The true reason why Audie Murphy did not antagonize Clint Eastwood in ‘Dirty Harry’

A 1961 publicity still for “Whispering Smith,” Audie Murphy’s sole TV series, was taken on his 848-acre ranch situated seven miles south of Perris in Southern California. Designed to stable as many as 30 quarter horses, including this magnificent palomino, Murphy often spent his weekends at the remote getaway. The Technicolor wool coat was designed by renowned celebrity tailor Nudie Cohn. Image Credit: NBCUniversal / eBay

“Audie Murphy read the Dirty Harry script and told his eldest son Terry that he couldn’t do it as the role of Scorpio would have blown his image wide open.” So goes Robert Nott’s 2015 tome Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy.

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