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Born Emma Matzo in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on September 29, 1922, gorgeous actress Lizabeth Scott made her way to New York at an early age. She worked as a model while attending acting school, and by the time she was 20 years old, Scott was an understudy to Tallulah Bankhead. She was spotted by producer Hal B. Wallis, who put her under contract in the mid 1940s. Wallis had just left Warner Bros. and signed a deal with Paramount. Therefore, most of Scott's films were released by Paramount. She would remain under contract to Wallis until 1957, when she walked away from show business.

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Various shots of Lizabeth Scott, mostly from Paramount

Paramount's publicity machine dubbed Scott "The Threat" in order to create an on-screen persona for the beautiful actress. Scott's smoky sensuality lent itself to the film noir genre, and beginning with The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946; with Barbara Stanwyck), Paramount cast her in a string of thrillers. Due to a slight resemblance and similar voices, initially Scott was compared to Lauren Bacall, and even more so after Scott starred with Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart, in the noir thriller Dead Reckoning (1947). But Scott proved to be unlike any of her contemporaries, turning in one solid performance after another.

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You Came Along (1945)

Lizabeth Scott and Robert Cummings

With Robert Cummings in You Came Along, Scott's first film

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Lizabeth Scott and Van Helfin

From The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Van Helfin

Dead Reckoning (1947) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Dead Reckoning. LEFT: Beautiful pose. RIGHT: With Humphrey Bogart

Desert Fury (1947)

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Stills from the Paramount film noir thriller Desert Fury. LEFT: With John Hodiak and Wendell Corey. CENTER A: With Mary Astor. CENTER B: With John Hodiak. RIGHT: With John Hodiak and Mary Astor

I Walk Alone (1948)

Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott, and Burt Lancaster

With Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in I Walk Alone. Like Scott, both Douglas and Lancaster were discovered for films by Hal Wallis

Pitfall (1948) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Images from the underrated United Artists film noir thriller Pitfall. LEFT: With Raymond Burr. RIGHT: Raymond Burr threatens Scott and Dick Powell

Too Late for Tears (1949) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Lizabeth Scott and Don DeFore

With Don DeFore in Too Late for Tears. DeFore is best known for his role as George Baxter on the 1961-1966 TV series Hazel

Easy Living (1949) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Victor Mature, Lizabeth Scott, Lucille Ball, and Sonny Tufts

From the RKO drama Easy Living, with Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, and Sonny Tufts

Paid in Full (1950)

Robert Cummings, Diana Lynn, and Lizabeth Scott

With Robert Cummings and Diana Lynn in the Paramount drama Paid in Full

The Racket (1951) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Lizabeth Scott

From the RKO film The Racket

Silver Lode (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Lizabeth Scott and John Payne

With John Payne in Silver Lode

Loving You (1957)

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LEFT: With Dolores Hart, Elvis Presley, and Wendell Corey in Loving You, Elvis's second film. RIGHT: With frequent co-star Wendell Corey

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In the mid 1950s, a scandalous article in Confidential magazine, alluding to her sexual preferences, threatened to ruin Lizabeth Scott's acting career; after the release of Silver Lode (1954), Scott made no other films until 1957. In 1955, she sued Confidential for running the story. Ironically, Scott was also dogged by rumors of a relationship with producer Hal Wallis, who was at the time married to comedic actress Louise Fazenda. (Fazenda passed away in 1962, and Wallis married actress Martha Hyer in 1966.) With all the public scrutiny of her private life, it's little wonder that Scott left the business when her contract ended in 1957. Following her retirement, Scott resurfaced in film and on television only sporadically, in the 1960s and 1970s. She also did some voice-over work in the 1960s for a series of commercials, and today the still-beautiful Scott occasionally makes public appearances, usually at film festivals.

