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Malpaso Productions

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Malpaso Productions, originally known as The Malpaso Company, is Clint Eastwood's production company.[1] It was established in 1967 by Eastwood's financial adviser Irving Leonard for the film Hang 'Em High, using profits from the Dollars Trilogy. Leonard served as President of the Malpaso Company until his death on December 13, 1969.

Malpaso Productions
Industry Film
Founder Clint Eastwood
Irving Leonard
Headquarters United States, Burbank, California
Key people
Clint Eastwood
Robert Lorenz
David Valdes
Fritz Manes
Robert Daley
Keith Dillin
Products Motion pictures
Services Film production



The name is derived from Malpaso Creek (Spanish for "bad step", or "bad crossing"), located south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where Eastwood has spent much of his life. The creek has very steep side slopes and had only one crossing (a ford only 10 feet above sea level) until 1935, when a concrete bridge was constructed for State Highway 1. When Eastwood agreed to take the role of the Man with No Name, his agent told him that it would be a "bad step" for his career. After the Dollars Trilogy made it big and Eastwood decided to run his own production company, he thought "Malpaso" would be an appropriately ironic choice.[2]

Eastwood is known for very tight shooting schedules, finishing his movies on schedule and on budget, or earlier and under budget, typically in much less time than most production companies.[3]


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  1. ^ "Clint Eastwood". Variety. 
  2. ^ "Clint Eastwood". The Biography Channel. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ Edward Buscombe (1999). The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press. pp. 472–473. 

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