of First Picture," TV Keynotes, The Troy Record (Troy, New York), p. 27
- Dick Kleiner (Monday, July 17, 1995), "Sinise was nominated for 'Gump,'" The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), p. 7
- Bettelou Peterson (January 14, 1992), "Where's Lizabeth Scott?" Deseret News
- Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland & Company, 1998), Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film, p. 454
- Lauren Bacall (Knopf, December 12, 1978), By Myself, p. 72. According to Bacall, producer David O. Selznick rejected her due to her close resemblance to Stevens. Stevens herself starred in the 1947 Broadway version of Laura due to her resemblance to Gene Tierney.
- Daniela Turudich (Streamline Press, 2nd edition, May 1, 2012), 1940s Hairstyles, pp. 46–47
- Matthew Bernstein (University of Minnesota Press, January 31, 2000), Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent, p. 190. Producer Walter Wanger cast Yvonne de Carlo for Salome, Where She Danced (1945) due to her resemblance to Hedy Lamarr and Joan Bennett.
-  Tom Vallance (Saturday 28 August 1999), "Obituary: Nancy Guild," The Independent. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck first noticed Guild due to her resemblance to Gene Tierney.
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 111
- Tom Weaver (McFarland & Company, February 25, 2010), "Rosemarie Bowe on The Golden Mistress," A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers, pp. 153–154
- Richard M. Fried (Oxford University Press, USA, reprint edition, March 28, 1991), Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective, p. 77
- Sidney Skolsky (Saturday, July 13, 1946), "The Threat to The Look," Hollywood Is My Beat, Week-end Magazine, New York Post (New York City, New York), p. 12
- Gene Handsaker (Thursday, January 17, 1952), Hollywood, The Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- Erskine Johnson (Saturday, July 27, 1946), "In Hollywood," The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- UP (September 6, 1946), Dunkirk Evening Observer, p. 1
-  TCM Dead Reckoning (1947), original print info
- Erskine Johnson (Monday, August 5, 1948), "Crowd's Champion," In Hollywood, Evening News (Cumberland, Maryland), p. 7
- Kevin Starr (Oxford University Press, USA, August 7, 2003), Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950, p. 10
- The first color film noir was Leave Her to Heaven (1945).
- Though Astor came from an earlier generation of actresses, she embodied the hard-boiled image in The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- David Ehrenstein (University of California Press, May 18, 1999), "Desert Fury, Mon Amour," Film Quarterly: Forty Years, a Selection, p. 481
-  T.M.P. (September 25, 1947), Desert Fury (1947) At the Paramount, New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Jay Jorgensen (2010), Edith Head: The Fifty-year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer, pp. 125–126
-  TCM Desert Fury (1947)
- David Ehrenstein (University of California Press, May 18, 1999), "Desert Fury, Mon Amour," Film Quarterly: Forty Years, a Selection, p. 479
- Ramona Stewart (The World Publishing Company, 1947), Desert Town"
- Hedda Hopper (Wednesday, September 19, 1945), Hedda Hopper's: Hollywood, Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), p. 8
- Louella O. Parsons (Tuesday, July 10, 1945), "Joan Crawford And Louis B. Mayer Talk Over Film Star's Return To M-G-M," The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California), p. 13
- Nancy Nelson (Applause, August 1, 2012), Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best, p. 166. According to varying accounts, Drake deliberately failed the screen test to get out of her contract with either her agent or Paramount.
- Marc Eliot (Harmony, 1st edition, September 21, 2004), Cary Grant: A Biography, p. 260
- Joe McNeill (Northedge & Sons, 2010), Arizona's Little Hollywood: Sedona and Northern Arizona's Forgotten Film History 1923–1973, pp. 312–319
-  TCM Desert Fury (1947), original print info
- Kate Buford (Da Capo Press, May 22, 2001), Burt Lancaster: An American Life, p. 74
- Todd Johnson (Friday, December 13, 1946), In Hollywood, The Courier-Gazette (McKinney, Texas), p. 2
- Boyd Magers, Michael G. Fitzgerald (Mcfarland & Company, June 2004), "Kristine Miller," Westerns Women: Interviews With 50 Leading Ladies Of Movie And Television Westerns From The 1930s To The 1960s, p. 161
- Kirk Douglas (Simon & Schuster, 1st edition, August 15, 1988), The Ragman's Son, p. 123
- David Fury (Artist's Press, 1989), The cinema history of Burt Lancaster, p. 20
- Kate Buford (Da Capo Press, May 22, 2001), Burt Lancaster: An American Life, pp. 74–75
- John Reid (Lulu.com, June 28, 2004), "I Walk Alone," Hollywood Classic Movies 1: New Light on Movie Bests, pp. 70–72
- AP (Monday, October 27, 1947), "Bogart Is Leader Of Delegation To Buttonhole Salons," The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas), p. 1
- Nick Redfern (Gallery Books, February 20, 2007), "Lucille Ball," Celebrity Secrets: Official Government Files on the Rich and Famous, p. 218–219
-  Humphrey Bogart (March 1948), "I'm No Communist," Photoplay, pp. 53–54
- Peter Stanfield, Frank Krutnik, Brian Neve, Steve Neale, eds (Rutgers University Press, December 15, 2007), "Un-American" Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era, p. 70
- Reynold Humphries (Edinburgh University Press, March 31, 2010), Hollywood's Blacklists: A Political and Cultural History, p. 145
- Peter Stanfield, Frank Krutnik, Brian Neve, Steve Neale, eds (Rutgers University Press, December 15, 2007), "Un-American" Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era, p. 189
- Jay Maeder (Monday, February 26, 2001), "Turncoat: The Estrangements of Howard Rushmore, "January 1958, Chapter 282," New York Daily News (New York City, New York)
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 468
- Robert Porfirio, Alain Silver, James Ursini (Limelight Editions, August 1, 2004), Film Noir Reader 3: Interviews with Filmmakers of the Classic Noir Period Alain Silver, p. 19
- Mark Bould (Wallflower Press, December 7, 2005), Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City, p. 61
-  TCM Pitfall (1948)
-  TCM Pitfall (1948), original print info
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 103–104
-  Mortimer W. Hall Obituary
- Walter Winchell (Thursday, June 9, 1949), "On Broadway," The Daily Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina), p. 4
- Louella Parsons (Wednesday, December 28, 1955), Hollywood, Corsicana Daily Sun (Corsicana, Texas), p. 10
- Hedda Hopper (Saturday, May 1, 1948), Hollywood, The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), p. 11
- Erskine Johnson (Tuesday, August 3, 1948), In Hollywood, The Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), p. 8
- Stefan Kanfe (2007), Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball, pp. 85, 112. Mature wanted Rita Hayworth and when denied, took out his frustration on Ball.
- James McKay (McFarland & Company, January 15, 2013), "Easy Living RKO 1949," The Films of Victor Mature, pp. 70–73
- Bob Thomas (Friday, October 8, 1948), Life In Hollywood, The Times (San Mateo, California), p. 12
- Jane Lockhart (December 1949), "Looking at Movies," The Rotarian, p. 38
-  TCM Easy Living (1949), original print info
-  H. H. T. (October 13, 1949), "Easy Living (1949) At Loew's Criterion"
- Michelle Nolan (McFarland & Company, reprint edition, February 16, 2010), Ball Tales: A Study of Baseball, Basketball and Football Fiction of the 1930s through 1960s, pp. 256, 261
- James McKay (McFarland & Company, January 15, 2013), "Easy Living RKO 1949," The Films of Victor Mature, p. 71
-  TCM "Too Late for Tears (1949)
-  A. W. (August 15, 1949), "Too Late for Tears (1949) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'Too Late for Tears,' Adult and Suspenseful Adventure Film, Is New Bill at Mayfair" New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Paul Green (McFarland & Company, February 28, 2014) Roy Huggins: Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, the Fugitive and the Rockford Files, pp. 101–102
- Ronald Schwartz (McFarland & Company, November 6, 2013), Houses of Noir: Dark Visions from Thirteen Film Studios, p. 130
-  TCM Too Late for Tears (1949)
- Louella O. Parsons (Friday, October 22, 1948), "Gene Bearden Stops Show In Hollywood; Indian Star To Appear In Stratton Movie," Lubbock Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas), p. 18
-  TCM Paid in Full (1950)
- Anonymous (Monday, November 13, 1950), The Courier-Gazette "'Paid In Full' Comes To Ritz Screen Tuesday," (McKinney, Texas), p. 6
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 123–124
- Anonymous (Saturday, May 6, 1950), Around Hollywood, Ames Daily Tribune (Ames, Iowa), p. 8
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Wednesday, March 29, 1950), The Voice of Broadway, Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania), p. 4
-  TCM Paid in Full (1950), original print info
- Louella O. Parsons (Friday, January 28, 1949), "Robert Donat Agrees To Come To US, Gets Top Role In Broadway Show," The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California), p. 9
- Allan R. Ellenberger (McFarland & Company, October 2000), Ramon Novarro: A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899–1968; With a Filmography, p. 157
- William Hare (Mcfarland & Company, August 2003), Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style, pp. 101–102
- AP (Monday, January 10, 1949), "Mitchum, Movie Star, Convicted on Narcotic Count," The Rhinelander Daily News (Rhinelander, Wisconsin), p. 1
- Lee Server (St. Martin's Press, 1st edition, March 20, 2001), Robert Mitchum: "Baby I Don't Care," pp. 183–184
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Thursday, February 24, 1949), Voice Of Broadway: Broadway Bulletin Board, The Record-Argus (Greenville, Pennsylvania), p. 9
-  Carole Langer (Soapbox & Praeses Productions, 1996), Lizabeth Scott 1996 Interview Part 7 of 8
- Liz Sonneborn (Facts on File, November 2001), A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts, pp. 6–7
- Louella O. Parsons (Monday, January 31, 1949), "Kipling's Famed Story Will Be Made Into Story, With India Background," The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California), p. 14
- Louella O. Parsons (Wednesday, June 22, 1949), "Sweet Judy Garland May Be Ready Soon For Work," The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California), p. 18
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), The Paramount pretties, p. 525
- Erskine Johnson (Saturday, July 9, 1949), Johnson's Hollywood, The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania), p. 18
- INS (Friday, October 21, 1949), "Lizabeth Scott Her Legal Name," New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania), p. 19. Date of name change is given here as Thursday, October 20, 1949.
