We have explored how newsboy caps were worn by several men in “Monkey Business” and by Lee Marvin in “King of the North,” by Henry Fonda in “The Grapes of Wrath” and by Marc Chevalier in real life. Here’s Rod Steiger in the 1959 film “Al Capone,” with costumes by Russell Hanlin and Sabine Manela. Notice how the shadow of the brim covers his eyes.
TWO newsboy caps and we’re only in the credits!
Steiger wears the hat at an angle and the brim is curled. Notice that Steiger is lit so that the shadow of the brim comes just over his eyes as he looks down. He’s supposed to be menacing and the newsboy cap is part of that look.
Here, the cap is set at a angle, somewhat back on the head, with the brim curled. He’s jaunty and relaxed.
And once his character becomes successful, Steiger ditches the newsboy cap.
Lesson: The newsboy cap in this film is a badge of the working class. There’s none of that leisurely elegance that we saw in “Monkey Business.”