He has also been the voice on innumerable documentaries (including the series "The Body Human"
(1977), as well as some National Geographic programs) and TV commercial
s. He also did some notable poetry and short-story recordings.
Promotional film produced by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) demonstrating the Xerox Alto under-the-desk computer and networking (1975)
(1936- 1972). Active on Broadway
in the following productions:
(1936). Stage Play: Hamlet. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare
. Incidental music by Virgil Thomson. Musical Direction by Hugh Davis. Directed by Leslie Howard
. Directed in collaboration with John Houseman
. Imperial Theatre: 10 Nov 1936- Dec 1936 (closing date unknown/39 performances). Cast: Leslie Howard (as "Hamlet, son to the late, and nephew to the present King"), Gay Adams, Wesley Addy
(as "Marcellus, Officer"), Joan Adrian, John Barclay, Daphne Bayne, Bourn Blood, Richard Cameron, Albert Carroll, Richard Clayton, Clifford Evans, Paul Foster, Eugene Francis, Paul Genge, Denis Green, James Hayes, Janet Hill, Joseph Holland, George Ingham, Paul Jones, Stanley Lathbury, Henry Leonard, Eric Mansfield, Aubrey Mather, Mary Meyer, Hugh Norton, Richard Ogden, Winston O'Keefe
(as "Guildenstern, Courtier"), John Parrish, Tileston Perry, Madelyn Phillips, Edward Potter, Keith Randall, Herbert Ranson, Alexander Scourby
(as "Player King") [Broadway debut
], Mary Servoss
(as "Gertrude, Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet"), Mary Shower, Toni Sorel, Hope Spingarn, Pamela Stanley, Philip Sudana, Daphne Sylva, Vernon Tanner, George Volk, Wilfrid Walter, O.Z. Whitehead
(as "Second Gravedigger"), Arthur Zwerling. Produced by Leslie Howard.
(1938). Stage Play: Hamlet. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare
. Incidental music by Lehman Engel. Scenic Design and Costume Design by David Ffolkes. Directed by Margaret Webster
. St. James Theatre: 12 Oct 1938- Jan 1939 (closing date unknown/96 performances). Cast: Maurice Evans
(as "Hamlet, son to the late, and nephew to the present King"), Wesley Addy
(as "Bernardo," "Officer Fortinbras," and "Prince of Norway"), Donald Arbury, Charles Bowden, Donald Cameron, Frederic Carney, Mady Christians
(as "Gertrude, Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet"), Augustin Duncan (as "Ghost"), Henry Edwards, Reynolds Evans
(as "Voltemand," and "Priest"), Constance Friend, George Graham, Richard Janaver, Henry Jones
(as "Reynaldo, Second Gravedigger"), Whitford Kane
(as "Gravedigger"), George Keane, Katherine Locke, Carmen Mathews
(as "Ensemble") [Broadway debut
], Paul Nevens, Alfred Paschall, William Prince, Donald Randolph, Everett Ripley, Emmett Rogers, Alexander Scourby
(as "Rosencrantz," and "Courtier"), Sydney Smith, Irene Tedrow, Maury Tuckerman, Ruth Wilk, Rhys Williams
(as "Player King"). Produced by Maurice Evans. Produced in association with Joseph Verner Reed and Boris Said.
(1939). Stage Play: King Henry IV, Part I. History.
(1940). Stage Play: King Richard II. Historical drama.
He played Green, one of the favorites of King Richard, in the 1940 Broadway
production of Shakespeare's "Richard II", starring Maurice Evans
(1946). Stage Play: A Flag is Born.
(1947). Stage Play: Crime and Punishment. Drama (revival).
(1948). Stage Play: The Insect Comedy. Comedy.