- AP (Thursday, September 15, 1949), "Emma Matzo—She's Really Lizabeth Scott," Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), p. 13
-  Anonymous (Sunday, November 13, 1949), "Filmdom Chatter Box," Toledo Sunday Blade (Toledo, Ohio), p. 7
- Paul Donnelley (Omnibus Press, 3rd edition, November 1, 2005), "Jane Greer," Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries, p. 296
-  Bosley Crowther (January 29, 1951), "The Dancing Years (1949) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'The Company She Keeps,' With Lizabeth Scott Playing a Parole Officer, Arrives at Loew's Criterion At the Little Carnegie At the Stanley," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
- John Howard Reid (Lulu.com, March 23, 2005), Your Colossal Main Feature Plus Full Support Program, p. 52
- Erskine Johnson (Friday, April 14, 1950), In Hollywood, The Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, Mississippi), p. 3
-  TCM The Company She Keeps (1951), original print info
- James Robert Parish (Arlington House, 1972), "Lizabeth Scott," The Paramount Pretties, p. 527
-  Andre Soares, "Jane Greer on TCM: OUT OF THE PAST, THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS"
- Kate Buford (Da Capo Press, May 22, 2001), Burt Lancaster: An American Life, p. 108
-  TCM Dark City (1950), original print info
- Frank Neill (Tuesday, May 16, 1950), "No. 1 Bachelor Girl Talks on Smooching," The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California), p. 16
- Peter Firchow (LIT Verlag, March 27, 2009), "Huxley And Isherwood: The California Years," Aldous Huxley Annual, p. 6. Firchow describes the cult as "Isis."
- David Livingston (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, June 16, 2013), Black Terror White Soldiers: Islam, Fascism and the New Age, p. 247. Livingston describes the cult as "Dionysian."
- David Ragan (Prentice Hall, July 1, 1985), "Lizabeth Scott," Movie Stars of the 40s, p. 192. Ragan described the cult as "Danteism."
- Peter Ford (University of Wisconsin Press, May 12, 2011), Glenn Ford: A Life, p. 196
-  Carole Langer (Soapbox & Praeses Productions, 1996), Lizabeth Scott 1996 Interview Part 8 of 8
- George H. Smith (Prometheus Books, June 1, 1990), Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies, p. 30
- Anonymous (Sunday, May 14, 1950), "Liz Scott To Play On Summer Circuit," Cumberland Sunday Times (Cumberland, Maryland), p. 24
- Erskine Johnson (Monday, November 27, 1950), "Liz Gets Lots Of Color Doing Her First Horse Opera," In Hollywood, The Daily Register (Harrisburg, Illinois), p. 4
- AP (Thursday, June 29, 1950) "Actress Lizabeth Scott Takes University Study," Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), p. 9
-  TCM Two of a Kind (1951), original print info
- Mark Barron (Sunday, November 26, 1950), "Broadway Has Busiest Season Of New Week," Cumberland Sunday Times (Cumberland, Maryland), p. 41
- Ben Marcus, Marc Wanamaker (Arcadia Publishing, November 7, 2011), Malibu, p. 78
- Andrew Spicer (Scarecrow Press, March 19, 2010), Historical Dictionary of Film Noir, pp. 18–19
- John Meredyth Lucas (Mcfarland & Company, May 2004), Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television, pp. 164–165
- AP (Saturday, November 11, 1950), "Lizabeth Scott Injures Knee," The Winona Republican-Herald (Winona, Minnesota), p. 2
-  TCM Red Mountain (1952), original print info
- AP (Thursday, February 15, 1951), "Stars to Attend Film Festival," Jefferson City Post-Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri), p. 5
- Erskine Johnson (Tuesday, May 8, 1951), In Hollywood, The Daily Register (Harrisburg, Illinois), p. 4
- Bob Thomas (Thursday, April 12, 1951), "Nine Movie Stars Romp Through South America," The Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), p. 13
- Nate Hendley (ABC-CLIO, December 23, 2009), American Gangsters, Then and Now: An Encyclopedia, p. 233
- Erskine Johnson (Monday, May 7, 1951), In Hollywood, The Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), p. 7
-  TCM The Racket (1951), original print info
- Paul Leggett (McFarland & Company, January 15, 2002), Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion, p. 4
-  TCM Stolen Face (1952)
-  TCM Stolen Face (1952), original print info
-  THE ROYAL FILM PERFORMANCE Queen, Princess Margaret and others of Royal Family meet British and Hollywood stars at biggest night of Cinematograph year, at showing of 'Where No Vultures Fly'.
-  TCM Scared Stiff (1953)
- Martha Hyer Wallis (Harpercollins, 1st edition, November 1990), Finding my way: a Hollywood memoir, p. 91
- William Schoell (Taylor Trade Publishing, October 1, 1999), Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin, pp. 80–81
-  TCM Scared Stiff (1953), original print info
- Erskine John (Tuesday, June 5, 1951), In Hollywood, The Independent Record, (Helena, Montana), p. 4
- Aline Mosby (Wednesday, February 25, 1953), "Movie Stars Still Scared On Opening Night," The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), p. 8
- Erskine Johnson (Monday, October 27, 1952), In Hollywood, The Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), p. 7
-  TCM Bad for Each Other (1953)
- David E. Wilt (Popular Press 1, January 1, 1991), Hardboiled in Hollywood: Five Black Mask Writers and the Movies, pp. 40–41
- Anonymous (Saturday, December 30, 1950), Screen, The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania), p. 4
-  AFI Bad for Each Other
-  TCM Bad for Each Other (1953)
- Erskine Johnson, (Saturday, June 6, 1953), In Hollywood, Statesville Record & Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina), p. 16
- Erskine Johnson (Thursday, February 18, 1954), "Robert Donat Refuses To Retire," The Rhinelander Daily News (Rhinelander, Wisconsin), p. 6
- Jeff Smith (University of California Press, March 26, 2014), Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist: Reading the Hollywood Reds, p. 222
-  TCM Johnny Guitar (1954), Original print info. New York premiere May 26 1954.
