There is a great photo set (by Edward Clark) in the LIFE archive of Marlon Brando preparing for his 1950 film debut The Men. The story was based on a group of returning WWII vets that had to cope with the mental and physical injuries of war. After coming off of his role in Broadway’s Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando spent a lot of time at a VA hospital preparing for movie.
Thinking about getting that written on a calling card, “Have Gun — Will Travel” just like Paladin in the late 50s, early 60s Western TV and radio show of the same name. I obviously wasn’t around to see any of this show on TV, but I was watching Stand by Me over Thanksgiving and the fellas were singing the theme song throughout the movie. Interestingly enough, the theme song was also sung as a cadence in the movie Full Metal Jacket, one of my all time favorites. I have been watching Have Gun Will Travel on DVD via Netflix and the series has become some sort of a guilty pleasure. The Western genre really has some gems and this series does not disappoint. Hell, Charles Bronson even shows up in the first season.
An ACL reader and frequent tipster sent in a suggestion for The American List that I thought deserved a little more attention than a simple listing. Greenville, South Carolina based Shuron Ltd, is an eye wear manufacturer that has been turning out frames since the time of the Civil War. The company is most well known for their sixties style frames, but Shuron is also famous for being a sunglasses supplier for the U.S. military in WWII. These iconic sunglasses — now called the “MacArthur” after the famous Army General Douglas MacArthur — are still offered today. (Thanks to Michael for the tip)
My business partner Ali always says that the Independent Spirit Awards are by far her favorite awards show. “They are just so casual, so fun and relaxed” she says. The guys came out dressed just like Ali said, casual and comfortable. Definitely how I would want to dress for an awards show.
JOSH HARTNETT HAS GOOD STYLE. ANY IDEA WHO MAKES THAT JACKET?
MY FRIEND ROB DRESSED RAINN WILSON FOR THE EVENT. I LIKE HIS NERDY LOOK. WONDER WHAT HIS SHOES LOOKED LIKE?
GLEN HANSARD FROM THE MOVIE ONCE LOOKED GOOD IN SPURR DENIM.
The guys over at Men’s Vogue put together an amazing feature on movies that influenced men’s fashion. You can see the entire story here.
Some of my favorites below: