Wednesday 28 June 2023
Sunday 25 June 2023
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot / Mr. Majestyk rare drive in Ad
Here’s a great little piece of nostalgia passed on to me (with thanks) from friend of the Archive, Jayne Smart. It’s an ad for the Knoxville Drive-In, which use to be located at 128 Forrest Park Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37919. Thunderbolt & Lightfoot and Mr. Majestyk were both released thru United Artists, and both were 1974 productions. So, I guess the people at U/A wasted very little time in doubling up (and ramping up) the testosterone levels by creating a local Eastwood vs Bronson ‘All action show’ publicity campaign. I’m pretty confident we could had gathered a ‘carload’ of friends together and happily handed over our $2.00 for the privilege of watching these two great movies in one show.
The Knoxville Drive-In was opened on August 11th, 1948 and closed on September 28th, 1980.
Monday 5 June 2023
Thursday 1 June 2023
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #38
June already? How did that happen? We kick off the month of June with another interesting Photo Opportunity. There isn’t too much information behind this one, regardless of possible clues. The lady to the right of Clint is of course the legendary musician Roberta Flack. Flack is famous (among Clint circles) for providing the wonderful ‘The First time ever I saw your face’ which Clint picked up after hearing it on the car radio while driving home in Carmel. Clint thought it was perfect for the love scene with Donna Mills for Play Misty for Me (1971) and the rest is history.
However, it’s often forgotten that Clint used Flack again in the fourth Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact (1983) where she recorded the song, This Side of Forever (music by Lalo Schifrin, Lyrics by DeWayne Blackwell). It was the first time that lyrics had been added to the familiar Dirty Harry theme/melody. Clint is also clearly seen wearing a Firefox (1982) T-shirt, so this is all loosely from that same time period. It’s not sure if this was just a chance meeting, or alternatively perhaps a very early pre-production meeting for the ‘Dirty Harry 4’ project?
One thing is for certain, you don’t often see a picture of Clint and Roberta together, and that alone makes this the perfect candidate for our June Photo Opportunity.