Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lizabeth Scott, 1922-2015

Lizabeth Scott and Van Heflin ina publicity still from The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Actress Lizabeth Scott, who played a femme fatale-type in a series of movies in the 1940s and 1950s, died last Saturday at the age of 92, although news of her death was only released yesterday evening. One of Scott's earliest notable roles was as the second woman in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, that being the woman that Van Heflin meets after he returns home and finds his old childhood friends (played as adults by Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas) married to each other.

One of Scott's movies that I haven't mentioned before is Dead Reckoning, which I only saw on the defunct Cinemoi channel during the channel's brief appearance on DirecTV. In that one, Humphrey Bogart stars as an army veteran returning home from WOrld War II with his hero buddy, who goes missing. Bogart investigates, and finds a bunch of crime and Lizabeth Scott possibly involved -- or at least hiding knowledge of the crime -- when he goes to his buddy's old home town. The plot is a bit convoluted, but everybody pulls it off enough to make the movie entertaining and worth a watch.

Since TCM is in 31 Days of Oscar right now, any programming tribute to Scott wouldn't be until March at the earliest.

No comments: