Welcome to ScottEyman.com!

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If you’re new to Scott’s writing, then you’re in for a treat.

Scott’s latest book is “Hank & Jim,” about the 50-year friendship between Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart, published in October 2017, by Simon & Schuster. That was his 15th book. He’s currently at work on his 16th.

Please see separate pages for a schedule of appearances, a page for reviews of Scott’s books, another page for reviews of his previously published books (14 others), a page for his review of books written by others, his remembrance of close friend and TCM host Robert Osborne, a bio page, and a page about the John Wayne Birthplace Museum opening.

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    • I have just read “John Wayne” the life and legend.
      I merely wish to compliment Mr Eyman on a book that has allowed me get a greater knowledge of a true Icon of his Era. Extremely engaging , flowing narrative , sypathetically draws the reader into the World of John Wayne. Thankyou for providing
      a truly awesome reading experience. .I will have to look at other work of Mr Eyman.

  1. Hi Scott. I’m researching a book about Robert, the haunted doll in Key West. Your 1985 Sun Sentinel article mentions a photograph of the doll in his original pink and green Harlequin outfit. Any chance you still have the photo or any notes from the story?

    • In the John Wayne book on page 128, you mention a former black Marine who had played football at Texas A&M. Texas A&M did not have any black football players until the 1960’s. The first black player was Sam Williams, class of 1967. A former Marine also told me he didn’t believe there were any black Marines during WWII unless they were in the CB’s.

      I am still in the process of reading the book and enjoying it thoroughly.

  2. Hi Scott – Great article in the new Film Comment about “the thrill of the chase.” It made me recall first seeing a rare screening of “Animal Crackers” in 1967, and then getting to show a hush-hush 16mm print for our film society in 1972. Another note: I got to take a Film Appreciation class with William Everson in the summer of 64 at the School of Visual Arts in NYC; I was in high school, the youngest one in the class – do I wish I could have those hours back.

  3. I read with interest your review of “The Sound of Music Story”. A long time ago my mother had a good Vermont Consuelo Northrop Bailey, a prominent attorney (and former Lieutenant Governor) in Burlington. Mrs. Bailey was one of several attorneys used by the Baroness von Trapp. In a passing comment she stated that while the Baroness did well financially from the stage production she received very little for the film rights. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I believe knowing Mrs. Bailey that it is likely true. If true it is an interesting note in the story.

  4. I’m enjoying your work on Duke Wayne very much! Was wondering; I’ve never been able to find a picture of Robert Morrison as an adult? Would you have one? Did he resemble his older brother?

  5. Hello Scott-
    Just finished “John Wayne The Life and Legend”. Enjoyed it immensely. Thank you very much. You missed mentioning one character actor who was much loved by both John Ford and John Wayne, namely Hank Worden.
    In talking to Melinda Muñoz about 7 years ago the subject of “The Searchers” came up as I told her that my grandson was named after Ethan Edwards. Then we mentioned Hank Worden in the role of “Mose”. Perhaps you remember the scene where Ethan and Martin discover Mose in the Cantina to find that he has found the whereabouts of Debbie. With the possibility of a reward, the three stand at the bar with Mose in the middle. He says, “Don’t want no money, Marty”. Turning to Ethan, “Don’t want no money, Ethan. Just a rockin’ chair by the fire.” When he says this, Duke has a smile on his face a mile long.
    Sometime in May, 1979, Hank shows up at the house in Newport with a small rocking chair and sets it down by her father’s bed. Duke lies there with that same smile on his face.
    You might corroborate this story with Melinda, if she is still alive as she she was suffering badly from COPD. She used to have an unlisted number at her home on Balboa Island. I note in your acknowledgements that you never talked to her.
    Otherwise, Patrick may have been there at that time.
    Jim Moore
    Carmel CA

  6. Scott, I’m trying to reach you, and I seem to have lost your email address. There’s no way to contact you on your website except leaving a comment. I’m in New York City for a month, but my numbers are the same. Glad things are going so well for you. Larry

  7. Hi, Scott. I am writing an article about football scams for the New York Times, and some of my research took me to an article you wrote for the Sun-Sentinel in 1986. Could we talk about it for a few minutes? Many thanks.

