Rushmore became a professional anticommunist. Scott's original character in the novel was a maternal type. When the older stars returned, many of the newer stars faded away. Though Hal Wallis tried to get Scott's singing voice undubbed for the production, he was overruled by the studio heads, despite all of Scott's previous voice training. Of her 22 films, she was the leading lady in all but one.
Scott played the titular character, derived from a boyfriend's dialog: The Cinema of Mike Hodges , p.
The grocery store was on the ground floor of the Matzos' two-story house. As a result, critics were generally unconvinced that the leading man would choose the dowdy Diane over Joan.
He claimed it violated a previous freelance deal, but added that he did not want to work with Scott anymore. California historian Kevin Starr described it thus:. Just a few years earlier, Hollywood had been presenting the wisecracking platinum blonde, frank, sexy, self-actualizing.