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Sunglasses in the movies: Dirty Harry

Posted by James on 3rd Nov 2014

In this look at sunglasses in the movies, it's time to check out Harry Callahan, also known as Dirty Harry. The Dirty Harry franchise ran from 1971 to 1987. There were 5 movies in total, all starring Clint Eastwood in the main role.

Ray Ban Balorama

Although Dirty Harry wore a number of different sunglasses in the movies, none caught the public's imagination more than the Ray Ban Balorama's he wore in Magnum Force (see above). For those who don't know, that's Dirty Harry on the left. Lovers of 1970's cop shows will also recognize the guy on the right as David Soul, from Starsky and Hutch.

The Ray Ban Balorama sunglasses were created by the design team at Bausch and Lomb. Although better known today for their eye health products, Bausch and Lomb were the original creators of the Ray Ban brand. 

As Dirty Harry worked for California's San Francisco Police Department, sunglasses were always going to be an essential part of his image. In an era before product placement in movies was established, Clint Eastwood was able to choose his own favorite sunglasses for the movie. It's hard to imagine that happening today.

Do ya feel lucky, punk?

Interestingly, the most famous quote from the entire 5 movie franchise was never actually said! The quote "do you feel lucky, punk", was misquoted. Here's the actual quote:

"I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?"

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Photo credit: Warner Brothers