What are these pants called?

acgf

Starting Member
What would these pants be called? Belly high overalls with a single strap.

This is a still from an opening scene to the movie The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

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The scene can be viewed here:

 

drpeter

Super Member
If you pause the film clip at 0:21, you can see a button on the front of the trousers, which was presumably for a second strap that would cross over in an X with the strap he already has on holding up the trousers. So I think one of two original straps was damaged or lost somehow and the lad has just one strap left to use. Why the production details team did this during the making of the film is unclear. But the director may have wanted it.

I once read about an event that someone had observed when Martin Scorsese was filming a scene for one of the many mob films he made (maybe it was Casino). Robert de Niro was getting dressed for the scene and was wearing a necktie with a certain pattern and in certain colours. Scorsese looked at the tie, asked de Niro to take it off, saying he did not think it was right. Then he selected another tie and asked de Niro to put it on. This second tie was identical in every respect to the first! But that's what the director wanted, so that's what the actor wore.

Good clip from the film, by the way. I really like Lee van Cleef in the so-called spaghetti westerns.
 
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eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
I really can't contribute any additional information of the trouser design to which you refer, but that clip, "Breakfast with Angel Eyes ," inspires me to rewatch the movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!" Thanks for that.
 

drpeter

Super Member
One of the great bits of recurring dialogue between Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Blondie (Clint Eastwood) in that movie is the one that begins "There are two kinds of..."

Tuco: There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window.

Tuco: There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around the neck, and those who have the job of doing the cutting.

And, at the very end:

Blondie: You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. I have the gun, you have the shovel. You dig.
 
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