Friday 1 March 2024

Rare 7” Single from Any which way you can

Rare 7” Single from Any which way you can
It’s always great to find another Eastwood related 7” single for the collection. I discovered this yesterday, purely by accident, as I didn’t honestly know this had been cut as a single release. 

David Frizzell & Shelly West - You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma was of course featured on the original soundtrack album and featured in Clint’s film Any which way you can (1981). It’s recognised today as something of a country classic – but for me it brings back some great memories of a certain time and place. 

It also represents a period where Clint worked closely with producer Snuff Garrett (1938 – 2015). Clint and Garret worked together on projects such as Every which way but loose, Bronco Billy and Honkytonk man. 
While there seems to be plenty of copies of this single available in the United States, it was rare to find one here on these shores – so didn’t hesitate in grabbing it while I could.
Below: Clint with producer Snuff Garrett
Below: David Frizzell & Shelly West - You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma 
             

Photo Opportunity #47

 Photo Opportunity #47

Golfing in Kezar stadium! For our March Photo Opportunity, I’ve chosen this great shot of Clint practising his golf swing while on location filming for Dirty Harry. Kezar stadium was where Harry finally apprehended the film’s antagonist, Scorpio – where he worked as the caretaker at the stadium and lived under the grandstand.

1971 was quite the year, especially in terms of Kezar’s history. The San Francisco 49ers played the final NFL game at Kezar in early 1971 before their move to Candlestick Park. Months after the 49ers' departure, several scenes from Dirty Harry were filmed in and above the stadium. With pending demolition, the bleacher planks of Kezar Stadium were sold off to fans at a party in April 1989. In the June, the stadium was demolished and rebuilt with a much smaller seating capacity of 10,000.

Thursday 29 February 2024

The Magnificent Stranger: Rare Unidis design concepts


The Magnificent Stranger: Rare Unidis design concepts 

The Magnificent Stranger, dependent upon what you read, is an oddity, a convoluted piece directed by Herschel Daugherty. The story had Rawhide’s Rowdy Yates attempts to prevent a robbery of a fort. 

The production credit under which this film was released in the Federal Republic of Germany "A production of Jolly Film, Rome” was intentionally misleading. Jolly was one of the three companies that had produced Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars. Before and after this film was shot, Eastwood played one of the leads in the American television Western series - a cowboy named Rowdy Yates. Not content with the millions they earned with A Fistful of Dollars, Jolly bought two episodes of the television series and edited them together to make a feature film, and gave the product the title Il Magnifico Straniero – the original working title for A Fistful of Dollars. In the film, Eastwood’s character is of course, often referred to as "The stranger". The film was put together purely as an exploitation exercise and to cash in on the success of A Fistful of Dollars. Clint later successfully sued to prevent the distribution of this film.

The Magnificent Stranger was compiled from the two episodes "The Backshooter" and "Incident of the Running Man". A few posters and Photobusta sets did appear, but these rare designs are original mock ups from UNIDIS, the Italian film and distribution company.   
Below: One of the rare posters from Unidis that did find a way through (and into my collection), the Italian Locandina – which are commonly around 13" x 28" 

In the Line of Fire: Transparent vinyl LP


In the Line of Fire: Transparent vinyl LP
I have to hold my hands up and admit, this album didn’t come to my attention until only recently. Ennio Morricone’s excellent score to Wolfgang Petersen superb 1993 thriller starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo is a soundtrack I’ve owned on CD since it first became available –  over 30 years ago. 
The film is about a disillusioned and obsessed former CIA agent who attempts to assassinate the President of the United States and the Secret Service agent who tracks him. Eastwood's character is the sole active-duty Secret Service agent who is still remaining from the detail that had guarded John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, at the time of his assassination in 1963.
The movie, still a firm favourite among fans, received some great reviews and was nominated for numerous Academy, ASCAP, BAFTA, Golden Globe and MTV Movie Awards.

The composer, the unique Ennio Morricone also arranged the tense movie score. He composed and conducted more than 500 film and television productions, making him one of the most influential, prolific and best-selling film composers since the late 1950s. For In the Line of Fire Morricone used the Unione Musicisti Di Roma Orchestra of Rome, Italy. 



This release forms part of the Ennio Morricone Classic Soundtrack Series Limited to 1000 numbered copies (number is stamped on the back cover) a non-glossy deluxe cover which is made out of special paper. The record is180-gram audiophile vinyl and comes issued within a high quality plastic sleeve with hype sticker on front and AT THE MOVIES stamped letters logo.
Plastic sleeve backside - At the Movies - Music on Vinyl - Deluxe Limited Edition sticker and barcode sticker. Issued with 2 X 10x10 inserts - 1 x one sided with release related info & 1 x two sided (consisting of advertising). This vinyl edition was originally released in July 2017, but there are still limited copies available out there - I’m just glad I discovered it before they vanished completely. 
              

Monday 26 February 2024

Eastwood: All night Universal Show 1972

Eastwood: All night Universal Show 1972

Here’s another very rare advertisement, this time for a one night only, all Universal Eastwood show. This took place at the Northmain Drive-In located on Main Street North and Red River Boulevard, Winnipeg on May 21st 1972. 

The 700 car drive-in opened in 1950 and closed for business in 1980. The 4 films presented for this very special night were, Clint’s latest Play Misty for Me followed by The Beguiled, Coogan’s Bluff and Two Mules for Sister Sara. Not a bad night’s entertainment for your $3! 


Wednesday 21 February 2024

Magnum Force Rare Academy Screening Advertisement

Magnum Force Rare Academy Screening Advertisement 

Here is an incredibly rare one-page advertisement which originally appeared in the trade magazine Variety in January 1974. The striking advert for Clint’s Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force was an invite to Academy members to view the film at Warner Bros Burbank studios on Monday January 14th 1974 at 8.30pm. The advertisement appeared in Variety for one day only. 

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Eastwood: United Artists Australian Film Festival 1970’s


Eastwood: United Artists Australian Film Festival 1970’s 

Here’s a cracking rare ad for an Australian Film Festival held in Sydney, Australia. We can’t be sure of the date of this rare ad (kindly sent in by Davy Triumph) – but looking at the line-up of his United Artists films, it must date from at least 1974. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot was entered for classification in Australia on 1st June 1974 and went on general release there in October of the same year. There is a possibility that this festival was put together to tie-in with the launch of the film – and a pretty good excuse to pull Eastwood’s previous U/A releases. It certainly made for a great line-up of movies. 
*Dates on the ad may also indicate a February 1975 release.
We also know this must have been before 1981. The Paris Theatre was a cinema and theatre located on the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Liverpool Street in Sydney, Australia and closed for business in 1981. I know that fans love these rare ads, they always prove popular and serve as a rare reminder of an event that might otherwise had been lost in time. 
Below: The Paris Theatre circa 1973

*Footnote information received that this was in fact May 1977 - many thanks