Clint Eastwood turns 81 today. Before Rowdy Yates, before the Man With No Name, before Dirty Harry, before the Oscar-winning director and all that, he was Tom in Star In The Dust (1956), a Universal Western starring John Agar. It was a part with no credit, but it had dialogue (more lines than he had in Revenge Of The Creature the year before).
Making these pictures in the last days of the studio system, working with directors like Jack Arnold (and later Don Siegel), helped Eastwood become the film-maker we celebrate today. Star In The Dust is hard to track down, and Eastwood might like it that way, but it’s a cool little film — like most Universal Westerns.