- Alan J. Levine (Transaction Publishers, May 13, 2008), Bad Old Days: The Myth of the 1950s, p. 95
- Howard Hughes (I. B. Tauris, January 8, 2008), Stagecoach to Tombstone: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Westerns, p. 41
- Brian Neve, Stephen Neale, ed. (Routledge, June 8, 2012), "Hollywood and Politics in the 1940s and 1950s," The Classical Hollywood Reader, p. 395
- Bob Herzberg (McFarland & Company, August 16, 2013), Hang 'Em High: Law and Disorder in Western Films and Literature, p. 105
-  TCM Silver Lode (1954)
- Frank Krutnik (Rutgers University Press, December 15, 2007), "Un-American" Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era, p. 287. DeWolf would later end up being blacklisted herself.
- Frederic Lombardi (McFarland & Company, March 15, 2013), Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios, pp. 290–291. Dwan denied repeatedly in interviews that the film had anything to do with Joseph McCarthy.
-  O. A. G. (July 24, 1954), Silver Lode (1954), Silver Lode, "Horse Opera, Bows at Palace," New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Anonymous (Friday, April 23, 1954), News of the World in Pictures, The Bradford Era (Bradford, Pennsylvania), p. 17
- Anonymous (Sunday, April 11, 1954), "Wading Star," News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio), p. 11
- Louella O. Parsons (Thursday, April 15, 1954), "Richard Burton Due To Sign New Contract With 20th Century After Play In England," Lubbock Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas), p. 11
- Erskine Johnson (Thursday, April 29, 1954), Man-About Hollywood, The Daily Journal-Gazette and Commercial-Star (Mattoon, Illinois), p. 3
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 105
-  Bosley Crowther (July 5, 1945) "You Came Along (1945) THE SCREEN; A Story Imitative," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
-  Bosley Crowther (January 22, 1948), "ON THE SCREEN; ' I Walk Alone,' a Gangster Film, Starring Burt Lancaster, Opens at Paramount," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
-  Bosley Crowther (October 19, 1950), "Dark City (1950) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Charlton Heston Makes His Film Debut in 'Dark City,' Feature at the Paramount Theatre," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
-  Bosley Crowther (January 29, 1951), "The Dancing Years (1949) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'The Company She Keeps,' With Lizabeth Scott Playing a Parole Officer, Arrives at Loew's Criterion At the Little Carnegie At the Stanley," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland & Company, 1998), Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film, p. 450
- Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland & Company, 1998), Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film, p. 452
-  Bosley Crowther (November 3, 1945), "Confidential Agent (1945) THE SCREEN; Confidential Agent,' a Warner Thriller Starring Boyer and Bacall, Opens at the Strand—Lorre, Paxinou 'Heavies'," New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Bosley Crowther (August 24, 1946), "The Big Sleep (1946) THE SCREEN; 'The Big Sleep,' Warner Film in Which Bogart and Bacall Are Paired Again, Opens at Strand—'Step by Step' of the Rialto," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
-  Bosley Crowther (June 17, 1950), "Bright Leaf (1950) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'Bright Leaf,' With Gary Cooper as Tobacco Magnate, New Bill at Strand Theatre," The New York Times (New York City, New York)
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 470
- Anonymous (April 2005), "The Hollywood Family Tree," Premiere, p. 44
- Erskine Johnson (Thursday, January 10, 1946), "Ingrid Bergman And Milland In Top Film Spots," Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois), p. 7
- Ken Burke, Dan Griffin (Chicago Review Press, August 1, 2006), The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band, p. 100
- James McKay (McFarland & Company, January 15, 2013), "Easy Living RKO 1949," The Films of Victor Mature, p. 71
- Noel F. Busch (July 24, 1939), "America's Oomph Girl," Life (New York City, New York), p. 66. Though Louis B. Mayer of MGM signed on Lamarr, MGM did nothing with her till Wanger did Lamarr's cosmetic make-over for United Artists' Algiers.
- Matthew Bernstein (University of Minnesota Press, January 31, 2000), Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent, p. 190
- Jeffrey Meyers (Fromm International, 1999), Bogart: a life in Hollywood, p. 340
- Robert Heide, John Gilman (Doubleday, May 20, 1986), Starstruck: The Wonderful World of Movie Memorabilia, p. 204
- Jeanine Basinger (Vintage, January 6, 2009), The Star Machine, p. 290
-  Tom Vallance (Saturday 28 August 1999), "Obituary: Nancy Guild," The Independent. As a 20th Century Fox contractee, Guild's direct predecessor was Gene Tierney—who herself descended from a line of 20th Century Fox actresses that began with Theda Bara in William Fox's A Fool There Was (1915)—rather than Scott or Lauren Bacall as various film historians have suggested.
- Noel F. Busch (July 24, 1939), "America's Oomph Girl," Life (New York City, New York), p. 66. In 1938 Wanger, working then at United Artists, discovered Lamarr at MGM and borrowed her for Algiers. He made over Lamarr into an Americanized femme fatale-type. After Lamarr returned to MGM, Wanger found a replacement in a blonde Joan Bennett and made her into a duplicate of the brunette Lamarr.
- Matthew Bernstein (University of Minnesota Press, January 31, 2000), Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent, p. 146
- Debbie Wells (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 28, 2011), 1940's Style Guide, pp. 40–42
- Movie Hair—Screen Legends, Ann Sheridan
-  Movie Hair—Screen Legends, Ann Miller
- Ray Hagen, Laura Wagner, (Mcfarland & Company, September 2004), Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames, pp. 172, 197. When Marlene Dietrich first appeared in the US, it was assumed by some critics that she was a copy of Greta Garbo.
