Friday, February 01, 2008

DIRTY HARRY is on the Sleuth channel right now

They just don't make movies like this anymore...

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head cleeeeen off, you've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

Sometimes on the playground when I was a kid, we would do imitations of "Dirty" Harry's speech. Yeah, it was a weird childhood...

In spite of his methods, you had to respect Inspector Callahan for how incorruptible he was. In his world there was absolute good and real evil, and the law didn't have to come in the way of that.

Does anyone else remember that song about "Dirty" Harry that was big for awhile, about 25 years ago? I heard it on the radio a bunch of times: part of it was Clint Eastwood's classic line from Sudden Impact: "Go ahead, make my day." That was about the same time that they were making songs of just about everything else, from the Three Stooges ("The Curly Shuffle") to that lady from the Wendy's commercials who asked "Where's the beef?"

What kind of actors do we have anymore who are anything like Clint Eastwood? Or Steve McQueen or Lee Marvin, or a lot of those other guys? I don't know if my own generation has anyone like that. Darn shame...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, I dont have the Sleuth Channel, but I've seen Dirty Harry dozens of times. Enough to have it practically memorized.

First time I ever saw that movie was back when I was a teenager in the early-mid 80s. (I cant recall the exact year). It was in a movie theater in Manhattan that ran not newly released films, but had double features of all sorts of old films. For example, I also saw at that same theater a double feature of Blackboard Jungle (1955) and Class of 1984 (1982) I forget what movie they paired Dirty Harry with.

Chad said...

I remember that song! It went something like this, "Oh I love to hear him say, 'Go ahead make my day'" and the other line I remember is "He just fired his gun and then there were none." I think I may have this somewhere on cassette tape or 45.