Filmography (and some TV)

Raymond Scott’s music is commonly associated with cartoons, but his compositions and recordings have been used in films since 1937. Here’s a comprehensive (but perhaps incomplete) index of film title and year, Scott title, directors and prominent actors (if known). Since movies are also produced for TV and the web, we’ve included some recent shows which have used Scott music. If we’ve missed any, please notify us.

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Better Angels: The Gospel According to Tammy Faye (sched. 2024): “Portofino #2” and “In the Hall of the Mountain Queen”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures, 2023): “The Quintette Goes to a Dance”

A Trip to Infinity (Netflix, 2022): “Oil Gusher” and “Devil Drums”(dir. Jonathan Halperin and Drew Takahashi)

I Am Groot (Disney, 2022): “In the Hall of the Mountain Queen”

This Fool (Disney/Hulu, 2022): “Seven-Minute Fluffy” (ep. 1 “A Storm is Coming”)

Cursed Films (AMC, 2022): “Portofino” (S2E1 “The Wizard of Oz”)

The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix, 2022): “Portofino”

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2021): “Powerhouse” (S4E14) and “Portofino #4” (S6E7)

Ratched (Netflix, 2020): “The Wedding of the Radio Announcer” and “When Cootie Left the Duke”

How To with John Wilson (HBO, 2020): “Portofino” (ep. 6 “How To Cook the Perfect Risotto”)

Happy Happy Joy Joy – The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020): “Turkish Mish-Mush” (dir. Ron Cicero & Kimo Easterwood)

Amazing Stories (Apple TV, 2020): “The Wedding of the Radio Announcer”

Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020): “Copyright 1950”

Watchmen (HBO, 2019–2020): “When Cootie Left the Duke” and “Suicide Cliff”

Hollywood (Netflix, 2020): “Hemi-Semi-Demi Quaver” and “Good Listening (Intermission)”

Still Plays with Trains (2020): “Portofino” (dir. Ross Kauffman)

Shangri-La (Showtime, 2019): “Lullaby” (dir. Morgan Neville)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018): “Waltz of the Diddles” (dir. Morgan Neville)

Strange Angel (CBS, 2018): “Hypnotist in Hawaii”

The Space Between Us (2017): “Song of India” (dir. Peter Chelsom; starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino)

Narcos (Netflix, 2017): “Portofino”

Best of Enemies (2015): “Portofino” (dir. Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville)

RocknRolla (2008): “Powerhouse” (dir. Guy Ritchie)

Knots (2004): “War Dance for Wooden Indians” (dir. Greg Lombardo; starring Scott Cohen, John Stamos, Annabeth Gish)

Starsky and Hutch (2004): “Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals” (dir. Todd Phillips; starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg)

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003): “Powerhouse” (10 variations arr. by Jerry Goldsmith)

Lulu on the Bridge (1998): “Devil Drums” (dir. Paul Auster; starring Mira Sorvino, Vanessa Redgrave, Harvey Keitel)

Search and Destroy (1995): “Moment Whimsical” (dir. David Salle; starring Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, John Turturro)

Funny Bones (1995, UK): “The Penguin” (dir. Peter Chelsom; starring Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, Leslie Caron)

Freleng Frame-by-Frame (1994): “Powerhouse” (video doc about WB cartoon director Friz Freleng, dir. Greg Ford)

Radioland Murders (1994): various Raymond Scott Quintette riffs, phrases, and styles blatantly “adapted” throughout soundtrack without credit

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! (1989): “Powerhouse” (dir. Joe Johnston, starring Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer)

Clean and Sober (1988): “Singing Down the Road” (dir. Glenn Gordon Caron; starring Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker)

Jim Henson films (1966-67): electronic soundtrack music and themes for a number of short Henson productions (several of which can be viewed here)

The Pusher (1960): score by Raymond Scott (dir. Gene Milford; starring Kathy Carlyle, Robert Lansing)

Never Love a Stranger (1957): score by Raymond Scott (dir. Robert Stevens; starring John Drew Barrymore, Steve McQueen, Peg Murray)

The Trouble With Harry (1955): “Flagging the Train to Tuscaloosa” (dir. Alfred Hitchcock; starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine)

Orange Blossoms for Violet (1952): “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals” (WB short feature)

The West Point Story (1950): “The Toy Trumpet” (dir. Roy Del Ruth; starring James Cagney, Doris Day)

Storm Warning (1950): “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals” (dir. Stuart Heisler; starring Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, Doris Day)

Not Wanted (1949):  theme and orchestrations by Raymond Scott (dir. Elmer Clifton & Ida Lupino; starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle)

King of the Carnival (1947): “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals” (WB short feature)

Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946): “Girl With the Light Blue Hair” (dir. Spencer Williams; starring Francine Everett, Don Wilson, Katherine Moore)

Bells of Rosarita (1945): “Singing Down the Road” (dir. Frank McDonald; starring Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, George “Gabby” Hayes)

Millions Like Us (1943, UK): “The Toy Trumpet” (British WWII patriotic film about women in factories contributing to war effort)

Warner Bros. cartoons (1943–1962): 14 Scott titles used in 117 theatrically released Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, adapted by Carl Stalling (see WB index and hear samples)

Soundies (1941) “War Dance for Wooden Indians” and “Huckleberry Duck” (“Soundies” were the 1940s film equivalent of music videos)

Rhythm in the Ranks (1941): “The Toy Trumpet” (“Puppetoon” dir. by George Pal)

Moments of Charm (1939): “The Toy Trumpet” (film short)

Come on George! (1939): “Twilight In Turkey” (film short)

A Girl Must Live (1939): “Swing, Swing Mother-In-Law”

Strange Boarders (1938): “Swing, Swing Mother-in-Law”

Sally, Irene and Mary (1938): “Minuet in Jazz” (dir. William A. Seiter; starring Alice Faye, Tony Martin, Fred Allen)

The Dipsy Doodler (1938): “Powerhouse” (WB Vitaphone short, performed by the Philharmonicas sextet)

Just Around The Corner (1938): “Brass Buttons and Epaulets” (dir. Irving Cummings; starring Shirley Temple, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Joan Davis, Bert Lahr)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938): “The Toy Trumpet” (dir. Allan Dwan, starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson)

Happy Landing (1938): “War Dance for Wooden Indians” (dir. Roy Del Ruth; starring Ethel Merman, Sonja Henie, Don Ameche, Cesar Romero. Also includes Merman singing “You Appeal To Me” acc. by RS Quintette)

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937): “Twilight in Turkey” and “Arabania” (dir. David Butler; starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young)

Love and Hisses (1937): “Powerhouse” (dir. Sidney Lanfield, starring Walter Winchell, Bert Lahr, Ben Bernie, Joan Davis)

Nothing Sacred (1937): RSQ plays brief themes during night club floor show: “Fanfare #1” (R. Scott) and arrangements of “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Dark Eyes,” “Pomp & Circumstance,” “Ach Du Lieber Augustine,” “Red Wing,” “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean,” and “Yankee Doodle.” (Dir. William Wellman; starring Frederic March, Carole Lombard)

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