    Bill Christine
    310 489-1701

  8. From the UK …. I am two thirds into ” The Life and Legend ” and already feel part of the Wayne Family .I have never read so much detail of Duke and other supremo’s of the movie world and have read many , at my ripe old age of 74 . . . still playing soccer Sunday Mornings !!! . As completely and utterly absorbed in your captivated work I am now contemplating a visit more than ever , to see/feel the John Wayne atmosphere and persona in and around Newport Beach . My God Scott without fear of contradiction , for all the John Wayne Fans – World wide , this has to be the finest tribute and the No.1
    book ever written of a much loved and favoured ICON !! Jim Gray

  9. I enjoyed the John Wayne book tremendously.
    (Yeah, I noted the issue with the black Marine boxer on Page 128, too. The Corps had no black Marines from 1798 until 1942, but it was segregated until President Truman’s executive order integrated the armed forces after World War II. And, of course, Texas A&M was segregated until the 1960s.)
    I got to meet Michael Wayne when I was the oil & gas reporter for The Denver Post in the early 1980s — he was in town visiting an oil company in which Batjac had invested.. He wasn’t shy about telling what an extraordinary man John Wayne was. I mentioned that his dad had been a hero of mine growing up, and the “Sands of Iwo Jima” was one of the reasons I enlisted in the Marines. A few days later, a package containing a bronze John Wayne American medallion and several movie stills arrived in the mail.
    Your book provided an in-depth view of a truly remarkable man, who despite some human failings, nonetheless looms large in the history of the motion picture industry. Thanks so much for writing it.
    –Peter Chronis,
    Denver, Colorado

  10. I just finished your work on actress Mary Pickford… and really enjoyed it:)
    This after reading your biographies on CB DeMille, LB Mayer, Robert Wagner and John Wayne…
    Reading your books are some informative and full of detail… Thanks:)

  11. To ScottyEyman I read article in WSJ Please contact me re: a rare 35 MM Print I have with the theatrical Exhbition Rights from Peerless Film Distributors…Also have the original book and promotion material.I have exhibited this film to large audiences in the past.I am 85 and wish to be will to sell that acetate print and two trailers(one original nitrate,one acetate).
    Ed Lillard

  12. Hello.You probably won’t remember me, but I was the second person you met at Columbus “Cinevent” in June this year. Belatedly, thanks again for signing both copies of the John Wayne softcover. I forgot at the time to ask you about Jeff Heise. I recently(finally) got a computer and contacting you about him. I believe that we are old friends from years ago when he taught film at Bowling Green State University here in Ohio. Could you possibly verify this information and either you or him get back to me? We lost touch over 20 years ago when we went to California. I would like to know if this is the person that I knew and would love to talk to again and catch up since those times. Thank you very much.(I don’t a current mailing or E-mail address on him.) Regards, Dennis.

  13. Hi Scott.

    Would you be available to be a guest on Topical Currents, Tomorrow, January 9th, 1 – 2 PM?
    TopicaL Currents is a live, call – in , talk program, heard oN WLRN with hosts Bonnie Berman
    and Joseph Cooper. Our discussion tomorrow will be on the 2017 films and The Golden Globe
    Awards being televised this evening.

    Please let me know if you are interested and would ne available.
    Polly Landess
    Topical Currents
    Associate Producer

  14. Dear Mr. Eyman:

    I recently purchased and re-read you excellent biography of John Ford, “Print the Legend.” I am a bit confused about whether or not he participated in the Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942.

    Both Joseph McBride in “Searching for John Ford” and Mark Harris in “Five Came Back” (who seems to have lifted his account from McBride) place Ford aboard the U.S.S. Hornet filming the famed footage of the B-25s taking off for Tokyo.

    Scott Allen Nollen in “Three Bad Men” also has Ford along on the raid. But he places Ford aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Salt Lake City, a part of the U.S.S. Enterprise task force commanded by Admiral Halsey that rendezvoused with the Hornet at sea, as does James M. Scott in his recent book about the raid, “Target Tokyo.”

    But McBride’s and Harris’ accounts are suspect, as they wrote that Ford filmed the B-25s taking off AND LANDING on the Hornet, when, of course, the bombers never landed on the Hornet, they were loaded aboard by crane before the ship left San Francisco. Also, they both have Ford initially sailing from Pearl Harbor aboard the Salt Like City; it seems highly unlikely that the task force would have taken the risk of transferring him from the cruiser to the Hornet in the middle of the Pacific.

    Additonally, McBride has Ford filming Halsey aboard the Hornet, when Halsey was in fact aboard his flagship, the Enterprise, during the raid. The admiral filmed aboard the Hornet is actually Mark Mitscher.

