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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Empire Pub (Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944019161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944019160
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,033,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You know the movie career of this giant of a man. Now you may go behind the walls of his Beverly Hills home and learn about his private life. Since Randolph Scott never gave interviews, this has been the only opportunity to date to be informed about things never before revealed. In this book: see many never-before-seen personal photographs right out of the Scott family photo album; learn what Chris experienced growing up during those glamour years with his famous father in Hollywood; learn which hobbies and interests occupied Mr. Scott's leisure time; experience Randolph Scott's unique sense of humor and learn of his association with Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Dwight Eisenhower, Fred Astaire, Billy Graham, and others. Also included: the films of Randolph Scott -- a complete listing of all 100 movie appearances. This is not just another book about a movie actor who made it to the glamour and glitz of the Hollywood scene. It is a love story that reveals the respect and admiration of a son for his father. Upon reading this narrative, one will experience growing up in the home of Randolph Scott, through the eyes of his son, Chris. You know the movie career of this giant of a man. Now you may go behind the walls of his Beverly Hills home and learn about his private life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy reader on 13 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Nice to read a book which is not muckraking. A plain tale about a fairly ordinary man who happened to make great westerns, and in the process also managed to be a good husband and father. Long may he ride!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was disappointing. I was expecting a Randolph Scott biography. What I got was a loving tribute to a father by his son. As C.H. Scott wrote, "This is an account of my relationship with my father, the thoughts we shared and the experiences I had with him." If I deleted Randolph Scott's name from the book, I could just as easily have been reading about my own father. The reader will learn little about Randolph Scott, other than he was a good father whose son loved/loves him.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 1998
Format: Paperback
Written by Randolph Scott's son, this book gives us an inside look at a truly wonderful man, his passions, his films, his devotion to his family, friends and his craft. If you're looking for a "Who Slept With Who," you won't find it here.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
"top money maker in B-Westerns & wonderful family man ~ Randolph Scott" 6 Sept. 2005
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Empire Publishing presents "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?", telling the inside story of George Randolph Scott...born January 23. 1898 in Orange County, Virginia...left us March 2. 1987 in Los Angeles, California written by his son C.H. Scott in loving memory of his father.

Scott was a top box office draw for RKO, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Paramount and Warner Bros...there was a an expression when you featured Randolph Scott in a film it was money in the bank...full of answers to many questions his fans had from early on...when you went to see him on the big screen, you got exactly what the marquee said...plenty of thrills, action and hard riding...a straight-shooting hero they had always known and was ageless...seems Scott got better with the more films he made and the scripts were always top notch.

Table of Contents (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Introduction - 6

Chapter 1 - Keeping Up with the Giant - 8

Chapter 2 - On the Way Up - 41

Chapter 3 - Practice and Passion - 78

Chapter 4 - Humor -107

Chapter 5 - Family - 131

Chapter 6 - Friends - 158

Chapter 7 - On the Practical Side - 184

Chapter 8 - Problems - 211

Chapter 9 - Heroes - 225

Filmography - 230

As stated by Chris in the book "My fathers last four pictures were a fitting culmination to a career of excellence and dedication to the craft of acting and the audiences who were so faithful for several decades...RIDE LONESOME, WESTBOUND, COMANCHE STATIONS and his last film RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY"...Randy took his job and his responsibility to his audience very seriously...would not settle for anything less than his best...same was true in his personal life.

Chris Scott reports Daniel Webster defines "Legend", as being a notable person, or the stories told about that person exploits...well by the time Randolph Scott made his best films he had long established himself as a legend in the film industry...they say practice makes perfect, if that is true by 1958 at 60 years of age he was the master with THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS, RIDING SHOTGUN, THE BOUNTY HUNTER, RAGE AT DAWN, TEN WANTED MEN, TALL MAN RIDING, A LAWLESS STREET and SEVEN MEN FROM NOW...in the mid '50s his was in igh gear with SUGARFOOT, SANTA FE, FORTH WORTH, MAN IN THE SADDLE, THE MAN BEHIND THE GUN, CARSON CITY and THE STRANGER WORE A GUN...his age seemed to matter little, they only came to see another Randolph Scott film and always got their money's worth...Scott's films were good and getting better becoming classics with SEVENTH CAVALRY, THE TALL T, SHOOTOUT AT MEDICINE BEND, DECISION AT SUNDOWN and BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE

"Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" was not disappointing to me at all...in fact his marriage to Pat Scott for over 45 years to the one women in his life is refreshing, especially in the Hollywood scene, which Randy was not a part of...his very close friends included Fred Astaire, Freeman Gosden (creator of Amos & Andy), Dwight David Eisenhower, Reverend Billy Graham, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Howard Hughes, Dinah Shore, Donna Reed (Chris Scott's Godmother), Tony Owen (Donna's husband)...agree with the one reviewer who states ~ As far as the book about his sex life,,,People forget that when Cary Grant and Randolph Scott were living together, it was not socially acceptable to be living with women when you were not married to them...one forgets that Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart also shared living quarters together early in their careers as bachelors, their sexual preference was never questioned

Randy Scott had a quiet gentleman nature about him which is not seen in the films of today...thank you Chris, for sharing your love for your father and the respect we all had for him...Don't miss this one...now appearing on Amazon and Empire Publishing ...Randolph Scott is alive and well in our hearts when the films he has made appear on Turner Classic Movies, DVD and books like this one come along...get your copy today. Great reading in the days and weeks to come...I guarantee it!

Total Page: 239 ~ Empire Publishing 9-780944-019160 ~ (10/01/1994)
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
He still is my Hero 2 Feb. 2004
By Barbara Zastrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have adored Randolph Scott ever since I was a little girl. This book was not disappointing to me at all. As far as the book about his sex life, gee it is funny that this author chose to write this after BOTH actors were dead. People forget that when Cary Grant and Randolph Scott were living together, it was not socially acceptable to be living with women when you were not married to them . I hardly think that if they had a problem, Randolph Scott would not have been married for 45 years to one woman and look at how many times Cary Grant was married. I was not a "Grant" fan but I sure respected Mr. Scott and how he kept his private life to himself. To me, Randolph Scott was the best looking man I have ever seen and he only got better with age. Then there was that quiet, gentleman nature about him that not another Actor in these days has. Do I love and respect him, Yes, I do. Thanks to his son also for sharing his love and respect for his father.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not a Scott bio, but a tribute of son to father 11 Nov. 2002
By Jim Beaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Originally published as "In the Footsteps of the Giant," (and listed on amazon.com under that title as well), this is a loving tribute of a son for his father. It is not at all a revelatory book, nor in any sense a biography of interest to film scholars. It earnestly refutes rumors regarding Scott's sexual orientation, but unfortunately does so only by calling the rumors ugly and baseless. I personally find the rumors less than convincing, but this book by Scott fils is not part of why I don't believe them. There is less insight into Randolph Scott than one would have liked here, and perhaps a little more about the son than the average film student needs. But it's a valuable book nonetheless, simply because it's one of the few pebbles in the gaping hole where a book-length study of Scott's life and career should be.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great reading, wonderful story of a great man. 7 Aug. 1998
By vicdru - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Written by Randolph Scott's son, this book gives us an inside look at a truly wonderful man, his passions, his films, his devotion to his family, friends and his craft. If you're looking for a "Who Slept With Who," you won't find it here.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Integrity and Honesty, That Was Randoph Scott 5 April 2012
By Charles Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This loving remembrance of a son for his father is a good read; it allows a person into the home and life of an American Icon in the movie industry. Although Randolph Scott never won an academy award, he indeed gave every acting role the BEST he had, and the average movie go-er who loved westerns knows what to expect when Scott appears on the screen. With the commentary of his son relating incident after incident of his growing up, and the personal pictures collected in this book, one gets an idea of what the man was like, as a father, and as a person in general. If anyone is in anyway interested in actors or the Hollywood of the early to middle and late part of the 20th century I recommend this book. There is a filmography as well.
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