Adrian Scott

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Adrian Scott
Born Robert Adrian Scott
(1911-02-06)February 6, 1911[1]
Arlington, New Jersey
Died December 25, 1972(1972-12-25) (aged 60)
Sherman Oaks, California
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer
Spouse(s) Anne Shirley (1945–1948; divorced), Joan Scott (née LaCour) (1955-1972)

Robert Adrian Scott (February 6, 1911 – December 25, 1972) was an American screenwriter and film producer. He was one of the Hollywood Ten and later blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Arlington, New Jersey, Adrian Scott was the producer of the film noirs Murder, My Sweet (1944), Cornered (1945), and Crossfire (1947), all of which were directed by Edward Dmytryk. Crossfire was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Scott had joined the Communist Party USA in 1944.[2] In October 1947, Scott was called to testify during the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings on Hollywood but – as did nine others – refused to testify and was sentenced to jail. Edward Dmytryk, another of these Hollywood Ten, later, in 1951 testified before the HUAC that Scott pressured him to put communist propaganda in his films.

Scott was subsequently blacklisted and, while he was unable to work in Hollywood, wrote pseudonymously for the British television series The Adventures of Robin Hood.[3]

He was married to the actress, Anne Shirley, who subsequently married another screenwriter, Charles Lederer, nephew of Marion Davies. He later married Joan Scott (née LaCour), fellow screenwriter and producer. Joan sometimes served as Adrian's front when he was unable to publish under his own name, and later the surname LaCour was used by both when writing in Hollywood.

Adrian is the brother of screenwriter Allan Scott, who is the father of actress Pippa Scott.

Adrian Scott died in 1972 in Sherman Oaks, California.


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  2. ^ Hopwood, John C. "IMDB Mini Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Tom Dewe (October 7, 2006). "The outlaws" (free registration required). The Guardian. Retrieved October 11, 2006. 

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