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Scattergood Baines
Directed byChristy Cabanne
John E. Burch (assistant)
Written byMichael L. Simmons
Produced byJerrold T. Brandt
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
Edited byHenry Berman
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • February 21, 1941 (1941-02-21)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

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. Five other Scattergood Baines films, all starring Guy Kibbee, were subsequently made.


Scattergood Baines chooses the small New England town of Cold River to settle down in. Twenty years later, he has outmaneuvered the townspeople both when it comes to large matters (ownership of the local railroad) and small (the pretty new schoolteacher's hair).



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.