Oh dear. HBO Max’s Perry Mason origin story is set in 1932 Los Angeles, which you would never know by looking at this photo of Shea Whigham and Matthew Rhys. IMDB lists a huge number of costumers, so I can’t be sure who is the hat wrangler, but please. This is not how anybody wore a hat in 1932. This may surpass “Boardwalk Empire” in ridiculous costuming, which is an achievement.
Good grief. Shea Wigham’s costume and newsboy cap look horrible. Nobody dressed like this in the 1930s. No one. That jacket looks like a horse blanket.
Why do films and TV shows set in the 1930s and 1940s have to be so wretched when it comes to costumes? (For reference on good period costuming, see “Chinatown” and “L.A. Confidential.”)
For reference: Proper men’s outfits from 1931-32.
Edward G. Robinson, “Little Caesar” (1931). Note the angle of the brim. Note the height of the crown. Note the width of the hatband. Note the lapels on the jacket, with matching vest. The hat isn’t stuck on Robinson’s head like a baseball cap. It’s meant to convey style and class.
A scruffy Edward G. Robinson still knows how to wear a hat.
Edward Woods and James Cagney show the proper way to wear newsboy caps and sweaters in “The Public Enemy” (1931).
Cagney gives another lesson in the proper way to wear a newsboy cap and Woods doesn’t do too badly, either. Murray Kinnell as Putty Nose opts for a vest and bowler.
Cagney may be maniacal in “The Public Enemy,” but at least how knows how to wear a hat. Again, note the height of the crown and the width of the hatband. And the angle of the brim.
And here we have multiple examples of how to properly wear a hat, from “Scarface” (1932), starring Paul Muni and George Raft. Note Muni’s double-breasted suit and wide lapels.
Any costumers paying attention? Anyone?