    Nollen’s account also is suspect, as he has Ford listening to the Oscar broadcast aboard the Salt Lake City on April 14; when, in fact, the Oscars were held that year on Feb. 26.

    In “Print the Legend,” you do not have Ford participating in the Doolittle Raid. You do allude to Ford claiming that he was aboard the Salt Lake City when he learned he had won the Oscar. But you write that he was almost certainly still in Honolulu at that time, which seems likely.

    So: Did Ford participate in the Doolittle Raid while sailing aboard the Salt Lake City? (There are some shots of the bombers taking off from the Hornet that were filmed by another ship in the task force.) Or was Ford’s account of being aboard the Salt Lake City one of his many boastful prevarications?

    Edmund Fountaine
    Oakdale NY

  15. Mr. Eyman: Just finished reading you biography of John Wayne. Thank you so much for all your hard work in creating this story. When I started the book, I though, this is a major read. Will I get through it? By the end I had teary eyes and did not want it to end. I especially thought your Epilogue was a wonderful way to end the book because of all the thoughtful analysis you put into it to help us better understand the man. Coincidentally, the day before I finished the book, the local Cinemark was playing The Quiet Man. The movie meant so much more to me after reading your book. It was great to see it on the big screen. I had seen it on television, but not the same. All of them were there – the Duke, Ward, Andrew, and Maureen, with Pappy on the other side of the camera. As i watched him smoke in the movie, I thought about your book and how smoking and, probably, drinking took him away too soon, but he had a helluva life despite the sadness in his personal life. Because of you I call feel so much closer to an American that I admire, who was essentially a good person and who was in real life what he was on the big screen.

  16. Dear Mr. Eyman,

    I’m a Documentary TV Producer in the UK (BBC etc). I’m working on an idea about Mrs Miniver. I wondered if you might be willing to be in the documentary. Pursuant to that, I would love to ask you a question about whether Winston Churchill sent Mayer a telegram about Mrs Miniver. I have read Lion of Hollywood, but I don’t think its mentioned there. Very best wishes
    Edmund Moriarty

  17. Just finished your bio of John Ford, after reading your bio of John Wayne. Thank you so much for both books. You put a lot of work into them, and it pays off for the reader.

  18. Hi Mr. Eyman: I just bought Print the Legend. You’ve done a splendid and wonderful account of film
    director John Ford. The depth of your research and compelling writing style make it a terrific read.
    I also read John Wayne: The life and Legend–that is the best single bio available on John Wayne.
    You covered all the bases, and I’m so glad you wrote it. I will post reviews on Amazon for both books.
    Keep writing–you’ve covered many key figures in cinema history better than anyone else.

  19. I do not claim to be well educated and consider myself a casual book reader of mostly non-fiction. Hank and Jim was my first book by Scott mainly because I was interested in the subject. I admire the works of these two great legends, especially the early stuff. My problem is that if I need a dictionary in one hand while I try to read a book I tend to lose interest. I’m sure it is great reading but just not for me.

  20. Hi Mr. Eyman,

    I have just finished reading your absolutely wonderful book, Hank & Jim, focusing on the friendship of two of my favourite actors.

    I could not put the book down, and were it not for sleep, work and eating, I would have read it straight through.

    When I logged the book into my GoodReads “books read” list, I realized you are the author of several biographies and related books that I have on my “must read” list.

    After enjoying “Hank and Jim”, so thoroughly, I am quite looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Thank you again for your efforts in bringing this engaging history to life.


  21. You’re a good writer, and one of the things I appreciate about you is that you show grace and respect for the subjects you write about, despite flaws and weaknesses of those people. Thanks for this. Just finished “Hank and Jim.” very touching, and especially loved the books about Lubitsch, De Mille, and Pickford

  22. Your Hollywood bios are a great gift to those of us who crave knowing more about the people, the places, and the studios. The exhaustive research you do makes every book a concise fountain of information to be remembered long after reading the work.
    In the Acknowledgements section of “Hank & Jim” you write of searching for new subjects to explore.
    May I suggest a bio of Bing Crosby. For such a giant of radio, music, and movies, far too little has been written about the person, his motivations, and his personal life. From reading your existing works, I am confident you could rectify this sad lack of printed words and bring Bing back to life for a whole new generation.

    Don H.

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