Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy

Front Cover
McFarland & Company, Jan 1, 2005 - Performing Arts - 205 pages
0 Reviews
In the world of Western films, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy have frequently been overlooked in favor of names like Roy Rogers and John Wayne. Yet these three actors played a crucial role in the changing environment of the post-World War II Western, and, in the process, made many excellent middle-budget films that are still a pleasure to watch. This account of these three Western stars' careers begins in 1946, when Scott and McCrea committed themselves to the Western roles they would play for nearly twenty years. Murphy, who also joined them in 1946, would continue his Western career for a few years after his cohorts rode into the film sunset. Arranged chronologically, and balanced among the three actors, the text concludes with Audie Murphy's last Western in 1967. Covering both the personal and professional lives of these three Hollywood cowboys, the book provides both their stories and the story of a Hollywood whose attitude toward the Western was in a time of transition and transformation. The text is complemented by 60 photographs and a filmography for each of the three.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

Robert Nott is an arts and entertainment writer for The Santa Fe New Mexican. He is also the author of The Films of Randolph Scott (2004) and He Ran All the Way: The Life of John Garfield (2003). He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bibliographic information