Thursday, 22 December 2022

Happy Christmas and Yearly review 2022

 

Happy Christmas and yearly review 2022-
Considering that 2022 has been something of a quiet year, we have still managed to somehow conjure up almost 80 new posts which I hope you have all enjoyed. Of course, like any other year, a great deal of material continues to be added to the dedicated film or subject pages and are there for you to discover whilst generally browsing. 
I would also like to thank everyone who continues to send material to me in order to either use on the archive or just to add to the collection - so often it’s sent as a simple ‘thank you’ gesture and in return for the dedication and time I put into the Archive - You are all extremely thoughtful and I thank you, sincerely. 

So, a brief recollection of 2022:
We began in January with some rather nice rare bits of material such as FYC ads for Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, we had a nice photo opp which also featured Cimino and Clint, we also featured some rare Hang ‘em high material which was donated by our friends Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall of Cinema Retro magazine. We also looked at the struggle to obtain Richard Jewel on Blu-ray within the UK - which was really the first sign of something much darker to come. 
In February I posted When in Rome… April 1964, which included some of my personal collection of rarely seen photos while Clint was in town for the filming of A Fistful of Dollars. I followed this up with When in Rome… The return visit. Spaghetti & Skateboarding, a collection of more familiar shots taken in Rome during 1965 and Clint’s return to film For a Few Dollars More. We also reported that Dirty Harry was scheduled to hit the big screen again at the BFI, and also posted On Location: Rare Candids from The Beguiled including some previously unseen photos. In February we also posted a lengthy feature on Clint’s Crew: Cinematographer Tom Stern which included a rare interview and the complete feature from International Cinematographers Guide Magazine. I concluded February with a fascinating look at the rarely seen Dollar Trilogy in German Paperback form. 
In April we reported about the shabby treatment afforded to Cry Macho in the UK, in Time gentlemen please? Have Warner Bros pulled the plug on Clint? We moved straight to a more positive vibe with Clint & Sondra Behind the cover: The Photo shoot for People Weekly Magazine, Feb 1978 which featured a superb assortment of rarely seen photographs. In mid April we also posted the A Fistful of Dollars Rare UK Double Crown poster and the Carmel Magazine cover shot of Winter 2020 which featured a wonderful shot of Clint in his youth. Also in April I featured a piece on The WMS Gaming Fistful of Dollars Slot Machine, including a rare piece of advertising from my collection. We also took a first glimpse look at Giuseppe Tornatore’s heartfelt tribute to film composer Morricone and featured the new trailer. And we rounded off April with a lovely full page advertisement for Clint’s Burning Bridges single kindly sent to me by Dave Worrall.
May 1st, I posted a piece I had written called Clint & Wayne in The Hostiles - the John Wayne / Clint Eastwood project that never happened. In May I also scanned and posted some rare magazine features such as OUI Magazine: Clint Eastwood Interview, June 1978, Clint Eastwood: Numero Uno! Cosmopolitan Magazine, Article from October 1975 and Rona Barrett's Gossip Magazine Article Circa 1974 Clint Eastwood: Champion of the Year. I also posted a very rare piece on The Man with No Name arrives in the UK. May also featured A Fistful of Dollars: Rare UK Teaser campaign in use, a set of super pages donated to me again by Dave Worrall showing the great Fistful of Dollars teaser campaign in use within the trade press. And keeping with the Dollar theme, we concluded May with a look at the MGM Dollar Trilogy Home Entertainment Campaign of 2000.
We kicked off June with a fabulous set of colour photos from the Magnum Force: Shipyard sequence, and featured a super Photo op with Clint and Don on location for Dirty Harry. We also featured The Enforcer Rare Set of 16 Mexican Lobby Cards. Half way through the year, there was a real sense that A Fistful of Dollars was shining through as the dominant focus of 2022 and that continued when I featured the Rare 1965 German A Fistful of Dollars 7” Single - First Pressing. Also in June we featured some great In the Line of Fire Rare Original 1993 Storyboards, and the ultra rare Dirty Harry UK Double Crown poster. We also posted another original Mediascene Magazine Article November - December 1973, and an original letter from Clint in reference to a print of Paint Your Wagon. 
In July we posted some funky Italian Photobustas from Dirty Harry, and also an original pamphlet advertising the Holiday Inn with a certain rooftop pool… also in July I posted an early Eastwood signed letter to a fan from March 1962, and reproduced an article on Clint’s memories of being a lifeguard at Fort Ord pool complete with some great photos on his return. To round off July we posted a seldom seen Joe Kidd poster from Greece.
We opened August with a major feature reproduction of Screenwriter David Peoples talks about the lost ending Clint Eastwood cut from Unforgiven and featured a Clint mini season Fox promo from 2004. I also embarked on constructing a picture feature for The Man who loved Cat Dancing Premiere. I also managed to locate a Paramount / Wink Paint Your Wagon colouring competition! Also in August I completed a restoration on NATO’s Male Star of the Year 1971 Rare Warner Bros One Day Advertisement, and a feature on The Fate of the Dirty Harry Trestle.
In September we reported on Clint’s involvement in the Why On Earth Documentary and a small feature on the The Clint Eastwood Youth Program of 1985-86. We also found proof that Paul Newman was to originally star in The Eiger Sanction!
October brought news of a major new French publication, DVDvision le mook Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry (hopefully due out very soon), and I touched again upon the ongoing whispers around Clint at Warner Bros and the lack of a Blu-ray release of Cry Macho in the U.K. all in the post ‘A farewell to Silver Screen Legends?’ I’m not liking this continuing story at all - but feel obliged to keep touching upon it. 
In November I put together an original piece - Peter Tevis Pastures of plenty: The evolution of a theme which looked at the coming together of the Fistful of Dollars theme (A Fistful of Dollars rising to the surface again in 2022…), I also posted some great examples of the  Ennio, il maestro French Grande Posters. 
We opened December with a close look at a Rare Japanese The Good, The Bad and The Ugly LP which was new to most of us. It  was also great to feature our dear friend Sally Stevens again and her book, I Sang That. I also featured some very unusual Magnum Force 'endangered species' ads - which just had to be posted! We came full circle once again with the A Fistful of Dollars 6 sheet poster, one that hardly ever shows its face and sold in auction on Dec 21st. 
In Memoriam:
Sadly, 2022 also saw the passing of some working colleges and co-stars from the Eastwood circle of friends. We said farewell to Mitchell Ryan, Fred Ward, L.Q. Jones, Wolfgang Peterson and Irene Cara – all of whom made the Eastwood light shine so brightly and will be missed dearly.

Finally, Thank you to everyone for your continued support - and especially to my team of correspondents and helpers who do a fabulous job. 

Have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Darren, The Clint Eastwood Archive

Wednesday, 21 December 2022

The Rare A Fistful of Dollars 6 sheet poster!

A Fistful of Dollars 6 sheet poster sells in Auction

I’d been keeping a close eye on this incredibly rare poster for the last couple of weeks, and it finally sold last night with a final price of just over $4,000. The A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS 6 sheet poster (size 81" x 81") dates from the first 1967 U.S. release. This poster combined all of the teaser designs and their taglines - "This short cigar belongs to the man with no name. This long gun belongs to the man with no name. This poncho belongs to the man with no name." and the final design and the introduction to Clint’s iconic character - “This man with no name is played by Clint Eastwood - A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind, it won’t be the last”

It’s a real stunner which combined all of the main elements from the United Artists publicity campaign. Below is an image of the original poster and below that a digitally restored version of the poster which I worked on - just for fun and to present it close to how it would have looked, fresh off the print back in 1967. I have removed the fold lines, the joins in the sheets, the watermark and magnets and some slight creasing to the bottom left of the first panel and finally balanced some of the colour and shading. An absolute beauty of a poster. 

Saturday, 17 December 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #33

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #33

Here’s a rather cool shot I discovered recently which features Clint with film producer and once head of Paramount Picture, Robert Evans. They are pictured here at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967 where they were attending Super Bowl 1. The Green Bay Packers won the game beating Kansas City Chiefs 35 -10. Clint began shooting his first American film Hang 'Em High on June 27th, 1967. A great shot!

