Close to the end of the American Civil War, injured Yankee soldier John McBurney is rescued on the verge of death by a twelve year old girl from an all-girl boarding school in Louisiana. At first the all-female staff and pupils are scared, but as John starts to recover, he charms them one by one and the sexually repressed atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit.
Below: How The Beguiled may have opened when seen in UK cinemas with its original X certificate
Below: The Quad poster for The Beguiled, one of the few quad poster's still missing from my collection.
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The Beguiled 1971 Original rolled U.S. Half sheet poster stunning artwork
The Beguiled 1971 10 b/w very rare on set photos approx 7 x 5 (Unique).
The Beguiled 1971 Clint Eastwood Don Siegel Original Australian Day bill poster
The Beguiled 1971 Clint Eastwood Elizabeth Hartman Original Belgium poster
The Beguiled 1971 Clint Eastwood Elizabeth Hartman Original German A1 poster
The Beguiled 1971 Clint Eastwood Elizabeth Hartman Original Italian poster Size 39x55
The Beguiled 1971 FOH set x 8 UK
The Beguiled 1971 U.S. Laserdisc Clint Eastwood from Universal with original Trailer
The Beguiled 1971 DVD R2 Widescreen 16:9
The Beguiled 1971 Blu-ray release of film
The Beguiled 1971 Original large US production folder
The Beguiled 1971 Original UK Rank press booklet with cast and synopsisThe Beguiled 1971 Lobby set x 15 German
The Beguiled 1971 Original 7” Vinyl very rare from Universal studios containing 4 original radio spots
The Beguiled 1971 Original film tie in Paperback.
Below: Another Paperback version which included a film scene cover. This is a version I am still looking to add to my collection
The Beguiled 1971 10 x 8 Press Stills b/w x 22 + 2 Colour
Below: The Beguiled 1971 UK original publicity advertising promotion
The Beguiled 1971 Original US publicity advertising supplement (with 1 cut)
Below: The Beguiled 1971 USA Orig publicity advertising supplement two
The Beguiled 1971 USA Original Press book
The Beguiled 1971 x Mini Lobby set x 9 USA (inc 1 rare over the standard 8 issued)
Some Additional Material for The Beguiled
Below: The Full set of 8 U.S. Lobby Cards size 14 x 11
The Beguiled U.S. 1 sheet poster
The Beguiled U.S. Insert poster
Below: The Rare Polish film poster 23x33 in size
Below: 2 Different designed posters from France
Below: The French Press Book
Below: The Beguiled Spanish 1 sheet poster
Below: A rare colour slide used for promotion
Above: I have recently been told that this slide (set in Gill Sans Extra Bold) was from the 1974-75 season for airing on one of ABC's network movie shows. A big thank you to wbhist for this valued information.
Below: Some excellent publicity shots from the movie and a great picture of Eastwood at the Beguiled Screening with one of his co stars (Jo Ann Harris) taken at the Directos' guild theatre Hollywood 1970
Below: Here's the Beguiled Swedish Insert poster
Below: The Beguiled Japanese B2 Poster
Below: The Beguiled Original Poster Art (Universal, 1971). Original One Sheet Mock-Up (19" X 24.5") Thriller.
This is an unused art department one sheet poster mock-up from Universal for the 1971 Clint Eastwood film, The Beguiled. It's a great piece of film history, in light of Clint Eastwood's adamant opinions contained in the book, Clint Eastwood: Interviews (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1999). Eastwood states: "...(The Beguiled)..was very poorly advertised...That's Universal. They have a terrible advertising department, they're not smart." You'll have to decide for yourself. We think this art image of Eastwood might have sold the film better (and made a more desirable collectible poster) than the purple marbled maize campaign on all the existing paper. Starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris, Darleen Carr, Mae Mercer, Pamelyn Ferdin, Melody Thomas, Peggy Drier, Patricia Mattick, Charlie Briggs, George Dunn, Charles Martin, Matt Clark, Patrick Culliton, Buddy Van Horn. Directed by Don Siegel.
