Go Ahead, Make My Day! week starts at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing Don Siegel’s iconic ’70s vigilante classic “Dirty Harry,” starring — who else? — Clint Eastwood.
The odd conglomeration of names involved in the inception of
what became Clint Eastwood’s signature movie include John Wayne, Frank Sinatra,
Irvin Kershner, Terence Malick and John Milius. The first two, along with
Robert Mitchum and Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, turned down the role while
the others were among the writers of numerous drafts, many set in New York
rather than San Francisco. Bouncing from studio to studio, it almost ended up a
tv movie for ABC! When Eastwood was approached he insisted on returning to the
first draft and hiring Don Siegel to direct, as they had enjoyed working
together on the offbeat flop The Beguiled.