Friday, 16 December 2022

Rare Magnum Force 'endangered species' ads

Rare Magnum Force 'endangered species' ads

Here’s a couple of unusual newspaper ads for one of our favourites, Magnum Force (1973). Nothing that unusual about the actual images - however it’s the taglines used that I have never seen before. These ‘held over’ ads (5th Smash Week and 7th Smash Week) obviously meant that Magnum Force was doing great box office business, so perhaps those advertising boys decided to spruce up the tagline. Inspector Harry Callahan was now…
#1 on the list of the Nation’s endangered species! 
It's just a shame they couldn't spell Callahan correctly! You’ve just gotta love vintage advertising! 

Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Sally Stevens: I Sang That, Book (2022)

Sally Stevens: I Sang That, Book (2022)

I SANG THAT… From The Sound of Music to The Simpsons, to South Park and Beyond… 
A Memoir From Hollywood, by Sally Stevens
It’s great to finally see this book available. Sally remains a much cherished friend of the Archive. Her contribution to films such as Dirty Harry, Magnum Force and so many other Eastwood Classics remains pivotal and essential. But of course, there is so much more.

“Sally Stevens’ memoir is just like Sally…elegant, honest and full of music and history. The only thing that could make this book better is if Sally sang it!” 
~Marc Shaiman, Tony and Grammy Awards Winning Film & Theater Composer

“You may not know her name, but you’ve heard her voice a thousand times – in movies, on TV, in commercials and on records. And now Sally Stevens is telling her own story of success in the music business. It’s a colourful, candid and delightful memoir.”
   ~ Jon Burlingame, Music Journalist & author of The Music of James Bond

This book is a personal journey — an inside view into the world of music-makers who create the film scores, television music, sound recordings, commercials and concert evenings the public has enjoyed over the last sixty years.

It’s about a long career that began with concert tours – Ray Conniff, Nat King Cole, and later, solo work in concert with Burt Bacharach. From Variety TV in the sixties — Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, Carol Burnett – to sessions with Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and others in the early days, Sally Stevens’ work eventually expanded into singing and contracting choirs for over a thousand film and television scores for composers John Williams, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman and many others. It’s about thirty years of singing the humorous vocals and celebrity “sound-alikes” along with the main titles for The Simpsons and Family Guy. It’s a visit behind-the-scenes through twenty-two years as Choral Director for the Oscars, with on- and off-camera work on Grammys and Emmys broadcasts.

It’s also the more personal story, a humble background of growing up in a “his, hers and theirs” family in the forties and fifties, and how a shy little girl became a second-generation singer in the ever-evolving music business of Hollywood.

I can’t think of a better stocking filler for Christmas 
Details can be found HERE
Nice Job Sally! 

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Rare Japanese The Good, The Bad and The Ugly LP

Rare Japanese The Good, The Bad and The Ugly LP

I’m constantly surprised by the number of variants that still surface when it comes to vinyl album sleeve designs. 

I recently (purely by accident) stumbled across this lovely album. 

Ennio Morricone and his Orchestra – 続 夕陽のガンマン  The Good,The Bad And The Ugly, is a Japanese first edition from 1967 which came in a gatefold sleeve. It was released on United Artists Records – with the Cat No YS-965-UA, it was also a Stereo recording. It was manufactured and distributed by – Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.

Obviously this is a release that doesn’t surface very often, especially in any great condition - I did however find a sales history on it and discovered its average selling price is around £85, with the most expensive selling for £106. 

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #32

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #32

This month’s Photo Opportunity is something of an oddity. It features Clint with director Brian G. Hutton on location during the shooting of Kelly’s Heroes (1970). Clint is pictured hugging the actress Celia Kaye. Kaye had starred in Hutton’s first movie, the rarely seen Wild Seed which was made for Marlon Brando’s Pennebaker Productions and released through Universal some 5 years earlier in 1965. Kaye didn’t appear in too many other movies, but did marry director John Milius (co writer of Dirty Harry and Magnum Force) on February 26th, 1978. They had one child together and remained friends despite being divorced by 1987. As to why Kaye ended up on the shoot for Kelly’s Heroes, I’m afraid, is something of a mystery. 

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Irene Cara dies aged 63

Irene Cara dies aged 63
We received some sad news today that the Oscar winning singer Irene Cara has died at the age of 63. Cara co-starred in the all star period film City Heat (1984). 

