Clint’s soft spot for Paint Your Wagon…
It’s no secret that Clint has in the past been somewhat critical of his 1969 musical Paint Your Wagon.
To be fair, his criticism was generally aimed towards the production process, a long dragged out shoot has never been Clint’s favoured method of working, instead choosing to work quickly and efficiently - it became his policy and one in which he still follows to this day. Important lessons were learnt while working on a big production such as Paint Your Wagon and Clint didn’t really want to experience that again. However, it appears that Clint may have had a soft spot for the movie after all. Whilst going through my files I recently discovered this letter dated January 5th, 1971 which shows that Clint requested a loan of a 16mm print of the movie from Paramount. Hey, I can’t argue with his choice, Paint Your Wagon has always worked for me as a great Christmas / New Year movie – I only hope it was an IB Technicolor Scope print! I’ve read that these Paint Your Wagon 16mm features were probably printed in 1970 and near the end of the dye transfer Technicolor imbibition process.
Perhaps Clint just wanted to bag one before they all disappeared!