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« on: October 13, 2006, 04:37:42 PM »

I am reading Knapp's "Directed By Clint Eastwood" book -didn't even have to buy it, I found it at the university library  8)

In the chapter "Don Siegel and Dirty Harry" on page 45 there's this part about Play Misty For Me:

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"The old master's last scene is a coy benediction - Murphy (i.e. Siegel) flashes a middle finger & then quickly substitutes it for a peace sign"

Am I the only one who missed that?  :o
Does anyone have a screencap?
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 04:51:27 PM »

Woah.  I never noticed anything like that. ???
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 07:59:09 PM »

There ya go - the master caught red handed:






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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 11:25:43 PM »

Thanks a lot, Agent  8)

I had never noticed  :o

So if I get this right, it was not really Murphy to Dave, but rather Siegel to Eastwood, right?
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2006, 07:57:20 AM »

No, I believe it was part of the script. As soon as Murphy (Siegel) relays a message to Dave (Eastwood) from Madge Brenner, Dave thanks him and Murphy replies (while giving him the double hand sign), "Don't mention it -  you don't know how thrilled I am to be your social secretary." Just jokingly chiding one another.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2006, 02:00:04 PM »

No, I believe it was part of the script.
I don't know.

Here's Knapp's whole quote:

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"Siegel gladly sponsored Eastwood's Director's Guild Membership and appeared for the first time on-screen as Murphy the bartender in Play Misty For Me. As a symbolic gesture, Siegel switched places with Eastwood, taking direction from the star once assisted. Siegel's role as Eastwood's mentor and coach is acknowledged and then gracefully phased out. The old master's last scene is a coy benediction -Murphy (i.e., Siegel) flashes a middle finger and then quickly substitutes it for a peace sign."

It could have been a nod, too. Siegel's way of wishing Eastwood good luck  ;D
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