(1949). Stage Play: Detective Story. Drama/melodrama. Written by Sidney Kingsley
. Scenic Design by Boris Aronson
. Directed by Sidney Kinglsey. Hudson Theatre (moved to The Broadhurst Theatre from 3 Jul 1950- close): 23 Mar 1949- 12 Aug 1950 (581 performances). Cast: Ralph Bellamy
(as "Detective McLeod"), Meg Mundy
(as "Mary McLeod"), Jean Adair
(as "Mrs. Farragut"), John Alberts (as "Gentleman"), Joseph Ancona (as "Mr. Bagatelle"), Archie Benson (as "Crumb-Bum"), Edward Binns
(as "Detective Gallagher"), John Boyd (as "Detective O'Brien"), Michelette Burani
(as "Mrs. Bagatelle"), Joan Copeland
(as "Susan Carmichael"), Jim Flynn (as "Mr. Feeney"), Lou Gilbert
(as "Joe Feinson"), Sarah Grable (as "Mrs. Feeney"), Lee Grant
(as "Shoplifter"), Carl Griscom (as "Willy"), Byron C. Halstead (as "Patrolman Keough"), Michael Lewin (as "Photographer"), James Maloney (as "Mr. Pritchett"), Horace McMahon
(as "Lt. Monoghan"), Patrick McVey
(as "Detective Callahan"), Jacqueline Paige
(as "Indignant citizen"), Joe Roberts (as "Patrolman Baker"), Alexander Scourby
(as "Tami Giacoppetti"), Maureen Stapleton
(as "Miss Hatch"), Warren Stevens
(as "Arthur Kindred"), Ruth Storm (as "Lady"), Robert Strauss
(as "Detective Dakis"), Michael Strong
(as "2nd burglar, Lewis"), Earl Sydnor
(as "Patrolman Barnes"), Les Tremayne
(as "Mr. Sims"), James Westerfield
(as "Detective Brody"), Garney Wilson (as "Mr. Gallantz"), Joseph Wiseman
(as "1st burglar, Charlie"), Harry Worth
(as "Dr. Schneider"). Replacement actors during Hudson Theatre run: Anne Burr
(as "Mary McLeod"), Lydia Clarke
. Replacement actors during Broadhurst Theatre run: None known. Produced by Howard Lindsay
and Russel Crouse
. Associate Producer: May Kirshner. Note: Filmed as Detective Story
(1951), "Au théâtre ce soir: Histoire d'un détective" (1972).
Crime and Punishment (1947). Drama (revival). As "Dmitri Prokovitch Razmoumikhin."
(1951). Stage Play: Saint Joan. Drama (revival). Written by George Bernard Shaw
(1955). Stage Play: Tonight in Samakand. Written by Jacques Deval and Lorenzo Semple Jr.
. Directed by Alan Schneider. Morosco Theatre: 16 Feb 1955- 12 Mar 1955 (29 performances). As "Paul Tabourier." Cast included: Theodore Bikel
, Halliwell Hobbes
, Louis Jordan
, Marion Reardon, Pernell Roberts
, Rita Vale.
(1956). Stage Play: A Month in the Country. Comedy.
(1956). Stage Play: Saint Joan. Drama (revival). Written by George Bernard Shaw
. Directed by Albert Marre. Coronet Theatre: 11 Dec 1956- 5 Jan 1957 (77 performances). As "Peter Cauchon." Cast: Tom Clancy, Janet Dowd, Peter Falk
, Chris Gampel, John Glennon, Robert Ludlum
, Siobhan McKenna, Earl Montgomery, Dick Moore, James Neylin, Dennis Patrick, Richard Purdy, Lee Richardson, Byron Russell
, Kent Smith
, Paul Sparer, David J. Stewart, Frederic Tozere, Michael Wager, Ralph Williams.