- Anonymous (Southern Methodist University Press, 1950), Southwest Review Volumes 35-36 (Dallas, Texas), p. 215. During the first half of the 20th century, a common critical view of the silent era femme fatales was that they were only a caricature, with a reprieve during the naturalistic '30s, but that the '40s was a return to the bad old days of Theda Bara and Musidora: "The femme fatale became a more recognizable woman in Greta Garbo and her double, Marlene Dietrich. She lingers in Hedy Lamarr and has been made ridiculous again by such synthetic sirens as Lauren Bacall and Lizabeth Scott."
- Theresa St. Romain (Mcfarland & Company, reprint edition, March 16, 2012), Margarita Fischer: A Biography of the Silent Film Star, pp. 40, 66–67. Margarita Fischer in The Vampire (1910) preceded Theda Bara's femme fatale in A Fool There Was (1915), though Bara popularized the archetype. The Vampire derived from Rudyard Kipling's poem of the same name.
- Moritz Föllmer (Cambridge University Press, February 25, 2013), Individuality and Modernity in Berlin: Self and Society from Weimar to the Wall, pp. 57–58
-  "Female Celebrity Smoking List—Garbo." Garbo was a heavy smoker.
-  "Female Celebrity Smoking List—Dietrich." Dietrich was a heavy smoker.
- Noel F. Busch (July 24, 1939), "America's Oomph Girl," Life (New York City, New York), p. 66. Typical of the 1930–50s period, Ann Sheridan would consume 30 cigarettes a day.
-  "Female Celebrity Smoking List—Tierney." Gene Tierney took up smoking due to her squeaky voice in The Return of Frank James (1940).
- Jeanine Basinger (Vintage, January 6, 2009), The Star Machine, p. 290. According to Basinger, the true proof that an actor was a star was that studios, including the one's own, would create lookalikes. Margaret O'Brien is quoted as saying how MGM created lookalikes for every star and how the studio used them to keep the stars in line.
-  "Female Celebrity Smoking List—Lauren Bacall." Bacall was a heavy smoker and had several smoking scenes in her first film.
- Bruce Crowther (Columbus Books, 1988), Film Noir: Reflections in a Dark Mirror, p. 123
- Foster Hirsch (Da Capo Press, 2nd edition, November 25, 2008), The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, p. 224. Paula Haller of Desert Fury is eager to join her Fritzi's underworld activities, despite her mother wanting a normal life for Paula.
- Mark Bould (Wallflower Press, December 7, 2005), Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City, p. 61. Bould is one of the few film historians that recognizes that Scott's Mona Stevens of Pitfall is not a true femme fatale.
- Aaron Sultanik (Associated University Press, June 1986), Film: A Modern Art, pp. 272–273
- David Ehrenstein (University of California Press, May 18, 1999), "Desert Fury, Mon Amour," Film Quarterly: Forty Years, a Selection, p. 481
- Paula Rabinowitz (Columbia University Press, July 15, 2002), Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism, pp. 95–96
- R. J. Reynolds (November 30, 1953), Camel advertisement, Life, (New York City, New York), back cover
-  "Lizabeth Scott." Scott has smoked in ten of her films.
- David Ehrenstein (University of California Press, May 18, 1999), "Desert Fury, Mon Amour," Film Quarterly: Forty Years, a Selection, pp. 483
- Melanie Bell (I. B. Tauris, February 2, 2010), Femininity in the Frame: Women and 1950s British Popular Cinema, pp. 30–33. Bell cites Scott's gowns and high-heeled shoes in Stolen Face (1952).
- Eddie Muller commentary, The Racket, Warner Home Video, 2006
- Andrew Spicer (Scarecrow Press, March 19, 2010), Historical Dictionary of Film Noir, p. 273
- John Reid (Lulu.com, November 19, 2004), "Desert Fury," Popular Pictures of the Hollywood 1940s, pp. 34–35
- Karen Hollinge (Routledge, April 21, 2006), The Actress: Hollywood Acting and the Female Star, pp. 9–10
- Terence Pettigrew (Proteus, 1981), Bogart: A Definitive Study of His Film Career, p. 86
- Brian W. Fairbanks (Lulu.com, October 28, 2005), The Late Show—Writings on Film, p. 136
- John DiLeo (Limelight Editions, August 1, 2004), 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember—But Probably Don't, p. 165
- Jay Jorgensen (Running Press, 1st edition, October 5, 2010), Edith Head: The Fifty-year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer, p. 126
- Dan Callahan (University Press of Mississippi, February 3, 2012), Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman, p. 152
- Frank Krutnik (Routledge, August 24, 1991), In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity, p. 257
- David J. Hogan (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, April 15, 2013), Film Noir FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Hollywood's Golden Age of Dames, Detectives, and Danger, p. 100
- Jerome Charyn (NYU Press, August 1, 1996), Movieland: Hollywood and the Great American Dream Culture, p. 137
- Jerome Charyn (NYU Press, August 1, 1996), Movieland: Hollywood and the Great American Dream Culture, p. 135
- David J. Hogan (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, April 15, 2013), Film Noir FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Hollywood's Golden Age of Dames, Detectives, and Danger
- Foster Hirsch (Da Capo Press, 2nd edition, November 25, 2008), The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, pp. 221–222
-  The Lux Radio Theatre 1934–1955
-  CastRoller podcast, Female Of The Species
-  OTR Family Theater
- UP (Saturday, January 4, 1958), "Former Confidential Editor Kills Wife, Self," Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona) p. 1
- Anonymous, (September 1955), table of contents, Confidential, (New York City, New York), p. 4
- Henry E. Scott (Pantheon, 1st reprint edition, January 19, 2010), Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine, p. 49
- Carlton Jackson (Madison Books, April 14, 1993), Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel, p. 49. Despite film historians' standard allegation that Rushmore gave a positive review of Gone with the Wind, he actually described it as a "magnificent bore," which was regarded as insufficiently negative by the editors of the Daily Worker. Rushmore still held to the standard communist party line that the film was "racist." In Jackson's account, Rushmore quit the Daily Worker in protest, rather than being fired.
