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newly discovered 1947 movie Ned Scott photographed for Columbia Studios

on Sunday, 23 October 2011. Posted in News

My research has just revealed a 1947 movie that Ned Scott photographed for Columbia Studios called "The Guilt of Janet Ames". The movie stars Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar and Nina Foch. The film is directed by Henry Levin for Columbia. The general theme of this drama is that one cannot escape the vicissitudes of life despite all the good intentions and grand efforts of psychoanalysts and good friends. Life is just one step ahead at every turn. The psychological downside holds dangers such as long standing resentment which can alter one's perception of reality, especially one's own. My father saved one 11 x 14 oversize print from this film in his own collection--a portrait of Russell. My sister has the print in her collection. Up to this point in my research, no clue as to the origin of the print existed. Now I can marry the print with its film origin, a satisfying moment for me as researcher.

Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas

Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas in "The Guilt of Janet Ames" by Ned Scott

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.