The Beguiled (1970)
April 1, 1971
Clint Eastwood Is Star Of Siegel's 'The Beguiled'
By VINCENT CANBY, New York Times
Published: April 1, 1971
Take, for example, the lovely opening sequence in which a little, 12-year-old girl comes upon the body of the soldier in the forest. She is, at first, frozen with fear. Through her mind we hear her wonder whether her father died the same way. Cut to the soldier, and through his eyes we see a curious, shapeless child swim into focus.
Above Pamelyn Ferdin as Amy in The Beguiled
They talk, exchange names, and just before the child helps him to stand, he draws her down beside him and gives her a long, not really friendly kiss on the mouth. She's confused, but immensely happy.
Whether this is intentional or not, I've no way of knowing, but there's no other way to explain the amusingly overripe excesses in a film by a man who has, heretofore, managed to make films that were more complex in effect and a good deal more simple in design ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Two Mules for Sister Sara").
In fact, every major character in the movie, with the exception of Eastwood, is a female suffering to a greater or lesser degree from the need for a man, including the little girl (Pamelyn Ferdin) who first finds the soldier, the precocious 17-year-old (Jo Ann Harris), who seduces Eastwood with the graces of Belle Watling, and the sweet virginal teacher (Elizabeth Hartman), who comes close to being an unequivocally decent person, the only one in the film.
Above: Jo Ann Harris as Carol
The most deprived (ergo, according to Hollywood Freud, the wildest and most dangerous) woman is the seminary's headmistress (Geraldine Page), whose initial flashback, as she stares at the bloody, maggoty soldier, is to the bed in which she and her brother made frenzied, slow-motion love. My favorite fantasy, however, is Miss Page's wine-induced dream in which she, Eastwood and Miss Hartman make love and then assume the positions of a pietà, more exhausted, I suspect, than sorrowing.
This is very fancy, outrageous fantasizing from the man who gave us "Riot in Cell Block 11" and" Baby Face Nelson," and must strike horror in the hearts of those Siegel fans who've made a cult of his objectivity. "The Beguiled" is not, indeed, successful as baroque melodrama, and, towards the end, there are so many twists and turns of plot and character that everything that's gone before is neutralized. People who consider themselves discriminating moviegoers, but who are uncommitted to Mr. Siegel will be hard put to accept it, other than as a sensational, misogynistic nightmare.
I must say that I found it interesting (even when it approached the ludicrous) because of its place in relation to other Siegel films and because I have nothing but appreciation for the performers, especially Miss Page, Miss Hartman and Mr. Eastwood, who, by simply reacting well, has become an important actor of movies.
One final note: The screen credits list John B. Sherry and Grimes Grice as authors of the screenplay, adapted from the novel by Thomas Cullinan. Those are the pseudonyms, respectively, of Albert Maltz, who did the initial screenplay, reported to have been a romantic comedy, and Irene Kamp, who did the rewrite with help, I'm told, from Claude Traverse, the associate producer.
This may explain some of the peculiarities of the completed film.
THE BEGUILED directed by Donald Siegel; screenplay by John B. Sherry and Grimes Grice, from the novel by Thomas Cullinan; director of photography, Bruce Surtees; music by Lalo Schifrin; produced by Mr. Siegel; released by Universal Pictures.
At the Cinerama Theater, Broadway at 47th Street, and the R.K.O. 59th Street East, Twin Cinemas, east of Third Avenue.Running time: 109 minutes. (The Motion Picture Association of America's Production Code and Rating Administration classifies this film: "R—restricted, persons under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.")
John McBurney . . . . . Clint Eastwood
Martha . . . . . Geraldine Page
Edwina . . . . . Elizabeth Hartman
Carol . . . . . Jo Ann Harris
Doris . . . . . Darleen Carr
Hallie . . . . . Mae Mercer
Amy . . . . . Pamelyn Ferdin
Abigail . . . . . Melody Thomas
Lizzzie . . . . . Peggy Drier
Below: The location of The Beguiled, The Ashland-Belle Helene mansion near Baton Rouge, Louisianna. As it is today.Below: On the set of The Beguiled Clint with Jennings Lang
Below: A beautiful U.S. Advertisement for the film's original release