Dirty Harry at 50

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) We will not see his like anytime soon.

 Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor — by instinct, by inevitability, without the thought of it, and certainly without saying it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S o wrote Raymond Chandler in a 1944 Atlantic Monthly essay, “The Simple Art of Murder,” in which he defended the

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