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“Dirty” Harry Callahan in American Popular Culture

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Chapter six moves beyond politics to focus on other manifestations of Dirty Harry Callahan in American popular culture, thus revealing the extent to which Callahan’s influence continues to be felt ... More


Any Which Way He Can: From Misty and Harry to High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales

David Sterritt

in The Cinema of Clint Eastwood: Chronicles of America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172011
eISBN:
9780231850711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the films that Clint Eastwood directed and starred in from the 1970s to early 1980s. His directorial debut Play Misty for Me (1971) features a California disc jockey who is ... More


Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Joe Street

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This book positions the Dirty Harry film series as a key agent and index of the American conservative backlash against 1960s liberalism. The San Francisco–based series cemented Clint Eastwood and his ... More


The Roots of Dirty Harry

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter places Dirty Harry in its cultural, political, and social context. It traces the development of detective films and screen violence amid the gradual decline of the Production Code. It ... More


Dirty Harry: San Francisco in the Nixon Era

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter pays particular attention to Dirty Harry’s representation of key themes discussed in the previous chapter, arguing that the film presents a refraction of San Francisco’s contemporary ... More


Dirty Harry’s Sequels and the Backlash

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter evaluates the attempt of the Dirty Harry sequels to position Callahan as a bulwark of moderation. The chapter highlights certain key themes that run through the four Dirty Harry sequels: ... More


Introduction: Why Dirty Harry Matters

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This is a short introduction to the key themes of the book: the Dirty Harry films, and their relationship to their location, San Francisco; Clint Eastwood’s career; and conservative politics. It ... More


Callahan’s Legacy

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Despite his attempt to separate his life from his Dirty Harry screen persona, Eastwood remains unable to escape Callahan’s shadow. Eastwood’s later roles, often as a laconic outsider or law ... More


Redeeming the Lost War: Backlash Films and the Rise of the Punitive State

Lary May

in Punishment in Popular Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479861958
eISBN:
9781479878680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479861958.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

The first chapter, by Lary May, begins with the familiar observation about the dramatic rise in punitiveness in late-twentieth-century America and contends that turning to popular movies offers a ... More


Before Dirty Harry: Making Clint Eastwood

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The first chapter places the dominant creative individual of the films in context, tracing Eastwood’s rise as an actor during the 1960s and examining the development of his screen persona. The ... More


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