- R. Fred Houts (R.F. Houts, 1991), Seventeen generations of Lawrences: Being primarily a genealogical record of the family and descendants of Oliver and Patty Ann (Wait) Lawrence, p. 141. Ruth Rushmore née Garvin alleged that she was only separated from Howard Rushmore and that there was no divorce, implying that he was a bigamist.
- Sam Kashner, Jennifer MacNair (W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2003), The Bad & the Beautiful: Hollywood in the Fifties, p. 32
- David M. Oshinsky (Oxford University Press, USA, September 29, 2005), A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, p. 252
- Larry Ceplair (University of Illinois Press, July 17, 2003), The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-60, pp. xiii–xiv
- Diana West (St. Martin's Press, May 28, 2013), American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character, pp. 88–89. Before the Cold War, communists working in the film industry on their own initiative (without directives from Moscow) would censor screenplays hostile to the Soviet Union.
- Peter C. Rollins (Columbia University Press, March 24, 2004), The Columbia Companion to American History on Film, pp. 29–31
- Henry E. Scott (Pantheon, 1st reprint edition, January 19, 2010), Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine, p. 53
- David M. Oshinsky (Oxford University Press, USA, September 29, 2005), A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, p. 318
- Henry E. Scott (Pantheon, 1st reprint edition, January 19, 2010), Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine, p. 36
- Neal Gabler (April 2003), "The Scandalmonger: Confidential's Reign of Terror," Vanity Fair (New York City, New York), p. 197
- Henry E. Scott (Pantheon, 1st reprint edition, January 19, 2010), Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine, p. 98
- Diana McLellan (St. Martin's Griffin, 1st edition, September 19, 2001), The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood, p. 358
-  Rushmore described the four-bedroom, two-story stucco residence as a "swanky, four-story house."
- AP (Saturday, October 2, 1954), "Juvenile, 3 Others Nabbed in Vice Raid," The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California), p. 2
-  "Lizabeth Scott," Fanmail
-  Old Telephone Exchange Names Los Angeles County
-  FamilySearch, Henry A. Finke, "United States Census, 1940"
-  Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company (May 1956), Los Angeles Street Address Directory, p. 866
- Matt Williams (September 1955), "Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls' Call Book," Confidential (New York City, New York), p. 32
-  Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company (May 1956), Los Angeles Street Address Directory, p. 598
- The Office of the State Fire Marshal, California (1948), Approved List. Flame-Retardant Application Concerns, Fabrics, Materials and Chemicals, p. 4
-  News Notes of California Libraries, Statistical Issue, Winter 1962
- Peter Bogdanovich (Ballantine Books, reprint edition, October 25, 2005), Who the Hell's in It: Conversations with Hollywood's Legendary Actors, p. 130
- Matt Williams, (September 1955), "Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls' Call Book," Confidential (New York City, New York), p. 50
-  Sidney Skolsky (Saturday January 19, 1946), "Hollywood Tintype: Hollywood's Newest Threat," Post Weekly Picture Magazine, New York Post (New York City, New York), p. 1. Abridged version of the Skolsky article contains an extra sentence: "She is a chain smoker and she uses a male cologne."
-  Sidney Skolsky (Saturday, January 26, 1946), "Tintype Of Lizabeth Scott," The Ukrainian Weekly, p. 5
- Matt Williams (September 1955), "Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls' Call Book," Confidential (New York City, New York), pp. 32–33
- Diana McLellan (St. Martin's Griffin, 1st edition, September 19, 2001), The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood, p. 227
- Shirelle Phelps (Gale, Nov 21, 1997), Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community, Volume 16, p. 118. After the war, Marlene Dietrich moved her old club "Le Silhouette" to a new location in Paris and renamed it "Le Carroll's."
- Robert L. Griere (Saturday, August 3, 1963), "Eat in Paris And Swoon With Delight," The Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), p. 13
- Serge Guilbaut (Museu Dart Contemporani de Barcelona, March 15, 2008), Be-Bomb: The Transatlantic War of Images and All That Jazz. 1946–1956, p. 116
- Anonymous (Gray's Inn Press, 1963), Transport Salaried Staff Journal, Volumes 60-61, p. 18
- Brian N. Morton (Olivia & Hill Press, 1st edition, May 1984), Americans in Paris, p. 71
- Diana McLellan (St. Martin's Griffin, 1st edition, September 19, 2001), The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood, p. 228
-  Joseph, "Marlene Dietrich's Confidential File"
- Neal Gabler (April 2003), "The Scandalmonger: Confidential's Reign of Terror," Vanity Fair (New York City, New York), p. 200
- Kenneth Anger (Straight Arrow Books, reprint edition, November 15, 1981), Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets, p. 377
- Anonymous, (September 1955), table of contents, Confidential, (New York City, New York), p. 4. On the table of contents, the article had the longer title of "Why Was Lizabeth Scott's Name In The Call Girls' Call Book?"
