Zachary Scott

  1. Bruce Bennett, Cheyenne, 1946.    Fifty years before noir novelist Michael Connelly created his serial killer of the same sobriquet, the ex-Tarzan Bennett slam-dunked Scott to  the stagecoach robber known as The Poet in a surprisingly tame Raoul Walsh Western.
  2. Bruce Bennett, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1947. Related to both George Washington and Bat Masterson, Scott was strong possibility for Cody with Ronald Reagan as Curtin  – according to a letter from director John Huston to the mysterious author, B Traven, after Christmas 1946. Traven adored Huston’s script, apart from renaming Lacau as Cody.  He didn’t know either actor “but as they have your approval, so it seems, they will be good.” Not good enough for Huston. He dropped both. He considered John Garfield, before setlling Cody upon Bennett.
  3. Gary Merrill, All About Eve, 1950.
  4. Albert Finney, Under The Volcano, 1984.    The great Spanish director Luis Bunuel was greatly interested at one time: for Laurence Olivier and Jeanne Moreau. However, it was Zachary, the star of Bunuel’s 1961 Mexican film, La Joven/The Young One, who had all the rights to Malcolm Lowry’’s autobiographical novel and, naturally, saw himself in the alcoholic lead…   even if that was an ex-British Consul. 

 Birth year: 1914Death year: 1965Other name: Casting Calls:  4