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Adrian Scott

Robert Adrian Scott (February 6, 1912 – December 25, 1973) was an American screenwriter and film producer. He was one of the Hollywood Ten and later blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses.


Born in Arlington, New Jersey, Adrian Scott was the producer of the film noirs Murder, My Sweet (1944), Cornered (1945), and Crossfire (1947), all of which were directed by Edward Dmytryk. Crossfire was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In October 1947, Scott was called to testify during the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings on Hollywood but - as did nine others - refused to testify and was sentenced to jail. Edward Dmytryk, another of these Hollywood Ten, later, in 1951 testified before the HUAC that Scott pressured him to put communist propaganda in his films.

Scott was subsequently blacklisted and, while he was unable to work in Hollywood, wrote pseudonymously for the British television series The Adventures of Robin Hood.[1]

He was married to the actress, Anne Shirley, who subsequently married another screenwiter, Charles Lederer. He later married Joan Scott (n e LaCour), fellow screenwriter and producer. Joan sometimes served as Adrian's front when he was unable to publish under his own name, and later the surname LaCour was used by both when writing in Hollywood.

Adrian is the brother of screenwriter Allan Scott, who is the father of actress Pippa Scott, and also the uncle of Douglas Scott *(b. 1942), and Laurie Scott (b. 1945); and great Uncle of Adam Scott and Aemilia Scott.

Adrian Scott died in 1973 in Sherman Oaks, California.


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