(1961). Stage Play: Hamlet. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare
(1963). Stage Play: Tovarich. Musical comedy. Based on a book by David Shaw. Music by Lee Pockriss
. Lyrics by Anne Croswell. Based on the comedy by Jacques Deval
and Robert E. Sherwood
. Musical Director: Stanley Lebowsky
. Vocal arrangements by Stanley Lebowsky
. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang
. "You'll Make an Elegant Butler (I'll Make an Elegant Maid)" by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. Dance music composed by Lee Pockriss. Additional dance music by Dorothea Freitag. Translation of "Tovarich" from the original French of Jacques Deval by Bettina Liebowitz Knapp and Alba della Fazia. Assistant Musical Dir.: Milton Setzer. Directed by Peter Glenville
Theatre (moved to The Majestic Theatre from 10 Jun 1963- 28 Sep 1963, then moved to The Winter Garden Theatre from 7 Oct 1963- close): 18 Mar 1963- 9 Nov 1963 (264 performances). Cast: Jean-Pierre Aumont
, Vivien Leigh
(as "Tatiana"), George S. Irving
(as "Charles Davis"), Louise Kirkland (as "Grace Davis"), Alexander Scourby
(as "Gorotchenko"), Louise Troy (as "Natalia Mayovskaya"), Tom Abbott, Lorenzo Blanco, Antony De Vecci, Alice Evans (as "Singer"), Marion Fels, Carol Flemming, Michele Franchi (as "Baroness Rasumov/Dancer"), Katia Geleznova, William Glassman, Margery Gray (as "Helen Davis"), Harald Horn, Del Horstmann (as "Singer"), Bettye Jenkins, Barney Johnston (as "Singer"), Pat Kelly, Michael Kermoyan, Jeff Killion, Dale Malone, Don McHenry, Charlene Mehl, Rita Metzger, Paul Michael (as "Vassily"), Byron Mitchell (as "George Davis"), Barbara Monte, Will Parkins, William Reilly, Barbara Richman, Larry Roquemore, Elliott Savage, Maggie Task, Eleanore Treiber, Joan Trona, Gene Varrone
(as "Count Ivan Shamforoff"). Standby: Joan Copeland (as "Tatiana"). Understudies: Carol Flemming (as "Helen Davis"), Del Horstmann (as "Charles Davis/Gorotchenko/M. Chauffourier-Dubieff"), Barney Johnston (as "Count Ivan Shamforoff"), Pat Kelly (as "Grace Davis/Louise"), Michael Kermoyan (as "Mikail"), Jeff Killion (as "Admiral Boris Soukhomine/M. Chauffourier-Dubieff"), Larry Roquemore (as "George Davis") and Elliott Savage (as "Vassily"). Produced by Abel Farbman and Sylvia Harris.
(1972). Stage Play: Vivat! Vivat Regina! Written by Robert Bolt
. Directed by Peter Davis. Broadhurst Theatre: 20 Jan 1972- 29 Apr 1972 (116 performances + 3 previews). As "John Knox." Cast included: Claire Bloom
, Norman Allen, Noel Craig.
(1943). On the Columbia Masterworks recording of the 1943 Broadway
production of "Othello", Scourby not only played Cassio, but Brabantio as well, although both Cassio and Brabantio were played by other actors in the actual stage production.
(195?). Narrator for "Walk Beside Me", in the religious series "Southern Baptist Hour". This was a documentary-drama re-creating the Apostle Paul's preaching of the Gospel in the Middle East, the journey to Jerusalem and his conversion to Christianity, his meditations in the desert and his missionary journeys to Antioch and Corinth. Filmed in Greece, Italy and Turkey by Joseph Vadala and narrated by Scourby; the role of Paul was played by Donald Davis. The program was rerun December 27, 1964. This 60 minute color special received wide acclaim.
(19??). He was the reader and commentator on the Golden Records LP "A Golden Treasury of Poetry", written and prepared by noted poet and critic Louis Untermeyer
. This album featured Scourby reading Untermeyer's commentary and reciting such poems as "Paul Revere's Ride", "Gunga Din", "The Highwayman", "Annabel Lee", "I Never Saw a Moor", and many more. It has not yet been released on CD.
(1955) NBC Radio drama X-1 episode: Knock - Actor
(1960) He orated E.B. White
's most popular childrens novel, "Charlotte's Web", on a 33-RPM record set, for blind and or handicapped children.
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