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‘Gangster Squad’ Hat Round-Up

Submitted by on January 12, 2013 – 11:33 pm 2 Comments

Opening this weekend is the pulse-pounding crime thriller ÔÇ£Gangster Squad.ÔÇØ In it a group of hard-nosed L.A. cops go deep undercover to take out the local mob boss Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn. That group is led by the actors Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. And while the movie plays fast and loose with the real events, there is no denying the action or a slinky Emma Stone as the romantic lead.

Lushly set in 1949, the number one thing you can count on is the phenomenal wardrobe loaded with hats. If you especially like teardrop crowns for your fedoras, this movie will really trip your trigger.

Brolin leads the way for the good guys, and heÔÇÖs as square jawed as Dick Tracy in the comic books. His hat of choice, however, is not banana yellow. His is a classic teardrop crown design where the crown is highest at the pinch and swoops down in the back as the teardrop rounds out. The Biltmore Ark hats that we carry are the same cut, if not color of BrolinÔÇÖs topper. If you want the color and donÔÇÖt mind a more general teardrop crown design, BiltmoreÔÇÖs Eleganza in ÔÇ£butterscotchÔÇØ is a close match.

The police detective played by Ryan Gosling seems to have a new hat for every suit he wears in the film. Yet, the hat he probably wears most is a grey Stetson Downs. It has a narrower hat band and a teardrop crown.

Critics agree that Sean Penn as the villainous mob boss Mickey Cohen is truly sinister. His hat of choice in the film is a grey one with a center dent crown. The brim is worn up, which was done more frequently in the 1940s than it seems to be done today. Our best contender for that hat is the Stetson Temple, with its center dent crown and snap brim.

Breaking with the more formal wear hat designs is the character played by Robert Patrick. His hat is still a fedora, but it borrows a touch from the western tradition. Far from a cowboy hat, its skinny leather hat band and overall design plays a little more ruggedly and rural. A match for his hat is the Stetson Roadster. The RoadsterÔÇÖs snap brim might be a little smaller, but the walnut colored fur felt, skinny leather hat band and overall design is a pretty close match.

If there are other hats you want to match from the movies or TV, always feel free to write to us and ask.

In the meantime, see you at the movies.

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