Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Frank Sinatra is Dirty Harry

An advance advertising poster for the famous 1971 film, placed in the trade press during 1970.

Sinatra was set to play the role but had to pull out allegedly because he had difficulty holding the most powerful handgun in the world, having broken his wrist in 1962 during the filming of a fight scene with Henry Silva in The Manchurian Candidate in 1962.

Warner Brothers wanted Sidney Pollack or Irvin Kershner to direct, but eventually went for Kershner, who left the project when Sinatra was no longer attached to the role.

Before Eastwood got the role, Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, George C. Scott and Steve McQueen were considered.

Rumours that Richard Wattis auditioned for it have never been proven.

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