Thirty-two years ago this month — June 12th to be exact — George Lucas and Steven Spielberg teamed up and gave movie fans all across the globe something to really cheer about: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Harrison Ford, playing the matinee idol-like university professor-archeologist-treasure hunter, armed with a bullwhip and sporting a wide-brim hat, flew into action against the Nazi’s in search of the Ark of the Covenant.
Indiana returned to the big screen three more times bringing in a global sum at the box office of just under $2B (USD); and, that doesn’t take into account a TV series spinoff or all of the collective merchandising of the Indie brand.
Victorious in all of his adventures, independent Indie was great at knocking off the bad guys, usually with one hand, or both, tied behind his back, and bringing home the bacon; but, it was Dr. Jones’ hat that really stole the show.
Admit it, Ford was the perfect guy for the action-hero role, but it was that battered and beaten hat, not Junior’s battered and beaten mug, that was the true star of the Indiana Jones quartet of movies.
Granted, Hans Solo-turned-Indiana Jones wore that hat as well as Bogart or Delon, but it was that dirty, dusty, sweaty fedora that singlehandedly made the character and brought audiences to their feet every time it blew back onto the screen.
Doc Jones’ hat — a fedora model called the Poet — was handmade by Herbert Johnson Hatters of England. And, just like Ford’s Indiana, I, too, don a hat, an Italian Borsalino, as The Palladian Traveler.
Now that the hot summer weather has arrived, I’ve put my black winter “B” away, and am now sporting a summer “B” that I picked up earlier this week at Cappellieria Palladio, an historic hat shop in Vicenza.
Whaddya think? Cool enough to wear along the cobblestone to somewhere?
Like Indie — sans the bullwhip, but with a laptop and camera — I, too, hate snakes, but love hats.
It’s a shame Indiana won’t be donning the Poet and flying into action ever again. At least he left us with four great titles on DVD/Blue-ray/online to watch again and again, and cheer some more.
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