Allan Scott


Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Alan Scott
Born
May 23, 1906
Died
April 13, 1995

Biography

Allan Scott brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. In 1932, he had his first play produced. In 1934, he made his feature screenwriting debut with "By Your Leave." Scott started his entertainment career writing for films, including "Roberta" (1935) with Irene Dunne, "In Person" (1935) and the Fred Astaire musical comedy "Top Hat" (1935). H...

Family & Companions

Laura Straub
Wife
Actor.

Biography

Allan Scott brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. In 1932, he had his first play produced. In 1934, he made his feature screenwriting debut with "By Your Leave." Scott started his entertainment career writing for films, including "Roberta" (1935) with Irene Dunne, "In Person" (1935) and the Fred Astaire musical comedy "Top Hat" (1935). He also appeared in "Follow the Fleet" (1936) and the musical "Swing Time" (1936) with Fred Astaire. Scott was nominated for a Writing (Original Screenplay) Academy Award for "So Proudly We Hail" in 1943. In the latter half of his career, Scott wrote the Bing Crosby musical "Here Come the Waves" (1944), the musical "Let's Dance" (1950) with Betty Hutton and "The Four Poster" (1953) with Rex Harrison. He also appeared in "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T" (1953). Scott more recently wrote the Ginger Rogers comedy "The Confession" (1964). Scott was married to Laura Straub and had two children. Scott passed away in April 1995 at the age of 89.

Life Events

1932

Had his first play produced

1934

Made his feature screenwriting debut with "By Your Leave"

1935

First collaboration with producer Pandro Berman with the Astaire-Rogers musical, "Top Hat"

1959

Last screenplay, "Imitation of Life"

1961

Wrote for the TV series "Ben Casey"

Photo Collections

Shall We Dance - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Shall We Dance (1937), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and directed by Mark Sandrich.

Videos

Movie Clip

Swing Time (1936) - A Fine Romance Dance partners Penny (Ginger Rogers) and Lucky (Fred Astaire) are constrained from confessing their love for each other, Pop (Victor Moore) enlisted as his backstop, lyrics by Dorothy Fields written to Jerome Kern's tune to support the plot point, Ginger's vocal first, George Stevens directing, in Swing Time, 1936.
Skylark (1941) - Show Me The Moon Sulking hostess Lydia (Claudette Colbert) who, following an insult, has just sent a plate of adulterated food to Myrtle (Binnie Barnes), the snooty wife of her ad-man husband's top client, is approached by suave Jim (Brian Aherne), himself that client's lawyer, in Skylark, 1941.
Skylark (1941) - If You Have To Close A Deal From the opening scene we know that Lydia (Claudette Colbert) has put way more effort than ad-executive husband Tony (Ray Milland) into her gift for their 5th anniversary, as she consults with butler Theodore (Ernest Cossart), in producer-director Mark Sandrich's Skylark, 1941.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - A Maid To Live In After wide shots establishing the real Coney Island, director Douglas Sirk switches to location shooting in Long Beach, CA, introducing principals Lana Turner, John Gavin and Juanita Moore, opening producer Ross Hunter's hit re-make, Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - Ten Seconds Before You Die Out of work model and/or actress and single mom Lora (Lana Turner) has schemed her way into an after-hours meeting at the office of theatrical agent Loomis (Robert Alda) who, it turns out, lacks certain scruples, early in Douglas Sirk's Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - A Falling Star! Susie (Sandra Dee) and Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) are now teens, Lora (Lana Turner) now a Broadway star and Annie (Juanita Moore) still her backup, when old flame Steve (John Gavin) shows up at a premiere party ten years later, in producer Ross Hunter's Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - Foolish Together Single mom and aspiring actress Lora (Lana Turner), embarrassed by Christmas attention from Steve (John Gavin), as housekeeper/roommate Annie (Juanita Moore) takes a call from agent Loomis (Robert Alda), representing Edwards (Dan O'Herlihy), in Douglas Sirk's hit Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Carefree (1938) - We All Try To Escape Reality Utterly in the groove from the opening joke, Mark Sandrich directs Ralph Bellamy as Steve, Jack Carson as orderly Connors and Fred Astaire as shrink Tony Flagg, the gal they discuss of course Ginger Rogers, in the second-to-last RKO Fred & Ginger feature, Carefree, 1938.
Carefree (1938) - Shot Down Like Dogs Ginger Rogers is hypnotized Amanda, whose psychiatrist Tony (Fred Astaire) regrets having told her that all men excepting her fiancé Steve (Ralph Bellamy), need to be shot down like dogs, when she appears at the shooting range, Jack Carson her minder, in the screwball-y Carefree, 1938.
Swing Time (1936) - Pick Yourself Up After the Dorothy Fields lyric, the first Astaire and Rogers dance, to a Jerome Kern tune, Fred as Lucky, who has been sandbagging his dance skills, shows her boss (Eric Blore) that Ginger (as Penny) is a great teacher, sidekicks (Victor Moore, Helen Broderick) also inspired, in Swing Time, 1936.
Swing Time (1936) - Have You Change For A Quarter? A case could be made for this as the best meet-cute in any Astaire/Rogers picture, Fred (as “Lucky”) and Pop (Victor Moore) are down to their last lucky quarter, when they encounter Penny (Ginger) and a policeman (Edgar Dearing), in Swing Time, 1936, script by Howard Lindsay and Allan Scott.
Top Hat (1935) - Isn't It A Lovely Day Jerry (Fred Astaire) explaining to Dale (Ginger Rogers) about the weather, into Irving Berlin's song and another famous dance number, from Top Hat, 1935.

Family

Adrian Scott
Brother
Producer. One of the "Hollywood Ten" who were arrested and jailed for refusing to testify before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities.
Pippa Scott
Daughter
Actor. Born in 1935; survived him.

Companions

Laura Straub
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography