Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Clint Eastwood: Mayor of Carmel

I just wanted to establish this section which will cover Clint's period as Mayor of Carmel. I have large amounts of material for this dedicated area which actually turned out to be an important period of Clint's career. For now though I will just get this section started by opening it with a few items I have close at hand. He won and was Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1986-1988.
Below: An Original Badge from the electoral campaign.
Below: Clint Eastwood goes to the polls as he attempts to become the mayor of Carmel, California, in 1986 (he served one term). Eastwood has traditionally voted Republican, supporting candidates from Richard Nixon to John McCain.
Below: Any minute now Clint Eastwood is going to burst through these doors (probably unshaven and firing from the hip, because that’s the only way you ever see him) to launch his campaign to become mayor of Carmel, California.
The first big question is why a megastar wants to be mayor of a village of 4,700 people having a nice day. He denies wanting to be the second cowboy in the White House.

Below: Clint Eastwood at his first city council meeting as Mayor of Carmel by the sea, May 7, 1986
Below: Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood and first lady Nancy Reagan discuss cues before taping public service announcements at Universal Studios in Universal City, Ca., May 14, 1987.
Contrary to what you might believe, when Mr. Eastwood ran for mayor of the small Californian city Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1986, his campaign and platform was anything but dirty.
Although Clint grew up in San Francisco, he eventually found a home in Carmel. After winning what he deemed an unjust battle with the local government to erect a building in the downtown area that would help the community, Clint decided he'd take a stab at local politics. He ended up winning 72 percent of the vote, a margin that earned him a personal congratulatory call from then President Ronald Reagan. He did this without giving any interviews to the national press, barely any paid advertising, and by staying closely involved with the Carmel community. His campaign slogan was "Bringing the Community Together."
Running up to his political career, Clint had been in about 50 movies and almost 216 episodes of the TV show Rawhide. Apparently, Hollywood was too much in his blood to stay away too long: He only stayed one term as mayor before returning to acting full time.
Above: Clint Eastwood stands with Carmel resident and Eastwood-for-Mayor supporter Bruna Odello outside the Mission Ranch Inn. (April 7, 1986). (Getty)
Below: Clint Eastwood proudly holds up a t-shirt proclaiming him as the mayor of Carmel, California, during his acceptance speech on April 9, 1986.
Below: Some nice shots of the Mayor carrying out some local duties and posing for some publicity photos.

Below: The Campaign Scrapbook: Volume 1, Number 1; 1986, I was pleased to have grabbed one of these at the time.
Below: The Rare 2nd volume of the Campaign Scrapbook
Below: My Original Postcard and unused car bumper sticker
Below: The very rare promotional record that was released by local Carmel group The Medflys - a novelty song called 'Don't mess with the Mayor - Westcoast Records of Monterey, California.
Below: More badges from my collection

Above: A rare poster that sometimes appears on the auction market, the small print on the bottom states 'Not for sale, Limited Edition, Dennis DeSilva Studio 7 1986' The poster size is 16"x12" 

Below: The Carmel Pine Cone, April 10th 1986, Feature on Clint becoming Mayor of Carmel.

Below: While on Clint's political page, here is a more recent picture of Clint with Chris Mitchum (son of Robert). Robert Mitchum's brother John of course starred in several of Clint's films, most famously as his partner Frank in the first three Dirty Harry films.
Below: Clint during his campaign
Below: An original Campaign Flyer
Below: On the Trail with Clint, an original rare book from Carmel
Below: Photographed by Mark Kauffman, Clint Eastwood strolls on the beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1986
Below: A few official photos taken during Clint's term as Mayor of Carmel in 1986
Below: Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood holds a news conference at the La Playa Hotel on April 8th 1986
Below: Mayor Eastwood meets the pope on Sept. 17, 1987, during the pontiff's visit
Below: Even the Mayor finds time for Golf
Below: Thomas Walton chats with Clint during his run for mayor of Carmel
Below: Another nicely designed badge

Early Eastwood TV and Movie bit parts

I wanted to get this post started in order to post several posters and lobby card that I have either in my own collection or on file. This post covers a 10 year period, between the years 1955 - 1965 and does not include Rawhide which has its own dedicated page. Here you will find all things connected with the following films or TV appearances:
"The Danny Kaye Show" .... Himself-Guest (1 episode, 1965)
- Episode dated 6 October 1965 (1965) TV episode .... Himself-Guest
CBS: The Stars' Address (1963) (TV) .... Himself
"Pantomime Quiz" (1 episode, 1962)
... aka "Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "Stump the Stars" - USA (new title)
- The Rawhide Cast (1962) TV episode
"Mister Ed" .... Himself (1 episode, 1962)
- Clint Eastwood Meets Mister Ed (1962) TV episode .... Himself
"Here's Hollywood" .... Himself (1 episode, 1962)
- Episode dated 23 March 1962 (1962) TV episode .... Himself
"Disneyland '59" (1959) (TV) .... Himself
"Maverick" .... Red Hardigan (1 episode, 1959)
- Duel at Sundown (1959) TV episode .... Red Hardigan DVD
Above: The Maverick episode is available on DVD, it actually comes as an extra on the Special 2 Disc edition of Unforgiven
Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) .... Keith Williams Rare 16mm full print
Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) is also now available on Blu-ray disc in its full Regalscope ratio