Irene Cara, the Oscar-winning singer of the title tracks to "Fame" and "Flashdance," has died at age 63, her publicist announced late Friday. Cara died in her Florida home of an as yet undisclosed cause. Her publicist confirmed her death to Eyewitness News.
"It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara," publicist Judith A. Moose wrote.

Cara was trained in music, dance and acting as a child and appeared on stage and on television, including appearances on PBS and on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," at a young age in the 1970s.
But she rocketed to fame when she was cast in the 1980 musical "Fame." She was initially cast as a dancer but then had the role of Coco Hernandez written for her and she sang the title track.
She was nominated for two Grammys after "Fame," for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Artist.
She then won a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1984 with the title track to "Flashdance," the film starring Jennifer Beals as an aspiring dancer. Later that same year she appeared in Clint’s City Heat alongside Burt Reynolds, Richard Roundtree, Rip Torn,  Jane Alexander and Madeline Kahn. Cara played talented nightclub singer Ginny Lee who is taken hostage by the film’s head thug and his mob. Cara also appeared on the film’s original soundtrack album performing ‘Embraceable You’ and ‘Get Happy’. 
Cara continued on with her dual career in acting and music, appearing in films and various television shows. She also performed in live theatre and musicals.
"Irene's family has requested privacy as they process their grief," Moose wrote. "She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films."
Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.
                 

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Ennio, il maestro French Grande Poster

Ennio, il maestro French Grande Poster

I thought I’d post this poster here, not just because Clint appears in Giuseppe Tornatore’s superb documentary feature of 2022, but also as it’s simply a beautiful piece of art - for anyone who has the slightest interest in Ennio Morricone or film music in general. 

At 47”x 63" it’s a large beast of a poster, but nevertheless, I ultimately would love to get this one framed and wall mounted. There are a couple of designs, one of which has Morricone in his study with his back to the camera, and this one of him facing the camera, which is my personal favourite. There has also been a ‘quotes’ release which features quotes from the likes of Hans Zimmer, Bruce Springsteen and of course Clint. Because the film had a very limited cinema run, it’s well worth looking out for one as I’m sure they will become very scarce in the future. 

Above: The French Grande Poster 47”x 63"
Below: The 'quotes' version film poster

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Roberta Flack: unable to sing after MND diagnosis

Roberta Flack: Legendary soul singer left unable to sing after MND diagnosis

It was sad to read that Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack has been left unable to sing after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The Killing Me Softly with His Song performer is also having difficulty speaking, her manager said on Monday.

Flack, 85, has won four Grammy awards and received 14 nominations. A documentary about her life is set to premier next week in New York. She also has plans to publish a children's book in January.

In addition to Killing Me Softly - which was later covered by musician Lauryn Hill - Flack is known for songs including The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, which launched her to stardom after it was used in Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me. Speaking to Rhino in 2021, she said, ‘Clint Eastwood has always been a musical visionary among his many talents.  He told me that he heard my version of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" while he was driving down a Los Angeles freeway and had to stop his car.  He called me out of the blue and said, "I'd like to use your song in this movie about a disc jockey with a lot of music in it." He said that he would 'use it in the only part of the movie where there's absolute love." I was floored, then agreed.  He said, "Anything else?" I said, "I want to do it over again.  It's too slow." He said, "No, it's not."  That’s the version of the song that you know, and that gives you a snapshot of his ability to see the beauty in simplicity and to use music to convey emotion.

Her condition - motor neurone disease (MND) - "has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak," her management said in a statement.

"But it will take a lot more than MND to silence this icon," they said, adding that she "plans to stay active in her musical and creative pursuits".

There is no known cure for MND. It is caused by the death of the nerves that carry messages from the brain to people's muscles. It affects their ability to move, talk and even breathe. The timing of Flack's film and book release next year coincide with the 50th anniversary of her fourth album Killing Me Softly With His Song, which was released in 1973.

After the singer suffered a stroke in 2016, she told the Associated Press news agency that wants her songs to be remembered as "classics" and and not just an "old hit".

"I could sing any number of songs that I've recorded through the years, easily, I could sing them, but I'm going to pick those songs that move me," Flack said.

