Glendon Fred Swarthout
1918 - September 23, 1992

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Glendon Fred Swarthout Born in 1918 in Michigan, he taught at Michigan State University until 1959 and received his Ph.D.there in 1955.  His first book, Willow Run was published in 1943.  His awards include an O Henry Prize in 1960, a National Society of Arts and Letters gold medal in 1972 and the Owen Wister Award in 1991 from the Western Writers of America.  His major genre's: Western Fiction, Children's and/or Juvenile, General Fiction - Glendon has published 19 books and 3 short stories, at least three of which have been made into movies: Bless the Beasts and Children, Where the Boys Are (Made twice!), and The Shootist (John Wayne's last movie, with Ron Howard). 

"Whenever I have an idea for a book, I take two aspirin, drink lots of liquids, go to bed, and call my wife in the morning," he was quoted as saying. 

He died of emphysema in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 23, 1992, survived by his son, Miles and his wife Katheryn.

Easterns and Westerns

The latest book, Miles, Glendon's son, has edited a number of stories in this new collection.

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Easterns and Westerns

Books, Screenplays and Stories by Glendon Fred Swarthout
In no specific order!

Willow Run, Crowell, 1943
Bless the Beasts and Children, 1970
Luck and Pluck, Doubleday, 1973.
The Button Boat
Cadbury's Coffin with Kathryn Swarthout - Doubleday - Nominated for the 1983 Edgar Award - Best Juvenile Mystery
Whales to See the - Donald Fine, 1983. 239 pages.
The Cadillac Cowboys
The Shootist
Whichaway with Kathryn Swarthout
A Christmas Gift
The Eagle and the Iron Cross
Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming
Ghost and the Magic Saber
The Homesman,  Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988 - This novel is a head-long narrative of the
frontier in the 1850s, and of two ornery, strong willed individuals - one a woman homesteading on her
onw, the other a drifter and claimjumper - yoked together in the most unlikely of undertakings.
The Melodeon - A nice Christmas story set in the woods in Michigan.  They did a TV movie from it, but it wasn't as good as the story.
The Old Colts - Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp tell the whole truth and nothing but about their last glorious assault.
Where The Boys Are - Book and Screen Play - Four teenager girls travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on their spring vacation in hope of finding excitement and romance. With the hordes of available young men around, the girls eventually discover what they really want from a relationship.
They Came to Cordura
The Tin Lizzie Troop
TV Thompson
Mulligans! - A movie short.  Writer/Director: Miles Swarthout . Based on a story by Glendon Swarthout  Producers: Lisa Greene & Peter Barnett Cinematography: David West Principle Cast: Tippi Hedren, Marcia Rodd (22 min / color) WINNER Best Comedy Short, Houston Worldfest  *The Director is originally from Michigan.  Tippi Hedren (Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Birds"), takes the lead in this comedy about two widows fulfilling the last wish of one of their husbands.

Bless the Beasts and the Children
1994 Genesis Award Winner, For Outstanding Film Classic

Columbia Pictures

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The producer/director Stanley Kramer changed motion pictures forever with this adapted of Glendon Swarthout’s off beat novel.  Some of his credits include: "High Noon," "Death of a Salesman," "Caine Mutiny," "Home of the Brave," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Ship of Fools," "The Defiant Ones," "On the Beach," and "Judgment at Nuremberg."

"Bless the Beasts" was certainly not the best known film of Kramer. It was not a commercial success. The musical score from the film was written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. and is better known than the film itself. But for individuals concerned with the protection of animals, it was a movie classic ahead of its time. In the hands of  Stanley Kramer, the novel was turned into an anti-hunting statement, protesting the needless slaughter of buffalo.

The movie concerns six troubled adolescent boys, social misfits who find themselves caught up in the redneck culture of a summer camp which advertised, "Send us a boy, we'll send you a cowboy." Shocked after witnessing the gunning down of captive buffalo by the camp leaders, the boys vow to liberate the rest of the herd and thus save the majestic beasts from certain death. In the process, they discover new values and put their own lives on the line.

The Shootist
Starring John Wayne and James Stewart

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1976 - Co-Stars; Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Hugh O'Brian, Richard Boone, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North, Scatman Crothers, Melody Thomas, Kathleen O'Malley.

This was the last movie John Wayne made. An aging gunfighter,  J.B. Books (played by John Wayne) has been told that he has "a cancer." He comes to Carson City to seek another opinion from an old friend, a doctor played by James Stewart, who confirms the diagnosis. The doctor recommends a quiet boarding house run by a widow, Mrs. Rogers, delightfully played by Lauren Bacall. He checks into the boarding house and tells the widow Rogers, he'll pay extra if needed, but he wants his meals in his room, he doesn't want to be a burden.

The word of his arrival has spread through the town. The milkman, Cobb, actor Bill McKinney, thinks he's pretty good with a gun.  There is a gambler at the local saloon, played by Hugh O'Brian, stages gunfights from time to time to prove how good he is with a gun. A third man that lives in the area named Sweeney (Richard Boone) has it in for Books for killing his brother several years ago.  The Sheriff discusses the difficulty he has with these characters and confronts Books about his reasons for being in town.  He later confirms Book's story with the doctor.

Mrs. Rogers' son, Gillum, (played by Ron Howard) discovers who Books really is, and is proud that the famous J.B. Books is living in his house. His mother really wants Books to leave. Books tells her of his illness and says he is in no condition to leave.  He wins her over and the two of them actually go for a "buggy ride" in which they learn to respect each other.  Books rides the trolley, and carries a cushion for comfort when he rides it into town.

One thread of the story deals with the livery stable owner (played by Scatman Crothers) is known to be the best haggler in town, he and Books do a bit of haggling to see how much he's going to have to pay Books for his horse and saddle, knowing that they will bring a good price as relics of the bygone era of the gunfighter.

Books, not wanting to lay around waiting to die, has young Gillum go to each of the gunmen, Cobb, Sweeney and the gambler and tell each one of them to meet him at the saloon. After riding the trolley down town, he leaves the cushion with the trolley man.  He walks calmly into the saloon and orders a drink, telling the bartender that it is his birthday. Cobb was the first to try his luck, but after the smoke cleared, Books stood alone, the other three were all dead.

Books was standing, looking towards the door, when Gillum peeks in and shouts "look out", but not in time, the bartender shoots Books in the back.  Gillum then picks up Books' gun and shoots the bartender.  The dying Books looks on in satisfaction as Gillum throws the gun down, knowing he has not created another gunman.  The Sheriff is relatively happy at the outcome, knowing that several of the biggest troublemakers in town are gone, removed by the violent means that he could no longer use.

Where The Boys Are
1960 Version Starring Connie Francis

Co-Stars; Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton, Barbara Nichols.

This was Connie's movie debut.  She also sang the title song.  Spring Break frolic in Florida.

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1984 Version

Stars; Lisa Hartman, Russell Todd, Lorna Luft, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Wendy Schall, Howard McGillin, Louise Sorel.

R rated version of this Spring Break frolic in Florida, it was rated as a turkey by most critics.

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