I posted about women’s hats in silent film a while back and received several requests for the same coverage of men’s headgear. So, here we are!
As with the women’s edition, I will be focusing on American and European styles that were reasonably modern for their day. (No super historical hats, in other words, because that is a whole other subject.) I will also be avoiding the iconic boaters, bowlers and pork pie hats belonging to comedians as this post is more about general style. This pictorial post is by no means exhaustive, just a few highlights for you to enjoy.
Let’s get started!
The silk top hat is a swanky bit of old school class and John Barrymore absolutely slays whenever he wears one. Here he is in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with his full formal regalia. (The film is technically historical but how could I leave out Barrymore in a top hat?)
Now we’ll abruptly shift gears to appreciate Hobart Bosworth’s captain’s cap. Bosworth specialized in nautical films (he claimed to have had a stint on a whaling ship in his youth) and he wears it well. This is from Below the Surface, a deep sea potboiler with some of the finest underwater corpses you’ll see this side of Night of the Hunter.
Fur caps two ways! This is from Chess Fever, in which a policeman and a fugitive find themselves addicted to a tiny magnetic chess set. Given the cold and dreary winter in my part of California, I think I would like to borrow one or both of these hats.
This post wouldn’t be complete without something in straw and here is Igor Ilyinsky in the 1926 Soviet serial Miss Mend. Ilyinsky plays an American clerk who finds more adventure than he bargained for when he ends up saving communism from a capitalist plot. (Told you it was Soviet.)