Vijftig jaar geleden ging “Play Misty for me” in première, het debuut van Clint Eastwood als regisseur.

When Clint Eastwood told Universal Pictures executive Lew Wasserman that he wanted to direct this movie, Wasserman agreed immediately. Then, as Eastwood and his agent were walking down the hall, Wasserman called the agent back into his office. In exchange for letting Eastwood direct, they wanted to pay him less than his regular salary under his three-movie deal. Eastwood understood, given that he was a first-time director. In the end, he made the movie for a percentage of the gross.

The movie is about the life of a disc jockey that is turned upside down after a romantic encounter with an obsessed fan. Clint Eastwood had an experience similar to this in real life about 21 years earlier, c. 1950, when an ex-girlfriend stalked him and threatened to commit suicide after he broke up with her.

Clint Eastwood obtained the rights to the song “Misty” after he saw Erroll Garner perform at the Concord Music Festival in 1970. Eastwood also paid $2,000 for the use of the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. (The Internet Movie Database)

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