-  TCM The Weapon (1957), Full Synopsis
-  TCM The Weapon (1947)
- Diana McLellan (St. Martin's Griffin, 1st edition, September 19, 2001), The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood, p. 403
- Neal Gabler (April 2003), "The Scandalmonger: Confidential's Reign of Terror," Vanity Fair (New York City, New York), p. 202
- INS (Wednesday, August 7, 1957), "Lawyer Opens Trial Of Two Magazines," Anderson Daily Bulletin (Anderson, Indiana), p. 3
-  Douglas O. Linder (2010)
-  Larry Harnisch (May 15, 2007), "Hollywood madame," Los Angeles Times
- “The Confidential Magazine Trial: An Account"
- Bob Houser, (Saturday, August 10, 1957), "Actress 'Offered to Have Affair' to Get Hot Story: Tells Role of Cabot's Ex-Wife," Independent (Long Beach, California), pp. 1–2
- Henry E. Scott (Pantheon, 1st reprint edition, January 19, 2010), Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine," p. 98
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Thursday, August 22, 1957), On Broadway, The Daily Reporter (Dover, Ohio), p. 6
- Eddie Muller (Titan, 1998), Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, p. 96
- Sam Kashner, Jennifer MacNair (W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2003), The Bad & the Beautiful: Hollywood in the Fifties, p. 59
- Lillian Faderman, Stuart Timmons (2006), Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, p. 69
- Bonnie Zimmerman, ed. (Routledge, December 1, 1999), Encyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures, p. 374
- Erskine Johnson (Thursday, January 10, 1946), "Ingrid Bergman And Milland In Top Film Spots," Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois), p. 7
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 109–110
- Erskine Johnson (Tuesday, February 24, 1953), Hollywood, Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, Florida), p. 2
- Erskine Johnson (Thursday, November 17, 1955), "Lanza Sings Two Hours In Next Film, "Serenade," Erskine In Hollywood, The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, North Carolina), p. 25
- Alanna Nash (Chicago Review Press, September 1, 2004), The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, pp. 151–152
- Hal Kanter (McFarland & Company, reprint edition, April 30, 2013), So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business, p. 219
-  TCM Loving You (1957), original print info.
- Erskine Johnson (Monday, January 11, 1954), "Lizabeth Scott Develops La Dietrich Singing Style," The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California), p. 20
- Steven H. Scheuer (April 29, 1958), "Jane Powell Tells Of First Picture," TV Keynotes, The Troy Record (Troy, New York), p. 27
-  Discogs listing
- Lizabeth: Lizabeth Scott with Henri René and His Orchestra (1957), Notes by Earl Wilson, Vik
- Edith Head (1959), The Dress Doctor, p. 108
- 20th Century Fox Studios (March 21, 1960), Adventures in Paradise: Season 1, Episode 23, The Amazon
- 0533839 IMDb "Who Killed Cable Roberts?" (1963), Burke's Law
-  CTVA The Classic TV Archive—UK Crime Adventure Series, The Third Man
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 112
-  Lucy Who "Bill Dugger"
- Jack O'Brian (Thursday, May 15, 1969), "Voice of Broadway," Anderson Daily Bulletin" (Anderson, Indiana), p. 5
- Walter Winchell (Friday, May 20, 1966), "On Broadway," News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio), p. 33
- AP (Wednesday, August 16, 1961), "Actress Weds Texan: Oilman Takes Mara Lane As Bride," The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), p. 6
- Dorothy Manners (Wednesday, July 20, 1966), "Tab Hunter Returns To U.S. To Purchase Ranch," Hollywood, Anderson Daily Bulletin (Anderson, Indiana), p. 13
- Dorothy Manners (Friday, December 8, 1967), "Terence Stamp Files Libel Suit," St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida), p. 18D
- Suzy Knickerbocker (Monday, April 15, 1968), The Montreal Gazette (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), p. 15
- Eve Lynn Sawyer (Sunday, March 16, 1969), "Flotsam and Jet Some," Express and News (San Antonio, Texas), p. 64
- Rexino Mondo (iUniverse, May 4, 2010), The Immigrants' Daughter, pp. 183–186
-  LIZABETH SCOTT v. SARAH DUGGER SCHWARTZ (05/05/71)
- Edward Bunker (St. Martin's Griffin, 1st edition, August 18, 2001), Education of a Felon: A Memoir, p. 80
- Shirley MacLaine (Bantam, 1st edition, October 1, 1991), Dance While You Can, p. 31
- John Meredyth Lucas (Mcfarland & Company, May 2004), Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television, p. 163
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, p. 119
- Robert Porfirio (2002), "Lizabeth Scott," Film Noir Reader 3: Interviews with Filmmakers of the Classic Noir Period, p. 197
- Erskine Johnson (Friday, December 9, 1949), In Hollywood, The Dixon Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois), p. 4
- Hal B. Wallis, Charles Higham (Macmillan, September 1, 1980), Starmaker: the autobiography of Hal B. Wallis, pp. 115–116
- Charles Higham (University of Wisconsin Press, 1st edition, October 27, 2009), In and Out of Hollywood: A Biographer’s Memoir, p. 214
- Dorothy Kilgallen, (Thursday, November 18, 1948), "Broadway Grapevine—" Voice of Broadway, The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania), p. 4
-  AncientFaces Stass Reed (1909 - 1989)
- Walter Winchell (Friday, June 20, 1947), "Bandsman Spike Jones Is To Marry His Vocalist In Fall," Lubbock Evening Journal (Lubbock, Texas), p. 16
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Friday, July 17, 1953), "Jottings in Pencil," Voice Of Broadway, The Record-Argus (Greenville, Pennsylvania), p. 11
- Walter Winchell (Friday, March 25, 1949), "G. B. Shaw Furnishes Answer to Infinitive Splitting Question," News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio), p. 13
- UP (Thursday, April 1, 1948), Hollywood, The Daily Notes (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania), p. 19
- Kate Buford (Da Capo Press, May 22, 2001), Burt Lancaster: An American Life, p. 6
-  Lizabeth Scott Dating History
- Erskine Johnson (Wednesday, November 20, 1946), In Hollywood, Pampa Daily News (Pampa, Texas), p. 6
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Wednesday, March 29, 1950), "Voice Of Broadway," Times Herald (Olean, New York), p. 17. Park Avenue plastic surgeon Gregory Pollock got into trouble with several film studios over claims that he did rhinoplasty on their stars, including Scott.
