Clint not so rowdy but still tough

CRY MACHO
Clint Eastwood and Eduardo Minett in ‘Cry Macho’

Clint Eastwood at 91 is a role model for many old timers. They may not be as famous as him, but goddammit, they sure want to be kicking ass when they’re 91.

The old cowboy’s latest film ‘Cry Macho,’ which he directed, stars in and produced, will be in theaters September 17.

The movie is an adaptation of a 1975 novel by N. Richard Nash. Clint plays an ex-rodeo star and horse breeder named Miko whose former boss asks him to drive to Mexico and save his son from an alcoholic mother and a dangerous bunch of hombres.

MOVIE LOGOMiko heads down there in his van, rescues the boy and they drive across rural Mexico on their way back to Texas.

Traveling with the young boy is a challenge for hard bitten, world weary Miko as he tries to tell the boy the most important thing in life is to be a decent human being. In the process he comes to his own sense of what life is all about.

There have been several past attempts to turn Nash’s novel into a movie, with Burt Lancaster, Roy Scheider, Pierce Brosnan and Arnold Schwarzenegger variously interested in playing the leading role.

Clint Eastwood is the only one who put it all together. The story of a crusty old timer telling a young lad how to live right and not make the same mistakes he did may sound like familiar territory, but with Clint Eastwood behind the wheel, the film becomes an adventure on the road to redemption. If you liked Clint’s 2018 drug dealer thriller ‘The Mule’ you’ll like ‘Cry Macho.’


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Clint we know about but what about the trail boss?

HEAD ‘EM UP, MOVE ‘EM OUT!

The TV series Rawhide premiered on this day, January 9, in 1959, and ran until 1965.

The world knows about Clint Eastwood, but not everyone knows the fate of Rawhide trail boss Eric Fleming.

DEATH IN THE JUNGLE

After Rawhide, Eric Fleming appeared in episodes of the cowboy show Bonanza. He also acted in the 1966 comedy The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day.

But then he took a fateful flight to Peru to film a TV movie called High Jungle deep in the Amazonian river basin, mostly inaccessible to outsiders.

“Deadly snakes, hordes of mosquitoes, ants two inches long and around the clock humidity were a constant menace,” his costar Nico Minardos later recalled.

“Eric had been living in semi-retirement in Hawaii and this was to be his comeback in Hollywood.”

SEPTEMBER 28, 1966

Fleming and Minardos were about to film a scene on the river inside a dugout canoe. Threatening storm clouds loomed overhead and the crew scrambled to get the shot.

TRAGEDY WOULD ENSUE

Eric said to Nico, “Nico, now or never!”

And down the river they went. The two actors were holding onto the sides of the canoe as it was carried along by the strong current. Suddenly, the canoe “bolted into a cauldron of rapids,” Nico said.

The canoe overturned. Fleming was swept away by the current and drowned. Minardos managed to swim to safety. Fleming was only 41, leaving behind his fiancé Lynne Garber.

Prints of High Jungle are lost, but photographs remain.

Read the harrowing account of Eric Fleming’s death as written by Nico Minardos in his DIARY.


The scout in Rawhide

Shelby “ShebWooley, who played the scout in Rawhide, also acted in the film High Noon and in Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Jose Wales. He was also a singer, best known for his 1958 hit The Purple People Eater. He died September 16, 2003 at the age of 82.


WISHBONE IN RAWHIDE

Paul Brinegar, who played the cook Wishbone in Rawhide, acted in more than 100 Western films between 1946 and 1994, usually playing playing feisty sidekicks. He died on March 27, 1995 at the age of 77.


RAWHIDE THEME SONG

Frankie Laine, the powerful voice singing the iconic Rawhide theme — which went to No. 6 on the charts — lived to the good age of 93, dying on February 6, 2007.


They were all great , but tough guy Clint, who will be 90 on May 31, is in a class by himself.