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)