Peter Tevis Pastures of plenty: The evolution of a theme

Peter Tevis Pastures of plenty: The evolution of a theme

Peter Tevis - Pastures of plenty is a track with a genuine, historical story behind it. It was originally written in 1941 by folk legend Woody Guthrie, but its roots date even further back to around 1927 when the song began life as a banjo tune called Pretty Polly. The song is actually a murder ballad, and tells the story of a young woman lured into the forest where she is killed and buried in a shallow grave. 
Guthrie’s lyrics moved away from the darker subject matter, although the tune is still based on the ballad of "Pretty Polly", it was more evocative of the world described in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939). In 1962 American folk singer and part time actor Peter Tevis recorded a version of Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty'' that was arranged by Ennio Morricone. A couple of years later, during a meeting between Morricone and film director Sergio Leone over the music for his forthcoming film, Morricone played a recording of Tevis's Pastures of Plenty. Leone loved the quirky nature of the music, but didn’t take a liking to the vocals. Subsequently, the vocals were dropped and the music became the opening title "Titoli" for A Fistful of Dollars (1964). 
Although the original RCA Tevis single does come up occasionally it does tend to demand a rather hefty asking price, no doubt because of its significance relating to A Fistful of Dollars. The original vocal version was later included on a deluxe CD soundtrack as a bonus track - which really went a long way in filling the much ‘wanted’ gap. I was recently going through my ‘dollar’ singles which encouraged me to look at the record markets again. To my surprise I discovered that the Tevis single was actually re-released on the Trunk Record label in September 2020. After a bit of searching and research, I soon found out that the single quickly sold out and was now out of print - which hardly surprised me. I did notice a few on Ebay, but the prices seem to be climbing quicker than a current energy bill! However, I did manage to get a lucky break and secured one today - courtesy of one of my old North London haunts in Islington who provided me with one for £8.00.
I’m not sure if there was some sort of licensing problem concerning the artwork for the single, as it comes in a clear plastic sleeve with a colour header. Nevertheless, I felt it was still vital and worthy enough for the collection. It was during the research that I also found out that this was a very limited edition, so I doubt that there were a great number pressed. The single also comes with the original 1962 B side, Notte Infinita

                     
               
              
              

Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #31

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #31

For our November Photo Opportunity I thought I’d pull this 70’s picture taken in the kitchen of the Hog’s Breath Inn, Carmel. Clint is pictured tucking into a Dirty Harry burger, one of the regular meals served at the restaurant back in the day. There were a number of photos taken for this shoot which was taken circa 1977. While not visible in this particular shot, Clint’s belt featured the famous, and rather cool Josey Wales buckle which he was wearing regularly around this period. 

Friday, 21 October 2022

A farewell to Silver Screen Legends?

 A farewell to Silver Screen Legends?

I just wanted to put a little something together in regards to a story that broke earlier in the year, and in regards to David Zaslav who became Chief Executive Officer and President of Warner Bros. David Zaslav immediately turned heads right out the gate, chastising executives over green lighting Clint’s neo-Western Cry Macho. 

Warner Bros. executives conceded they had doubted the movie would turn a profit, people familiar with the meeting said. Why, Mr. Zaslav asked, was ‘Cry Macho’ made if they had reservations? When they replied that Mr. Eastwood had given the studio many hits and never delivered a movie late or over budget, he answered: We don’t owe anyone any favours. ‘It’s not show friends, it’s show business,’ he told them.
Yes, making tough calls is why Zaslav was placed in the top seat. But aiming his fire at Eastwood, of all people, strikes numerous industry observers as odd and rather short-sighted. Whilst it’s not my thing, the entire scrapping of the Batgirl project still baffles me - I thought superhero cinema was still in favour? 
But lately, people have aired their opinions to me, and the general feeling seems to be one and the same - let him do what he does best. I doubt very much that Clint has too many projects left before giving it up completely and retiring, and (considering his track record) the chances are whatever he chooses to do will probably turn a profit. 
But I just wonder if Clint is having second thoughts? It’s been a while, and still there is no word of any new project. And of course, it was only last month that legendary actor/ director Woody Allen announced that his latest film (currently in production) will indeed be his last before retiring. I just wonder if the business has changed to such an extent that the entire process of film-making has simply become far less ‘appealing’, even to such seasoned directors as Eastwood and Allen. 
It was heavily rumoured that Clint had pitched a new movie to the Zaslav-headed Warners and was quickly rejected. It was further rumoured that a leaked conference call implied that, despite their five-decade allegiance to Clint, Warners actually didn’t owe him any favours. 
Eastwood has been making movies with Warners for over 50 years now and it’s proven to be one of the most trust-worthy and long-lasting director/studio partnerships in the industry. But I have to say, it’s the attitude of the suites that have really shifted the dynamics. If this is what it’s become, I’d say take the business elsewhere. I still have enough faith and truly believe that many other studios would be only too pleased to pick up an Eastwood project and run with it. 
But I’m seriously wondering if Clint, at this stage of his life, has finally had enough - does he really need it? If that is the case, then I’d suggest walking away from it and enjoy your time on the golf course. 
I really wouldn’t blame him at all. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