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Tuesday, October 24, 1950), Voice of Broadway, Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Thursday, November 30, 1950), "Broadway Bulletin Board," Voice of Broadway, Mansfield News-Journal, (Mansfield, Ohio), p. 4
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Saturday, January 6, 1951), "Gossip a la Gotham," Voice Of Broadway, The Record-Argus (Greenville, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- Hedda Hopper (Monday, October 1, 1951), "Lizabeth Scott To Wear 3 'Faces' In Picture," The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), p. 29
- Ed Sullivan (Monday, November 19, 1951), "Men and Maids, and Stuff. RCA engineering geniuses," Little Old New York, Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas), p. 4
- INS (Wednesday, May 6, 1953), "Bachelor-Girl Lizabeth Scott Finds A Man," Lubbock Evening Journal (Lubbock, Texas), p. 27
- Dorothy Kilgallen (Tuesday, January 20, 1953), Voice of Broadway, The News-Herald (Franklin and Oil City, Pennsylvania), p. 4
- Walter Winchell (Wednesday, January 4, 1956), Broadway and Elsewhere, Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana), p. 4
- Earl Wilson, "Not For Us To Say," (Thursday, April 24, 1958), The Bristol Daily Courier (Bristol, Pennsylvania), p. 8
- Lee Mortimer (Friday, February 3, 1961), New York Confidential, Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana), p. 4
-  Lizabeth Scott Dating History
- Burt Bacharach (Harper, 1st edition, May 7, 2013), Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, p. 24
-  Juile Miller (June 12, 2012), "Chloë Grace Moretz on Her Carrie Remake and Being an Official 'Face of the Future,'" Vanity Fair (New York City, New York)
-  TCM Pulp (1972)
- John Howard Reid (lulu.com, September 27, 2009), Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills, pp. 387–388
-  Malta, the Mafia and Michael Caine: making Pulp
- Joel E. Siegel (November 8, 1972), "Film: Savage Messiah, Pulp," DC Gazette (Washington DC), p. 13
- Steven Paul Davies (Batsford, 1st edition, March 1, 2003), Get Carter and Beyond: The Cinema of Mike Hodges, p. 64
- Michael Bowlin (Sunday, July 2, 1989), "Actress Lizabeth Scott doesn't give interviews," I Wonder What Happened To...? The Kerrville Times (Kerrville, Texas), p. 50
- Pat Barham (Thursday, December 5, 1974), "What's A Celebrity? Here's One," Pat Barham's Showbiz, The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), p. 40
- Carol Thornton (Sunday, June 10, 1973), "A Circus for Project Hope," Valley News (Van Nuys, California), pp. 41, 43
- AP (Tuesday, July 20, 1976), "Pennsylvania People," The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania), p. 31
-  AMPAS Centennial Celebration for Barbara Stanwyck on May 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
-  "Lizabeth Scott Photo: THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS Academy Screening"
- Bernard F. Dick (The University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2004), Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars, pp. 95–110
- Burt Prelutsky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, November 3, 2012), Sixty Seven Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die, p. 466
- Larry Chang (Gnosophia Publishers, 1st edition, April 28, 2006), Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, p. 423
-  Lizabeth Scott at Walk of Fame
-  Copyright renewed December 8, 1987
-  US copyright renewed December 30, 2004
-  US copyright renewed December 30, 2004
-  US copyright renewed October 22, 1980
-  US copyright renewed January 3, 2005
- Walter E. Hurst, D. Richard Baer (Hollywood Film Archive, 1994), Film Superlist: 1950-1959, p. 73. US copyright renewed November 1977
-  US copyright renewed July 11, 1978
-  US copyright renewed May 4, 1979
-  US copyright renewed October 25, 1979
-  US copyright renewed December 19, 1979
-  US copyright renewed January 3, 1980
-  US copyright renewed June 25, 1980
-  US copyright renewed January 15, 1981
-  US copyright renewed January 4, 1982
-  US copyright renewed December 30, 2004
- Anonymous (Saturday, September 8, 1956), "Strange Meeting Seen On 'Spotlight,'" The Coshocton Democrat (Coshocton, Ohio), p. 6
- Anonymous (Saturday, September 8, 1956), "Strange Meeting Seen On 'Spotlight,'" The Coshocton Democrat (Coshocton, Ohio), p. 6
- Anonymous (Saturday, September 8, 1956), "Strange Meeting Seen On 'Spotlight,'" The Coshocton Democrat (Coshocton, Ohio), p. 6
-  US copyright renewed June 15, 2002
-  US copyright renewed December 19, 1984
-  US copyright renewed July 23, 1985
-  US copyright renewed August 27, 1988
-  US copyright renewed December 4, 1991
-  US copyright renewed June 19, 2000
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