Friday, 7 January 2022

Hang ‘em high Rare U/A letter July, 1968

Hang ‘em high Rare U/A letter July, 1968
I was over the moon yesterday to receive this wonderful piece of original 1968 memorabilia. The letter from the East coast division of United Artists was to promote the release of Clint’s first American film, Hang ‘em High. These little pieces of documentation may not mean a lot to some people, but for me, they are very important pieces. They are, after all, a document of historical importance. One person who fully understands this is Eastwood author and Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer. I’ve known Lee for nearly two decades now, and have helped work with him on several Eastwood related projects. Lee very graciously sent me this piece over as a festive gift, so thank you, Sir. It is so very much appreciated. 
In fact, Lee’s gift provided me with the ideal opportunity of pulling a very similar piece (scanned here on the Archive for the first time). By strange coincidence, these were also entrusted to me by another long-time friend and Eastwood author, the late Patrick Agan. Many years ago Patrick kindly donated a lot of his original material to me, material that Patrick had collected for his book on Eastwood back in the mid-seventies. These also tie-in and compliment very nicely with Lee’s piece. Below are a lovely set of Advance production notes for Hang ‘em high. Patrick’s notes originated from the West coast division of United Artists and consist of 12 pages and supported by a separate 2 page synopsis. I have also now added these scans to the dedicated Hang ‘em high page (HERE).
On that page you will also find another wonderful example of some Hang ‘em high ephemera which also contained a great letter headed design. The dangling legs letter announcing Hang ‘em high’s release date also originates from the East coast, New York offices of United Artists, and is really striking. Unfortunately, I don’t own an original piece with that letter head design, but I certainly hope to add it to the collection one day.
My thanks to both Lee and Dave Worrall of Cinema Retro, both of whom remain great supporters of the Archive. 
Cinema Retro (HERE 


Thursday, 6 January 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #22

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #22

I like to try and begin the New Year with a Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity - besides, we haven’t had one since October last year. Not that we need much of a reason or excuse to post a great picture of Clint, it's just a little something to make us smile during these testing times.

So while we seem to have fallen into a bit of a mini Thunderbolt & Lightfoot binge, I thought I’d post this cracking photo of first time director Michael Cimino with Clint during a break in filming. Every time I look at this shot I wonder what Cimino might had been saying – with a finger planted in Clint’s chest, it looks on the surface to be quite ominous (although perhaps not to be recommended). 

Then again, perhaps it was a constructive conversation? Perhaps Cimino was trying to justify why he needed just one more take? Perhaps it was a discussion about power and stature within the industry?

Yes, we’ll go with that scenario. After all, Clint appears to be the only one laughing…        

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot Academy Screening Ad

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot Academy Screening Ad

Here’s a very rare advertisement inviting Academy members (and guest) along to a screening of Thunderbolt & Lightfoot. The advert appeared in The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, January 20th, 1975. The film was show on the 20th, 21st and 23rd at The Goldwyn Studios, screening Room A at 8.30pm. 

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot Rare FYC Jeff Bridges Oscar Ads

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot Rare FYC Jeff Bridges Oscar Ads

Here are a couple of very rare Academy Award FYC ads for Jeff Bridges as Best Supporting Actor in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974). Back in 1975, it marked something of a departure for a Clint Eastwood movie to receive an Academy Award nod. There was no doubt about it; Jeff Bridges was certainly worthy of consideration. However, the company was incredibly tough that year with the likes of veteran star Fred Astaire for The Towering Inferno, Michael V. Gazzo, Lee Strasberg and finally Robert De Niro making up the trilogy of actors competing for The Godfather Part II. 

One could argue that the odds were a little stacked in Coppola’s favour that evening – and sure enough, on Tuesday, April 8th 1975, it was De Niro who walked away with the Oscar for his performance as the young Vito Corleone. Nevertheless, Bridges could walk away with his head held high. It was just a pity no prizes were awarded for the funkiest colour designed ads, I’d of certainly marked Thunderbolt & Lightfoot down as an overall favourite in that particular category. 

My kind thanks to our friend Richard Duval

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Happy Christmas and yearly review 2021

Happy Christmas and yearly review 2021

As always, I would like to begin by wishing Clint a very happy Christmas on behalf of all his fans and everyone connected with the Archive. I would also like to thank and wish a very happy Christmas to everyone who helps me to bring all of this material here and for the benefit of the fans.

To start with some positive news, this year we have averaged over one post per week, which is up on last year. On top of that, there have of course been hundreds of updates on many of the dedicated pages.