Lafayette Escadrille (1958) .... George Moseley
"Navy Log" .... Burns (1 episode, 1958)
- The Lonely Watch (1958) TV episode .... Burns
Escapade in Japan (1957) (uncredited) .... Dumbo Pilot
"West Point" (1 episode, 1957)
- White Fury (1957) TV episode
"Death Valley Days" .... John Lucas (1 episode, 1956)
... aka "Call of the West" - USA (syndication title)
... aka "The Pioneers" - USA (syndication title)
... aka "Trails West" - USA (syndication title)
... aka "Western Star Theater" - USA (syndication title)
- The Last Letter (1956) TV episode .... John Lucas

Above: Death Valley Days, This is the very rare U.S. Laserdisc containing 4 episodes from the show including The Last Letter which starred Clint. Made in b/w, 26 minutes
Below: Death Valley Days Broadcast December 8th, 1956
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) .... Lt. Jack Rice, Roughrider
Below: Clint as he appears in The First Traveling Saleslady
Away All Boats (1956) (uncredited) .... Marine (Medic)
Below: How Clint appeared briefly in Away all Boats
Star in the Dust (1956) (uncredited) .... Tom, ranch hand
... aka "Law Man" - USA (alternative title) DVD
"Highway Patrol" .... Joe Keeley (1 episode, 1956)
- Motorcycle A (1956) TV episode .... Joe Keeley
Never Say Goodbye (1956) (uncredited) .... Will DVD
Tarantula (1955) (uncredited) .... Jet Squadron Leader
... aka "The Giant Tarantula" - USA (informal title) DVD / Laserdisc
Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) (uncredited) .... First Saxon
... aka "21st Century Lady Godiva" - USA (alternative title) DVD
Francis in the Navy (1955) .... Jonesey DVD
Allen in Movieland (1955) (TV) .... Orderly
Revenge of the Creature (1955) (uncredited) .... Jennings - Lab Technician DVD
Below: Swedish 1 sheet for Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) this was one of the films that Sergio Leone viewed when considering Eastwood for A Fistful of Dollars, although he was not impressed by the movie he liked the way Clint moved 'cat like' as he described it. Eastwood would also later comment that he thought it was a terrible film.
I am lucky enough to own a complete print of this movie on 16mm.

Below: The 6 sheet poster for Away all Boats (1956) Clint appears as part of the Marine crew, as a medic and has just a single line. Not sure of any DVD release, but I only have a VHS recording from a TV broadcast.

Below: A rare fold out mailer for Escapade in Japan (1957) where Clint appeared briefly as an aircraft pilot. Again, not sure of any DVD release of this movie, but I do have a VHS from a TV broadcast.

Below: 3 Original Lobby Cards from Francis in the Navy (1955) where Clint had quite a large role as one of the Sailors (Jonesey) card Nos 3, 4 and 7 are shown below and each of them feature Clint. I have the DVD of the movie (scan to follow).

Below: Lady Godiva (1955) Original U.S. Insert, Clint appeared in a 'blink and you'll miss him' role as the first saxon. Nevertheless, I still have this movie on DVD (scan to follow)
Below: Never say goodbye (1956) lobby card set. I'm lucky enough to own this particular set where Clint played lab assistant Will, to Rock Hudson. Below are the complete set of 8 cards and a close up example of the title card. I also have this film on DVD (scan to follow)

Below: Tarantula (1955) was one of many films in Universal's second phase of monster flicks and has now become a classic of the genre. Clint appears towards the finale as the Jet Squadron Leader who lead a team of fighter jets to bomb and destroy the giant spider. Below is one of the famous lobby cards of the day. I own the movie on both Laserdisc and DVD (scan to follow)

Below: A Rare costume test shot of Clint when landing his first feature role in the 1955 3-D sequel Revenge of the Creature
Below: A rare shot from 1955, Clint attends a dance class at Universal Studios with John Saxon and Floyd Simmons

Lots more to come in this section, so check back soon!