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Scattergood Baines(1941)

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The working title of this film was Main Street Scandal. Although the film was not viewed, the above-listed credits were taken from a cutting continuity deposited in the Copyright Registry. Composer Constantin Bakaleinikoff's surname is misspelled "Bakleinikoff" in the continuity. Actor John Archer was listed in Hollywood Reporter production charts under the name of Ralph Bowman, a name he had previously used until his appearance in this picture. According to a May 1940 news item in Los Angeles Times, RKO purchased the rights to the "Scattergood Baines" stories for $100,000. American Magazine began publishing Clarence Budington Kelland's stories featuring "Scattergood Baines," the good-hearted philosopher and shopkeeper of Coldriver, on January 1920. According to the Motion Picture Herald review, the series ran for approximately twenty years at the rate of ten stories per year. In 1938, the CBS network launched a radio series based on the stories, starring Jess Pugh and Wendell Holmes. The news item in Los Angeles Times adds that after buying the rights to the stories, George J. Schaefer, the president of RKO, hired Jerrold Brandt and Charles E. Ford to produce the series. By the time the series was launched, however, only Jerrold Brandt was credited as producer. Brandt went on to produce all six films in the series, which starred Guy Kibbee as Scattergood, the sage of Coldriver. Michael L. Simmons wrote or co-wrote all but one of the pictures, and Christy Cabanne directed them all. Dink Trout, who appeared as railroad conductor "Pliny Pickett" on the radio show, reprised his role in several of the "Scattergood" films. Several other characters, including "Hipp," who was played by both Willie Best and Paul White, appeared in all of the films. The series ended in 1943 with Cinderella Swings It. For more information about the series, consult the Series Index.