Release dateFebruary 21, 1941 (1941-02-21) WriterClarence Budington Kelland (story), Edward T. Lowe Jr., Michael L. Simmons CastGuy Kibbee, John Archer, Emma Dunn, Willie Best Related Christy Cabanne moviesScattergood Survives a Murder (1942), Scattergood Pulls the Strings (1941), Scattergood Meets Broadway (1941), Beyond the Rainbow (1922), Flirting with Fate (1916)
Scattergood Baines is a 1941 American comedy-drama film. It is based on a novel by Clarence Budington Kelland. The character of Scattergood was also popular during the days of live radio.
In the film, Guy Kibbee plays the title character. The plot has him choosing the small New England town of Cold River to settle down in and, twenty years later, his outmaneuvering of the townspeople both when it comes to large matters (ownership of the local railroad) and small (the pretty new schoolteacher's hair).
Five other Scattergood Baines films, all starring Guy Kibbee, were subsequently made.
Guy Kibbee as Scattergood Baines
Carol Hughes as Helen Parker
John Archer as Johnny Bones
Dink Trout as Pliny Pickett
Emma Dunn as Mirandy Baines
Willie Best as Hipp
Fern Emmett as Clara Potts
Lee 'Lasses' White as Ed Potts
Kate Harrington as Gertrude Brown
Joseph Crehan as Keith
Edward Earle as Crane
Bradley Page as McKettrick
Paul White as Young Hipp
Earle Hodgins as Jim Barton
The homespun but canny Baines was originally created by popular writer Clarence Budington Kelland in stories for The Saturday Evening Post, and a radio version ran from 1938 through 1950. This film did well enough at the box office to allow five sequels, all starring Kibbee: