His best-remembered films, however, are those known as the "Scott-Brown Westerns," movies made in collaboration with producer Harry Joe Brown. In these films, like "Rage At Dawn" (1955), "Buchanan Rides Alone" (1958) and "Comanche Station" (1960), the central character was a hero (Scott), standing alone in a battle of good versus evil. And, of course, evil always lost.
In 1936 he married Marion DuPont Somerville, an heiress of the DuPont fortune. An equestrienne, she spent most of her time in the East and was rarely seen with Scott. After they divorced, he married former actress Patricia Stillman in 1944. They adopted two children, Christopher and Sandra.
He kept his personal life well out of the limelight. "I don't like publicity," he said in a 1961 interview, adding that he followed the advice once given by Broadway impresario David Belasco: "Never let yourself be seen in public unless they pay for it."
At Scott's request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to the research program of UCLA Medical Center or the Eliot Corday Research Fund at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Corday was Scott's physician.
In retrospect, perhaps Scott's persona as the sovereign of the saddle was best captured in Mel Brooks' spoof of Westerns, "Blazing Saddles." When the sheriff in that film pleads with the good folk of the town for a few hours in which to rescue them all from a horde of thieves and killers, they resist his pleas and want to flee.
"You'd give it (the time) to Randolph Scott," the sheriff laments.
\o7 "Randolph Scott\f7 !\o7 "\f7 the crowd responds, in the tones of awed reverence normally reserved for icons.