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TELEVISION
Burke's Law: Season One, Vol. 1 [DVD](1963) DVD
The first 16 episodes from the first season--including "Who Killed Holly Howard?," "Who Killed Cable Roberts?," "Who Killed Alex Debbs?," "Who Killed the Kind Doctor?," and "Who Killed Snooky Martinelli?"--have been collected in a four-disc set. 13 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; vintage commercials; more. **16 episodes on 4 discs. 13 1/3 hrs.**

FILM
The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers [DVD](1946) DVD
Barbara Stanwyck is superb as a wealthy woman suddenly faced with memories of murder in her past. Kirk Douglas (in his first role), Lizabeth Scott, Van Heflin, and Judith Anderson star. 116 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Dead Reckoning [DVD](1947) DVD
When a war buddy is found murdered, ex-G.I. Humphrey Bogart investigates the killing and is soon ensnared in a dangerous web of desire, crime, and deception. Taut "film noir" thriller also stars Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky, Marvin Miller. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish; publicity materials; theatrical trailers.
Pitfall [DVD](1948) DVD
Superior film noir stars Dick Powell as a bored husband and insurance adjustor who becomes involved with beautiful model Lizabeth Scott, the ex-girlfriend of a jailed mobster. But when jealous private detective Raymond Burr tries to break up the pair, the stage is set for a deadly confrontation. Jane Wyatt, Byron Barr co-star; directed by Andre DeToth ("House of Wax"). 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Best Of Film Noir, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Three-disc set includes "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers," "The Stranger" (1946), and "Pitfall."
Easy Living [DVD](1949) DVD
A career performance by Victor Mature sparks this story of an aging football star who's been told that a life-threatening condition has ended his playing days, yet continues for fear of losing fame, fortune, and his beautiful but grasping wife (Lizabeth Scott). Lucille Ball, Lloyd Nolan, Sonny Tufts, Jack Parr co-star under Jacques Tourneur's direction. 77 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Too Late For Tears [DVD](1949) DVD
A film noir favorite, highlighted by Lizabeth Scott's classic "femme fatale" performance. She's mixed up in deceit, blackmail, and murder after a bag of money is mistakenly thrown into her car. Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy also star. AKA: "Killer Bait." 99 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Play All Regions.
Dark City [DVD](1950) DVD
Charlton Heston made his Hollywood debut in this suspense-laden drama, portraying a crooked gambler who helps bankrupt an unsuspecting bettor using company money at the table. After Heston's mark commits suicide out of guilt and the gang's leader is later found murdered, his girlfriend (Lizabeth Scott) implores him to adopt a low profile...but it may already to be too late. Dean Jagger, Jack Webb, Harry Morgan co-star. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
A Mexican and an American agent team up to take on a California rancher who's been exploiting illegal Mexican farmworkers, in "Border Incident" (1949). Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy star. A professional gambler (Robert Mitchum) and a beautiful singer (Jane Russell) get caught up in a deported crime lord's plan to get back into the U.S., in "His Kind of Woman" (1951). With Vincent Price, Raymond Burr. "YOU look into the gun of a fear-maddened killer" in "Lady in the Lake" (1947), director/star Robert Montgomery's "subjective camera" adaptation of the Raymond Chandler mystery about Detective Philip Marlowe's return to sleuthing. "On Dangerous Ground" (1952) focuses on a hardened New York cop (Robert Ryan) who softens up when he meets a compassionate blind girl (Ida Lupino)...the sister of a murder suspect. "The Racket" (1951) depicts the struggle between the police and the gang of racketeers they hope to put out of business. Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott star. Also included in this six-disc set is the documentary "Film Noir: Bringing Darkness Into Light." 8 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; bonus shorts "Women in Hiding" (1940), "You, The People" (1940); more.
Bad Girls Of Film Noir, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Sheila (Evelyn Keyes) was clever enough to smuggle diamonds into Manhattan from Cuba, but she's also "The Killer That Stalked New York" (1950) because she's carrying smallpox! Noir thriller co-stars Barry Kelley, Dorothy Malone. Two con artists plot to scam a couple by producing a double of their missing son, in "Two of a Kind" (1951). With Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott. Returning home to Pennsylvania from service in the Korean War, a doctor (Charlton Heston) falls under the spell of a lovely gal (Lizabeth Scott), but they're "Bad for Each Other" (1953). Co-stars Dianne Foster, Mildred Dunnock. Unless a "displaced person" from World War II can locate the soldier whose testimony can break down "The Glass Wall" (1953) keeping him from entering America, the man faces branding as a criminal fugitive. Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame star. 5 1/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); theatrical trailers; featurette; bonus "All Star Theatre" episode.
A Stolen Face (1952)/Blackout (1954) [DVD] DVD
Plastic surgeon Paul Henreid is so angry that he has lost concert pianist girlfriend Lizabeth Scott to her manager that he decides to make over the visage of a scarred female criminal in Scott's image. Henreid discovers that even with "A Stolen Face," his new lover is still a crook. With Andre Morell, Mary McKenzie. Next, "Blackout," from director Terence Fisher, stars Dane Clark as a downtrodden war veteran who agrees to marry sexy Belinda Lee in order to receive a decent chunk of cash. But after waking up from a drunken stupor with blood on his hands, Clark finds his father-in-law dead and Lee missing. What happened? Betsy Ann Davies and Alfie Bass also star. 159 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies;
Silver Lode [DVD](1954) DVD
Western action is mixed with an allegorical look at '50s McCarthyism in this tale starring John Payne as a frontier sheriff who must fight to prove his innocence when U.S. marshal Dan Duryea comes to town with a warrant for his arrest on theft and murder charges. Lizabeth Scott co-stars. 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; biographies; theatrical trailer; scene access.
Pulp [DVD](1972) DVD
Michael Caine shines as a hack thriller novelist in this twist-filled mystery laced with satire that reteamed him with "Get Carter" director Mike Hodges. Hired to ghostwrite a gangster film star's autobiography, Caine begins to suspect that the actor's Mafia contacts are real, as he becomes involved in an offbeat murder investigation that may wind up getting him turned into pulp. Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott co-star. 96 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French.