DVDvision le mook Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry

 

DVDvision le mook Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry

We are very happy to announce that The Clint Eastwood Archive will be contributing and working with the upcoming DVDvision le mook Clint Eastwood & Dirty Harry.
This promises to be a very high quality publication with French text and 132 pages. 
Being familiar with DVDvision’s previous publication devoted to the Mad Max movies, I felt incredibly honoured to be asked to be part of their next project. 
For more information and pre-orders, follow the link HERE - Go ahead, make your Day. 

Friday, 7 October 2022

A Little something for the weekend...

A Little something for the weekend...

A few of us found this little slice of vintage humour rather amusing. Kind thanks to our friend Lee Pfeiffer for kick-starting our weekend.


  

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #30

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #30

For the month of October our Photo Opportunity features a rarely seen shot of Clint with co-star Vonetta McGee, disusing the script during the filming of The Eiger Sanction (1975) while on location in Switzerland. 

McGee landed her first role alongside Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski in Sergio Corbucci's Spaghetti Western The Great Silence (1968), and made her first released film appearance that same year as the eponymous character in the Italian comedy Faustina, which was released before the former film. She later became well known for her parts in the 1972 Blaxploitation films Melinda and Hammer. In the action thriller Shaft in Africa (1973), McGee took the role of Aleme, the daughter of an emir, who teaches John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) Ethiopian geography. Earlier that year she had appeared in a supporting role as an occult priestess in The Norliss Tapes. In 1974, McGee appeared as Thomasine, alongside Max Julien as Bushrod, in the western action film Thomasine & Bushrod, which was intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The next year, she starred alongside Clint in the action thriller The Eiger Sanction (1975). She also appeared in an episode of the TV series Starsky & Hutch named "Black and Blue" in 1979.

McGee died of cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010, at the age of 65.

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Paul Newman to star in The Eiger Sanction

Paul Newman to star in The Eiger Sanction

Well here’s an interesting little snippet spotted by our good friend Richard DuVal. Richard spotted this recently in an old trade paper and indicated that Paul Newman was at some point very interested in playing the role of Dr. Jonathan Hemlock in The Eiger Sanction. I’m not sure why Newman didn’t follow this through or why he changed his plans? However, I’m certainly glad that Clint picked it up. I still think it remains a great movie from his 70’s body of work.  

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

The Clint Eastwood Youth Program

The Clint Eastwood Youth Program

Our U.S. correspondent Kevin Walsh very kindly sent me this rare postcard. The card was sent out to encourage year-end (tax deductible) gift donating at the end of 1986. So, the best I can date this is circa 1985-86? Unfortunately, I found very little in regards to the Youth Program on the internet. 

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula ’s Clint Eastwood Youth Program provides a structured program to treat drug and alcohol abuse as well as mental health problems for adolescents, 12 to 18 years old.

Help for Teenagers

The staff of the Clint Eastwood Youth Program is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to meet the individual needs of teenagers.

Our multidisciplinary treatment team consists of adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and chemical dependency counselors. Our approach allows us to address the complexities of teenage problems and give families the support and care needed during times of difficulty.

Our goal is to provide a balance of structure, guidance, and responsibility along with understanding and warmth.

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #29

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #29

I’ll be attempting to add a new Photo Opportunity post on a more regular basis from here on, at least one a month. There are so many great photos on file - and they really should be seen. Here’s a great shot of Clint relaxing, and believed to have been taken circa 1976 during The Outlaw Josey Wales. A nice and seldom seen photo, that came from a 35mm transparency slide. 

Why On Earth Documentary

Clint Eastwood Endorses Plant-Based Diets In New Wildlife Documentary. Celebrated director Clint Eastwood appears in new documentary Why On Earth
Clint Eastwood has discussed the benefits of plant-based diets, saying that they “effect positive changes for the wellbeing of animals and people.”

The actor and director, who is known for his work on a number of popular Westerns, also spoke about his love of animals in the new wildlife documentary Why On Earth.


He said: “I’m an animal person, I appreciate the beauty of them. I just like to see everything live.”

Why On Earth explores the connection between humans, animals, and the planet. It covers topics like palm oil-related deforestation, trophy hunting, poaching, and the animal agriculture industry.

The film comes from conservationist filmmaker Katie Cleary, who recently said that viewers will see the “compassionate side” of Eastwood.

“He takes us through the whole process. He’s incredible. He’s a huge animal lover,” she told Fox News. “So, this film really just brings out an amazing side to him that maybe a lot of people haven’t seen, which is that compassionate side, especially for animals.”

Clint Eastwood’s animal advocacy 
Cleary met Eastwood through his daughter Alison Eastwood, who co-founded the animal welfare and rescue organization Eastwood Ranch.

Eastwood states on the website that her love of animals was “instilled in her by her family.”

As well as rescuing animals from shelters, the ranch aims to help reduce pet overpopulation and increase adoptions through campaigns, events, education, spay/neuter programs, and rescue partnerships.
Clint Eastwood filmed scenes from Why On Earth on the ranch, which Cleary described as “amazing.”
She added: “Just seeing his stomping grounds and, you know, just he’s surrounded in nature, and he’s just an amazing person. He just has such a big heart.”
Why On Earth is available to stream on platforms like Amazon and iTunes.
My thanks to Dave Turner 

Thursday, 18 August 2022

The Fate of the Dirty Harry Trestle

The Fate of the Dirty Harry Trestle
Fans of the original Dirty Harry (1971) have always had a certain ‘fascination’ with the trestle or the ‘Dirty Harry Bridge’ as it has widely come to be known.  It was featured of course during the climax of the film when Harry makes the jump from the trestle onto the school bus.

A few months ago, our U.S. correspondent Kevin Walsh sent me a couple of pieces which centred on the dismantling of the trestle and a picture illustrating one of the many protests that took place in an attempt to stop the removal of this historic and iconic landmark. The issue of the trestle removal was brought to a head in June 2003 when the bridge was damaged by a tractor trailer carrying a mounted crane. The crane was a load too high to pass under the structure. It struck and damaged the main beam on a section of the wooden trestle. The City of Larkspur declared the damaged bridge a hazard to public safety, determined it could not be repaired, and ordered it removed. 

Above: Removal of 100 feet of the trestle was completed in August 2003 despite significant protests by bicyclists and others.
The replacement for the trestle (below) is an upscale bicycle and pedestrian bridge that cost $13 million. The contemporary, unadorned steel bridge is notable for its long unsupported centre span as well as a lack of any reference to the site’s railroad heritage.
It was some 19 years ago that we (a group of Eastwood fans) became aware that the famous Dirty Harry Trestle was going to be demolished for good. A good few of us felt that this was a great tragedy as it really remained an important landmark. So some of us worked with a local friend in order to save the section of the rail from which Clint jumped onto the school bus. It was all worked out perfectly (geographically) - it was studied and researched as to which lane the bus was travelling and from there worked out exactly which portion of the rail track Clint was standing on to leap onto the bus. Working with the construction company that was dismantling the trestle the piece was measured and a form of 'laser cutting' process was used to cleanly cut it into sections. What we were left with was a nice, unusual piece of nostalgia. Yes, essentially, it’s just a heavy piece of steel, but something I have never regretted owning. In fact, I look at it on my window seal every day and still love it, knowing the history and relevance behind it. If anything, it certainly makes for a perfect conversation piece.  
In February 1976, a fan and a group of his friends made the pilgrimage to the famous location, but not before making their own Dirty Harry cut-out! Like a lot of fans, they also worked out a position and proceeded to climb the trestle and nail their own Dirty Harry tribute to the famous landmark.