Though shot as the final installment of the Leone/ Eastwood "spaghetti western" trilogy, this film was the prequel of the previous two films. Beginning with 10 minutes of film with no dialogue, this tale of the man with no name was destined to be a classic of international cinema. Clint Eastwood, star of TVs "Rawhide," took these roles offered to him by Leone since no studio would hire him for feature work. The studios felt that no one would pay to see an actor they could see for free. Eastwood, in collaboration with Leone, would create a character that would establish his stardom for the next half century.