Sunday, February 1, 2015

Actor: Clint Eastwood

1959 Rawhide: Incident of the Tumbleweed

There are eight seasons and at least 216 episodes of Rawhide  This is the first.  We are presented to trail hand Rowdy (Clint Eastwood) and Trail Boss Gil Favor (Eric Fleming.)  In this episode, tumbleweed refers to a prison wagon that they run into along the trail.  There are seven prisoners inside, one of them being the girlfriend of a notorious outlaw, and also a couple of his gang. 
This episode was entertaining.  I didn't watch Rawhide as a youth. However this film had plenty of action, and the prison wagon was very interesting the way it was portrayed.  Very enjoyable.

Movie Review: 1966 ****The Good the Bad and the Ugly
This movie is a classic Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western.  This pits three con-men style bandits against each other and thus the title has three characters.  This provides a vehicle for one of the classic three-way gun fights.  Seems like Tuco (Ugly) is always yelling for Blondie (Eastwood), and this is how the movie ends.  Great fun.  There is an R rated  version.  However no inappropriate sex,  but there is violence.

1976 ****The Outlaw Josey Wales  This film again is Eastwood at his best.  It isa post Civil War film, and pits Eastwood against Indians and against the federal government as they try to bring him in after the war.  Chief Dan George plays a special part in this film.

1969  Musical Movie Review: ***Paint Your Wagon 
This is not your blockbuster musical, but it does have its interesting parts.  This is a Lerner and Loewe musical (Alan Jay Lerner book and Frederick Loewe music).   Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood star as partners (Ben Rumson and Pardner) in the gold business, and then they take on a third partner, as Rumson buys a wife (Jean Seberg) from a Mormon polygamist. 

1970  ***^Two Mules for Sister Sara:
Maclaine stars as Sister Sara and Clint Eastwood as Hogan.  This is set around the French invasion of Mexico, and the repulse by the Mexicans.  (See Cinco de Mayo which was in 1862.)  It is a Sergio Leone film and has that feel.  MacLaine starts as a nun, but in reality is much different.  They face the French with a group of Mexican soldiers.

1972 ***^Joe Kidd
Classic Clint Eastwood in his roll as the competent cowboy.  He is hired to go after a man, but in the end sees things differently and goes after the man who hired him.

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