Fading Fast

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Caught a few minutes of two James Garner movies, "Grand Prix" and "36 Hours," yesterday and he was wearing a different grey herringbone sport coat in each. A quick search told me what I thought, he was a big fan a sport coats and big fan of grey herringbone ones.
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Kinda funny, but I couldn't find an online pic of the grey herringbone one he wore in "Grand Prix."
 

eagle2250

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Caught a few minutes of two James Garner movies, "Grand Prix" and "36 Hours," yesterday and he was wearing a different grey herringbone sport coat in each. A quick search told me what I thought, he was a big fan a sport coats and big fan of grey herringbone ones.
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Kinda funny, but I couldn't find an online pic of the grey herringbone one he wore in "Grand Prix."
Grey Herringbone jackets? Indeed, he wore them so well, Garner stood out in "a league of his own!" I can think of no other who wore thew grey herringbone quite so well. ;)
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
The other day, I caught five minutes of 1963's "The Prize" where Paul Newman wears this very cool raglan overcoat.

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the material? Sometimes I think wool and sometimes some type of raincoat material, especially in the last pic where it is (crazy) wrinkled like some raincoat materials can.

@Matt S your expert opinion is always much appreciated.
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And the blonde who is telling Newman his coat is ridiculously wrinkled is Elke Sommer.
 

Doctor Damage

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Caught a few minutes of two James Garner movies, "Grand Prix" and "36 Hours," yesterday and he was wearing a different grey herringbone sport coat in each. A quick search told me what I thought, he was a big fan a sport coats and big fan of grey herringbone ones.
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Kinda funny, but I couldn't find an online pic of the grey herringbone one he wore in "Grand Prix."
These two photos (the first and the fourth) are from "Marlowe" which was a great movie and his wardrobe was extremely ivy/trad/etc in that film. Recommended.
 

Matt S

Connoisseur
The other day, I caught five minutes of 1963's "The Prize" where Paul Newman wears this very cool raglan overcoat.

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the material? Sometimes I think wool and sometimes some type of raincoat material, especially in the last pic where it is (crazy) wrinkled like some raincoat materials can.

@Matt S your expert opinion is always much appreciated.
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And the blonde who is telling Newman his coat is ridiculously wrinkled is Elke Sommer.
Balmacaans are traditionally made of tweed or cotton gabardine. You could never get tweed to wrinkle like that if you tried, so this is possibly cotton gabardine. Is there a reason in the film why his coat got so wrinkled?
 

Fading Fast

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Balmacaans are traditionally made of tweed or cotton gabardine. You could never get tweed to wrinkle like that if you tried, so this is possibly cotton gabardine. Is there a reason in the film why his coat got so wrinkled?
Thank you, that makes sense.

I just happened to see the coat on TCM as I keep it on mute in the background and catch bits and pieces of the movies like I did, yesterday, when this coat popped up.

It's been a while since I've seen the movie proper, so I don't remember why the coat is that wrinkled. Newman's character in the movie is traveling and does get into some chase scenes, etc, but I don't remember if the coat was wrinkled for those reasons.

Thank you again Matt - always appreciate your insight.
 
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Fading Fast

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@Matt S this similar-to-Newman's coat (a few posts above) but, obviously, not with raglan sleeves, just popped up in the 1958 movie "The Last Hurrah." Like Newman's, it's hard to tell if the material is Tweed or cotton-gaberdine raincoat, but the wrinkle in the collar tip has me leaning raincoat. Thoughts? Thank you.
 

Matt S

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@Matt S this similar-to-Newman's coat (a few posts above) but, obviously, not with raglan sleeves, just popped up in the 1958 movie "The Last Hurrah." Like Newman's, it's hard to tell if the material is Tweed or cotton-gaberdine raincoat, but the wrinkle in the collar tip has me leaning raincoat. Thoughts? Thank you.
I would agree. You don't see many checked raincoats these days.
 

drpeter

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Watched a bit of Paul Newman recently in "the Drowning Pool" He had some pretty good collar roll going on in this film.

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I watched the last three-quarters of this film too! It was on the TCM channel.

Newman does sport half-sleeved shirts with ties and jackets in the film. This practice is not very common, although there may have been a time in the fifties or sixties in the US when this was more often seen, or perhaps it was prevalent in warmer parts of the country.
 
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