Dirty Harry oddity right at the very end

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    Red face Dirty Harry oddity right at the very end

    I just watched Dirty Harry (the original, with the ransom killer guy).

    At the end, when he rides the bus to the quarry and shoots the guy and the guy falls into the water, I noticed something strange.

    Although Harry shoots right-handed, when he takes his "star" (that funny looking cardboard-like badge in his wallet) and throws it out into the water, he whips it out there using his LEFT hand!

    What do you make of that? Does Clint Eastwood normally throw lefty? Which way does he box in those "Any Which Way" movies?

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    Don't know for sure, but it doesn't mean he's a righty or a southpaw.

    For the longest time I shot with my weak arm and I still shoot pool with my weak hand, even though I write with my strong arm.

    If I were chucking a badge in the water, especially if I had a .44 in my strong arm I probably would just chuck it with my weak arm.

    Then there is the chance that the negative was reversed, much like the Billy the Kid tin type was.
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    I hadn't noticed that before.

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    I believe Clint's naturally a lefty - noticed it in several movies - but, like most lefties, he's been forced to live in a right-handed world and even may have been 'cured' as a youngster. That was much more common for his generation than for today's.
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    No, he is just Dirty Harry, properly schooled and trained in the art of gun fighting. He knows that one should never have anything in his shootin hand except his pistol.
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    Sixto beat me to it.

    You "show" your badge with your left hand while pointing your gun at whoever with your right. Clint did it right.

    It wouldnt make sense to have your badge in a spot where you had to engage your gun hand with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotaranger View Post
    Don't know for sure, but it doesn't mean he's a righty or a southpaw.

    For the longest time I shot with my weak arm and I still shoot pool with my weak hand, even though I write with my strong arm.

    If I were chucking a badge in the water, especially if I had a .44 in my strong arm I probably would just chuck it with my weak arm.

    Then there is the chance that the negative was reversed, much like the Billy the Kid tin type was.
    I myself do just about everything "righty": shoot, fight, snowboard, kick a ball, use a hockey stick, etc. But I write with my left hand, and always have. I shoot pool lefty, but I can make shots righty if necessary.

    As for the negative being reversed, I watched for that, but the fact is that they show a closeup of the left hand taking the "badge" out of the wallet, and you can read the badge as normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Sixto beat me to it.

    You "show" your badge with your left hand while pointing your gun at whoever with your right. Clint did it right.

    It wouldnt make sense to have your badge in a spot where you had to engage your gun hand with it.

    Yes, but we are talking about a scene in which he has already killed the bad guy, I don't know but he might have reholstered the gun (I'd have to check the scene again), and he has decided to throw the badge. It was not something he was doing during a dynamic entry or something -- I see the obvious reasons why you wouldn't use your gun hand for that!

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    In most movies he seems to always punch with his left hand and shoot with his right.

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    Hey, it's the movies...he could probably throw it with his foot...

    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous though...

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