Friday, 22 October 2021

The Film Music Society: A Very Special Fundraising Auction

The Film Music Society: A Very Special Fundraising Auction
I wanted to get this posted as soon as possible as it’s for a very important reason and has a link which is very close to my heart.
The Film Music Society has officially begun its fundraising auctions! Please help us spread the word about this marvellous piece of original title art from PAINT YOUR WAGON (Paramount, 1969).
We are so grateful to writer extraordinaire Julie Kirgo for donating this beautiful work of art in memory of its owner, her beloved husband Nick Redman (1955-2019), who would be so pleased to know that all proceeds will go to support The Film Music Society.
Nick was a huge Eastwood fan as well as one of the best overall Film Historians in the business – and we still miss him deeply. This one-of-a-kind piece of authentic Hollywood concept art was previously owned by the Oscar-nominated film producer, film music expert, and noted Hollywood western memorabilia aficionado and was donated by his lovely wife Julie to The Film Music Society for fundraising in support of film music preservation.

All net proceeds will support The Film Music Society
The Film Music Society is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by entertainment industry professionals in support of film music preservation and restoration - including scores, sketches, orchestrations, sheet music, recordings, production papers, journalistic writings, photographs and other documentation related to the history of the art form. We sponsor educational programs, concerts, screenings and seminars. Incorporated in 1983, the FMS is the leading organization for film music preservation in the world.

PAINT YOUR WAGON (Paramount Pictures, 1969) original hand-painted vintage concept art for the musical film’s opening titles designed by incomparable illustrator David Stone Martin.
Acrylic paint on photostat. The art measures 25.75” x 11.5”, assembled for display from two pieces. (Seam is lightly visible.) Matted in a 31.5” x 17.5” black wood frame and plexiglass with hanging hardware on the back. In vintage fine condition. The frame has a few minor mars and scratches; plexiglass has a small scratch near the bottom edge of frame.

The concept art was created to convey an idea or style for use in a visual medium project (such as film or video), upon which a final version is based and created for the project.
Celebrated artist and illustrator David Stone Martin (1913-1992) is best known for his unique style on more than 400 record album covers – predominantly jazz, from Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker to Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald – as well as countless covers and print ads for major magazines. His contributions in Hollywood were rare but vital, and include the graphic designs and paintings portrayed as the works of an institutionalized suicidal artist in The Cobweb (1955) and the four complex Toulouse Lautrec-inspired watercolours that illustrate Gaston’s fling through high society for the “Bore Montage” in Gigi (1958).

Paint Your Wagon was of course a film adaptation of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 1951 Broadway musical capturing the California Gold Rush days of the 1850s, featuring such songs as “I’m on My Way,” “I Talk to the Trees,” and “They Call the Wind Maria.”

The film was directed by Joshua Logan, and starred Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Ray Walston and Harve Presnell. The screenplay was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky and featured some new songs by Lerner and André Previn.

Being auctioned through Ebay, this piece is available for pick-up in West Los Angeles, CA (handling costs will still apply); or will be insured and shipped by UPS. Packaging costs are included in handling charges. This will only be shipped to addresses within the United States. Any questions should be addressed via the Ebay auction HERE.

Please remember, this is a charity auction. Therefore 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards The Film Music Society’s film and television music preservation and restoration. Your generosity will help to keep film and TV music alive!
Thank you. 

A Fistful of Dollars, Australian re-release Daybill

A Fistful of Dollars, Australian re-release Daybill

Whilst we seem to be on a bit of a Dollar trilogy binge at the moment, I thought I’d take this opportunity to post this image which I came across a short time ago. This is an Australian Daybill (typically 13” x 30”) poster promoting A Fistful of Dollars. It’s hard to date this one precisely. But by the clues this poster holds, the main one being the ‘United Artists – Entertainment from Transamerica Corporation’ logo, it’s quite probably a 1970’s re-release. United Artists used this particular logo from 1968 up until 1982. The NRC rating also confirms its Australian origin, and meant that the movie was "not recommended for children". New Zealand's posters were generally the same, but usually carried their own countries rating system.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

A Fistful of Dollars Rare Make-up test shots

A Fistful of Dollars Rare Make-up test shots

I’ve been meaning to post these incredibly rare shots since someone sent me them a couple of months ago. The photos are likely to be test shots or final make-up shots taken in preparation for the incredibly vicious beating inflicted upon ‘Joe’ by the Rojo brothers and in order to extract information. 

These scenes were so vicious, that they were majorly trimmed by the censors (the BBFC) here in the UK. 

Subsequently, when the film was later shown on British TV networks such as the BBC, the full sequence was also still cut. It wasn’t until much later, and the emergence of Home Video, that this particular sequence began to be seen in a much fuller version. The make-up team on A Fistful of Dollars consisted of Alberto Gutiérrez and Sam Watkins, alongside uncredited assistant makeup artist José Luis Pérez. José María Sánchez served as the overall make-up department head (also uncredited). With these photos, we thought it was about time they deserved to be mentioned.

In the film, Joe of course manages to escape the confines of the Rojo’s and hides out until his wounds are healed and he is strong enough to make a return visit and settle the score. 

The beating hasn’t really become any easier on the eye over the years and still delivers a brutal punch, helped naturally with the aid of some pretty convincing make-up.

