I thought it would be great to post this entertaining tribute to Clint that was filmed in Los Angeles, California on Sunday September 28th 1986, and aired on Sunday November 30th 1986. At the time Clint was serving as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea and finished his latest movie Heartbreak Ridge. Looking back over it just this morning, it’s a wonderful reminder of Hollywood’s golden era. So many great stars and directors are featured, Jimmy Stewart, Charles Bronson, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr and Don Siegel - all of whom are sadly no longer with us. More poignantly, the show marked the final public appearance by Cary Grant (who read out a personal message to Clint from President Reagan). The special aired one day after Grant’s death. CBS paid tribute to Mr. Grant with the following statement after the closing credits: "The All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood was taped on September 28, 1986 in Los Angeles. We at CBS extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and fans or Mr. Cary Grant...actor, humanitarian. His contributions to the performing arts is everlasting."
Below: An original Press still of Clint and Bob Hope at the All-Star Party (thanks to Davy Triumph)
The show was broadcast in a one hour time slot and was written by Paul Keyes (as Paul W. Keyes) and directed by Dick McDonough. Here is a rare recording of the show, minus most advert breaks. It does start a little shaky (the original source appears to be Video cassette) but it does settle down quite nicely. Look out too for Don Rickles (Crap game, Kelly’s Heroes) roasting of Clint, it’s a very funny moment that seems to hold up a little better than Bob Hope’s monologue. My grateful thanks to Violet Pearl for preserving this show and uploading it for all to enjoy.