Longtime Paramount Story Analyst John Boswell Dies at 91

Colorful character provided script guidance at studio for 25 years.

John Boswell, a story editor and story analyst for Paramount Pictures for 25 years, died Sept. 5 at West Hills (Calif.) Hospital & Medical Center after a long illness. He was 91.

Boswell worked at the studio from 1961-86 under such execs as Robert Evans, Peter Bart, Don Simpson, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Jeff Katzenberg, Dawn Steel, David Kirkpatrick and Larry Mark. As a story analyst, he would pass along scripts to executives that he felt were worthwhile or eliminate those without potential as a movie.

A colorful character with a great Bette Davis imitation, friends say Boswell rode his scooter to work and donned a flat cap. He was full of wonderful stories about movie stars of the past and ranked the potential of those in the present with his own inimitable stamp. He was given a rare send-off with a huge party when he retired.

Boswell grew up in Anderson, Ind., served in World War II and spent a year in Greece teaching English. He made his way to Hollywood in the mid-1950s when he began his career at MGM before moving to Paramount.

Boswell spent his last few years at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills until a bout with pneumonia more than a year ago forced him into a nursing home. Survivors include nieces Jan Randall and Dana Hughel and nephew John Hughel. His ashes will be interred in the family plot in Indiana, and a celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch. For information, contact Holly Welch at hollymwelch@aol.com or at (818) 831-2075.

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