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Warner Baxter photo from "The Crime Doctor" series discovered

on Friday, 04 November 2011. Posted in News

Ned Scott served as a contract photographer for Columbia Studios from 1945-48, and same period when the "Crime Doctor" film series was created. There were nine films in this series, and they all starred Warner Baxter. This film series consists of detective dramas which are consistent in scope and range of content. The quality of the series ranks more favorably than others such as Boston Blackie and Charlie Chan. Generally this series excels because each film carries a psychological undertone, lending to the plot lines a certain unpredictability and heightened suspense. Columbia designed these films to fill the second slot of a double feature headline in movie theaters, and as a result, the budgets for these detective crime dramas were less expansive than first run films. Baxter's co-stars included Nina Foch, Hillary Brooke, John Litel, Mona Barrie, Ellen Drew, Frank Sully, Paul Guilfoyle, and Edward Ciannelli. Baxter had a long and award-filled career beginning in 1914. He received an oscar for his role as the Cisco Kid in the 1928 film "In Old Arizona". He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right after his death in 1951, an event which occasioned the Los Angeles Times to write a brief tribute to the star. That article was accompanied by the Ned Scott portrait seen here.

Warner Baxter portrait by Ned Scott

Ned Scott created portrait of Warner Baxter as the "crime doctor", Dr. Robert Ordway in Columbia Studios' 1940's detective series.

Hillary Brooke photo from "The Gentleman Misbehaves" located

on Saturday, 05 November 2011. Posted in News

I have just found a undiscovered movie Ned Scott photographed for Columbia Studios in 1946. The title of the movie is "The Gentleman Misbehaves", starring Bob Haymes, Osa Massen and Hillary Brooke. The film is a combination comedy and musical directed by George Sherman. The plot is driven by an arranged marriage to prevent deportation which slowly develops into something more permanent. Life intrudes even into the best laid plans. This film is worth noting here because Ned Scott captured a stunning portrait of Hillary Brooke to support the publicity for the film. Brooke was not known for her eye-catching looks, especially in an era when Rita Hayworth and the rest of the Columbia Girls turned heads and made serious money for Harry Cohn when they got in front of the cameras. But once Ned Scott got her to sit still, magic happened. There were two things my father's peers said about his photography: he understood light (he can thank the Camera Club of New York for that), and he understood women. Something a bit mysterious but at the same time something naggingly famiiar emerges from this photograph. Ladies will probably say "It was the hair". But Ned Scott knew better.

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Hillary Brooke as Nina Mallory in "The Gentleman Misbehaves" by Ned Scott in 1947