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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2017 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Always liked him:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/rance-howard-actor-and-father-of-director-ron-howard-dead-at-89/ar-BBFDRNJ?li=BBnbfcL

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2017 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

God bless you, Rance!

You were the father to several great men who loved you and will care for your following.

R. I. P.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard and his son Ron made their feature film debuts in the 1956 outdoor drama FRONTIER WOMAN. Rance played an unscrupulous trader named "Prewitt." Ron Ormond directed the film, which had an unreleased score by Walter Greene.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Ron Howard got his big break in features playing "Winthrop Paroo" in 1962's THE MUSIC MAN. His father Rance had the smaller role of "Oscar Jackson." Morton DaCosta directed the film. Meredith Willson's score was released on a Warner Bros. LP and reissued on CD in 1990.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard worked again with Shirley Jones (THE MUSIC MAN), and of course, his son Ron, in the 1963 romantic comedy THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER. Rance played a camp counselor in the film. Vincente Minnelli directed the picture, which had an unreleased score by George E. Stoll.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard played a deputy in the 1965 sci-fi film VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS. Bert I. Gordon directed and co-wrote the film, which was based on H.G. Wells' Food of the Gods. The picture marked the film scoring debut of Jack Nitzsche.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In THE DESERT RAVEN, a gang of outlaws, among them "Bert" (Robert Terry), the leader; trigger man "Ed Crane" (Robert Ward); stripper "Margo" (Rosalind C. Roberts); and "Reggie" (Rance Howard), flees to the desert after robbing and killing a wealthy old woman. Alan S. Lee directed this 1965 crime drama. Richard La Salle provided the unreleased score.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance and Clint Howard both had small roles in the 1966 western AN EYE FOR AN EYE. Rance played "Harry." Michael D. Moore directed the film, which had an unreleased score by Raoul Kraushaar.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 10:30 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance played a sheriff in 1967's COOL HAND LUKE. Stuart Rosenberg directed the film. Lalo Schifrin's score was released on a Dot Records LP and had its most recent CD release in 2001 from Aleph Records.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE WILD COUNTRY was the first film in which Rance Howard appeared with both of his sons, Ron and Clint. Rance Howard, who played "Cleve," also served as the film's dialogue director. Robert Totten directed this 1971 Disney frontier drama. Robert F. Brunner's score has not had a release.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 11:08 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Working again with director Robert Totten (THE WILD COUNTRY), Rance appeared with Clint Howard in the 1973 made-for-television adaptation of John Steinbeck's THE RED PONY. Rance played "Sheriff Bill Smith." Jerry Goldsmith's score was released by Varese Sarabande in 2012.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Set in the rural Appalachian mountains, WHERE THE LILIES BLOOM follows fourteen-year-old "Mary Call Luther" (Julie Gholson) as she cares for her siblings in the wake of her mother’s death and the illness of her father, "Roy Luther" (Rance Howard). William A. Graham directed the 1974 film. Bluegrass banjoist Earl Scruggs wrote and performed the film's score, with his band The Earl Scruggs Revue." Columbia Records released an LP of the score, which has not been re-issued on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2017 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard had a small part as an irate farmer in 1974's CHINATOWN. Roman Polanski directed this neo-noir. Jerry Goldsmith's score was most recently released by Intrada in 2016.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 12:01 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Ron Howard starred in the 1976 car chase film EAT MY DUST. Brother Clint ("George Poole Jr.") and father Rance ("Clark") had supporting roles. Charles B. Griffith wrote and directed the film. David Grisman wrote the unreleased score and performed it with The David Grisman Quintet.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

By agreeing to star for free in EAT MY DUST, Ron Howard was given the chance by Roger Corman to direct GRAND THEFT AUTO. Corman gave Howard and his father, Rance Howard, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film, four requirements: (1) That the film be an action-comedy about a car chase; (2) have "young people on the run"; (3) star Ron Howard; and (4) have the title "Grand Theft Auto," which had been pre-tested for audience acceptance. An added requirement was that Howard shoot the film in four weeks, which forced him to stage ninety-one camera set-ups in one day. Howard finished the film in twenty-three days on a $1-million budget, although Corman demanded an extra chase scene after Howard finished principal photography.

Rance and Clint Howard also had small roles in the film, and Rance received credit as an associate producer. Rance played private detective "Ned Slinker" in the 1977 film. The main theme from Peter Ivers' score appeared on the Milan compilation CD "Ron Howard - Passions & Achievements." GRAND THEFT AUTO had a worldwide gross of $15 million.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard played a wagon master in 1977's ANOTHER MAN, ANOTHER CHANCE, a film that director Claude Lelouch wrote to translate the theme of A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966), his most successful film, “to pioneer America.” Kritzerland re-issued the United Artists LP of Francis Lai's score on CD in 2011.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

SMOKEY BITES THE DUST was another Roger Corman car destruction film, which followed the rivalry between a small-town southern sheriff (Walter Barnes) and a small-town teen aged thief (Jimmy McNichol) who steals cars and destroys them, with the sheriff's daughter (Janet Julian) by his side. Working again with director Charles B. Griffith (EAT MY DUST), Rance Howard played a school coach in the 1981 film. The score, by Bent Myggen, has not had a release.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 1:19 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard played a minister in the 1984 Steve Martin comedy THE LONELY GUY. Arthur Hiller ditrected the film. MCA Records released a six-track mini-album of the film's music on LP and cassette, with four songs and two tracks (5 minutes) of Jerry Goldsmith's score. No music from the film has been released on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Ron Howard directed the 1984 romantic fantasy SPLASH, in which Rance played "McCullough." Cherry Lane Records released Lee Holdridge's score on LP. A "promo" CD of the score was released by Super Tracks in 2000.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rance Howard played a St. Petersburg detective in Ron Howard's 1985 fantasy COCOON. James Horner's score was most recently released by Intrada in 2013.

 
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