With the release last month of Seven Men From Now, and the release this month of Ride the High Country, Randolph Scott is riding high (not a bad feat for a guy who passed away almost 20 years ago).
Scott got his start in the early 30s in such films as To The Last Man and Rocky Mountain Mystery (The Fighting Westerner). His career almost mirrors that of John Wayne as he spent most of the 30's as a "B" movie cowboy, and then graduated into "B+" or "A-" movies by the end of that decade. He starred in Westerns, Dramas, Shirley Temple movies, and in the 40's added War movies to his resume.
But by 1950, unlike John Wayne, he concentrated SOLELY on Westerns, as he didn't make a single non-Western movie from 1950 to the end of his career in 1962.
Many of Scott's Westerns were clearly low budget affairs, but many of them were quite good, including Abilene Town, Hangman's Knot, Man in the Saddle, Rage At Dawn, etc. Scott even got into the movie production business, co-producing several movies with Harry Joe Brown. Some of those movies were less than spectacular (Ten Wanted Men suffered from a weak script and very poor editing), but others were quite good (the aforementioned Man in the Saddle; Hangman's Knot; The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, and Comanche Station - those last 3 directed by Budd Boetticher).
Many of Scott's films are available on DVD, but some of his best are not (The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, Comanche Station, etc), and some are available only on poor quality DVDs (Abilene Town), but hopefully that continues to change in 2006.
Scott, of course, made a couple movies with The Duke, most notably The Spoilers in 1942 - where the usually likeable Scott played the villain!
If you haven't picked up many (or any) of Scott's movies on DVD I highly recommend 7 Men From Now, Ride the High Country, The Spoilers (which many of you probably already have), Man in the Saddle, and The Desperadoes (with Glenn Ford). Another good one is Rage at Dawn, which I recommend only in the version from the Roan Group (the Roan version looks pretty decent, and is in anamorphic widescreen - the other versions all feature pan & scanned prints with faded color).
There are few actors as synonymous with Westerns as Randolph Scott (John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and only a few others come to mind), and 2005-2006 looks like a renaissance for Scott with several of his movies seeing release on DVD for the first time.