Below: A Spanish Lobby Card shows Joe left for dead after the Rojo beating

Below: From the film, Joe begins to make his recovery

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Original French Clint Eastwood Ad blocks 1964 – 1972

Original French Clint Eastwood Ad blocks 1964 – 1972 

I obtained these from a seller in France a couple of years ago; I’d been meaning to scan them here for the Archive for some time now. There are 15 featured, all are various sizes. The first scan I had to pass twice and join due to its larger size. The films range from; A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, For a Few Dollars More / The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Hang ‘em high, Coogan’s Bluff, Where Eagles Dare, Dirty Harry and Joe Kidd. 

Magnum Force : Harry fills his shopping trolley in an unusual piece of marketing!

Magnum Force : Harry fills his shopping trolley in an unusual piece of marketing!

Here’s a wonderful piece of exploitation/marketing from back in the day! This ad appeared in the local press from the Dearborn, Michigan area of the U.S. Instead of the usual Magnum Force artwork, this ad block instead featured 2 shots from the supermarket shoot-out scene, along with the tagline ‘Harry goes shopping… for killers’. Amusing, and very typical of its time, it’s the sort of advertising that you just don’t see today, which is a pity really. So many fans still love these old vintage newspaper ads, they really seem to unlock memories of the past. 

I must thank our friend Richard DuVal for this piece. Richard hooked up with us a couple of months ago, and has submitted some wonderful pieces that I am still working through and will be featuring here on the Archive - including some very cool theatre marquee photos from past to present, so be sure to keep a regular check.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Clint Eastwood Wins $6.1 Million CBD Lawsuit

Clint Eastwood Wins $6.1 Million CBD Lawsuit

Several news outlets including The New York Times, TMZ, Bizjournals and The Irish Times reported on this story yesterday. My thanks to Davy Turner for passing this on to me.

The Academy Award-winning director accused a Lithuanian company of falsely claiming that he had endorsed CBD products.

Sarah Bahr, The New York Times, Oct 3rd 2021

“Mr. Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview,” the court documents said.

The actor Clint Eastwood and Garrapata, the company that owns the rights to his likeness, were awarded $6.1 million on Friday in a lawsuit they had filed against a Lithuanian company that was accused of using Mr. Eastwood’s image and likeness to make it appear as though he was endorsing their products.

Last year, Mr. Eastwood filed two lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles against three CBD manufacturers and marketers (named as Sera Labs Inc, Greendios and For Our Vets LLC) whose products were featured in an online article falsely claiming that he endorsed CBD products, as well as 10 online retailers who he accused of manipulating search results through meta tags. (CBD is cannabidiol, a nonintoxicating compound in the cannabis sativa plant.)

According to the first lawsuit, the online article contained a fake interview with an outlet meant to resemble the “Today” show. It included a photo of Mr. Eastwood from an actual appearance on “Today,” as well as links to buy the items.

“Mr. Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview,” the court documents said.

The judge, R. Gary Klausner of United States District Court for the Central District of California, entered a default judgment after Mediatonas UAB, the company that published a fabricated interview with Mr. Eastwood, failed to respond to a summons in March. Mr. Eastwood and Garrapata were then awarded $6 million based on the company’s unauthorized use of his name and likeness, along with about $95,000 in attorneys’ fees and a permanent injunction that blocks future use of his name and likeness.

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Spanish EP’s from the 1960’s

Spanish EP’s from the 1960’s

I thought I would take this opportunity to post and share a couple of beautiful Spanish EP’s which I have been lucky enough to secure over the past month or so. I’ve always been a keen vinyl collector - especially when it comes to Eastwood related material. Whilst we do have a dedicated vinyl section on site, it’s an area that needs a complete overhaul and updating. While these 2 recent acquisitions may be found there, they would be there purely for illustrative purposes. 

However, as they have been long standing ‘wants’, I can finally provide a little information on each of these. 

The first is a beautiful Spanish EP from Ennio Morricone for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (El Bueno, El Feo Y El  Malo, 1966). Released on the U/A label, Cat No HU 067-141 in 1967, the 7” 45rpm comes in a thick glossy card picture sleeve and consists of 4 tracks from the original soundtrack album. The attractive front image also features all 3 central characters from the movie. 

The second EP (also from Spain), features music by Hugo Montenegro and his cover version of Hang ‘em high (Cometiron Dos Errores, 1967). While these are not the original versions, Montenegro was an important element of the whole Eastwood western scene, and produced an entire album which featured music from the ‘dollar’ trilogy as well as Clint’s first U.S. movie. The album covers were often hand drawn sketch type designs of The Man with No Name, which were drawn from reverse angles, just enough to suggest it was Clint’s character rather than revealing his face. However, this one is a rare example as it actually uses a photo of Clint as Jed Cooper and taken directly from the movie. Released on the RCA Victor Label, Cat No 3-21044 in 1968, the 7” 45rpm comes in a thick glossy gold card picture sleeve and contains 4 tracks - 2 from Hang ‘em high with 1 each from Valley of the Dolls (1967) and There's Got To Be A Better Way from the James Stewart movie Bandolero (1968). Both records are beautiful examples and can vary greatly in price depending upon the condition of both the vinyl and sleeve. They remain highly collectable though should they ever come your way. 

Below: Ennio Morricone, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Spanish EP

Below: Hugo Montenegro, Hang 'em high Spanish EP