We began the year with reports of casting for Clint’s next project which was his adaptation of Cry Macho. We also posted a cracking photo opportunity which featured Clint judging a teen Miss Jersey contest at Palisades Amusement Park in 1962. Whilst in February we posted a couple of incredibly rare and seldom seen double crown posters for both Where Eagles Dare and Kelly’s Heroes.

In March and April we received further updates on Cry Macho including that the score would be composed by Mark Mancina and that the film would get an October 2021 release date. We also posted Where Eagles Dare: Snowballs at dawn, a selection of photos which captured both Clint and actor Darren Nesbitt taking on each other during the making of the movie.

In May we posted Clint Eastwood Dialogue with Richard Schickel, a wonderful audio interview from 1990, where Clint discusses his career with his old friend in front of a live audience. Lasting some 95 minutes, it’s a very enjoyable listen. Also at the end of the month we celebrated Clint’s 91st Birthday.

The summer got off to a very busy start. In June we began our 50th anniversary celebrations for Dirty Harry and a rather cracking photo of Clint that was new to a great many fans. We also featured an Exclusive Dirty Harry 50th Anniversary painting by our good friend, Graham Kennedy, and a vintage 1970 article on Two Mules for Sister Sara. As part of our Dirty Harry Anniversary we rounded off June with an exclusive interview with the lovely vocalist Sally Stevens who provided the film’s haunting vocal accompaniment to Lalo Schifrin’s incredible score.

In July I began the month by creating a Dirty Harry gallery using my own collection of stills. We also posted a couple of very rare Magnum Force posters. I also posted a couple of rare photos and a feature on Every which way but loose writer Jeremy Joe Kronsberg. The end of July saw our main Dirty Harry focal piece ‘Unearthing the roots of Dirty Harry’ - an original and lengthy article I wrote of how Harry came to the screen.

In August we saw the launch of Cry Macho’s advertising campaign. We also finally saw the release of the complete John Williams score for The Eiger Sanction released in a 2 CD set. And we published some very nice behind the scenes shots from Magnum Force as well as the lovely Japanese blu-ray release of Thunderbolt & Lightfoot.

September was a very busy month, I posted perhaps the most comprehensive collection of the famous Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood photos shot by Terry O’Neill - The Return of Butch Cassidy and the Kidd (see what I did there). We posted a whole host of Cry Macho material including some nice featurettes and the soundtrack release. As we were also celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beguiled I posted the rare complete set of French lobby stills. We also featured rare artwork from Honkytonk Man by Bill Gold, a rare contact sheet from Hang ‘em high, a rare internal Unforgiven memo from 1984, some great posters, rare flyers and a whole lot more!

In October we published some great French ads from 1964-1972, some rare Spanish EP releases, a lovely piece of Paint your wagon artwork and a pretty cracking make-up test shot from A Fistful of Dollars. By November / December we also ran our 50th Anniversary tribute to Play Misty for Me with an excellent original article, and a look back at the history of Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Warner Brothers were also kind enough to supply the 40 film DVD collection for a competition we ran which proved to be very popular. We also unearthed a rather nice self-published book, On the Trail of Bronco Billy - which turned out to be something of a gem! We concluded our Misty celebration by posting the complete 12 stills which made up the original French Lobby set. 

In Memoriam:
Unfortunately, 2021 also saw the passing of far too many people from the Eastwood circle of friends - producer of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Alberto Grimaldi, Magnum Force star Hal Holbrook, Play Misty’s lovely Jessica Walter, Stuntmen Chuck Hicks and Buddy Van Horn,  Arlene Golonka, Gavin MacLeod, William Smith and author Patrick Agan who was not only a personal friend, but the greatest inspiration – all of whom made the Eastwood light shine so brightly and will be missed dearly.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support - please continue to stay safe throughout these testing times.  

Darren, The Clint Eastwood Archive

Play Misty for Me: The complete French Lobby set


Play Misty for Me: The complete French Lobby set
In concluding our mini celebration of Play Misty for Me and its 50th Anniversary, I thought I would post the full French Lobby set. These are not scans of my original set, instead just stock examples to be used simply as a reference guide. 

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Rare Dirty Harry candid shot

Rare Dirty Harry candid shot

Here’s a rather nice find by our U.S. correspondent Kevin Walsh. The picture shows Clint Eastwood (back, hands in pocket), stunt double Buddy Van Horn, (foreground in same suit) with director Don Siegel possibly to the right wearing hat, The film crew prepare to shoot a scene for DIRTY HARRY (the school bus jump) in Larkspur 1971. The final scenes were all shot here, at the railroad crossing and at the Hutchinson rock quarry and mill. 

Thanks for this gem Kevin.