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filmography

FILM
Pulp (1972) with Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney
Loving You (1957) with Elvis Presley, Wendell Corey, Dolores Hart, and James Gleason
The Weapon (1957) with Steve Cochran, Herbert Marshall, and Nicole Maurey
Silver Lode (1954) with John Payne, Dan Duryea, John Hudson, Stuart Whitman, Harry Carey Jr., and Alan Hale Jr.
Bad for Each Other (1953) with Charlton Heston, Dianne Foster, Arthur Franz, Ray Collins, Marjorie Rambeau, and Ann Robinson
Scared Stiff (1953) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Carmen Miranda
A Stolen Face (1952) with Paul Henreid
The Racket (1951) with Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, William Talman, Ray Collins, Joyce Mackenzie, Robert Hutton, William Conrad, Les Tremayne, and Don Porter
Red Mountain (1951) with Alan Ladd, John Ireland, Arthur Kennedy, Jeff Corey, Neville Brand, Whit Bissell, and Jay Silverheels
Two of a Kind (1951) with Edmond O'Brien and Terry Moore
The Company She Keeps (1950) with Jane Greer, Dennis O'Keefe, John Hoyt, and Don Beddoe
Dark City (1950) with Charlton Heston, Don DeFore, Jack Webb, Viveca Lindfors, and Dean Jagger
Paid in Full (1950) with Robert Cummings, Eve Arden, and John Bromfield, Ray Collins, Kasey Rogers, Carol Channing, Margaret Field, and Dewey Robinson
Easy Living (1949) with Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, Sonny Tufts, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Paar, Jeff Donnell, and Don Beddoe
Too Late for Tears (1949) with Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, and Arthur Kennedy
Pitfall (1948) with Dick Powell, Raymond Burr, Jane Wyatt, and Ann Doran
I Walk Alone (1948) with Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, and Kirk Douglas
Desert Fury (1947) with John Hodiak, Burt Lancaster, Mary Astor, and Wendell Corey
Dead Reckoning (1947) with Humphrey Bogart
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Van Helfin, Judith Anderson, Darryl Hickman, and Ann Doran
You Came Along (1945) with Robert Cummings, Don DeFore, Charles Drake, Julie Bishop, Kim Hunter, Helen Forrest, and Franklin Pangborn

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Third Man, episode The Luck of Harry Lime, originally aired August 27, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Cable Roberts?, originally aired October 4, 1963
Adventures in Paradise, episode The Amazon, originally aired March 21, 1960
The Big Record, originally aired May 14, 1958
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode Overnight Haul, originally aired May 16, 1956
Studio 57, episode I'll Always Love You, Natalie, originally aired December 11, 1955
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater, episode A Hunting We Will Go, originally aired February 21, 1955
Lux Video Theatre, episode Make Believe Bride, originally aired June 11, 1953
Lux Video Theatre, episode Amo, Amas, Amat, originally aired December 1, 1952
Family Theatre, episode The Denver Express, originally aired August 31, 1949

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