Buster Keaton’s Porkpie Hat, in His Own Words
Buster Keaton and Jackie Cooper match hats (and expressions) in 1932.
Few things are more precise than the fit of a good hat—the contour, the brim, the insulation (or lack thereof), the dexterity, the elasticity and so on. For Buster Keaton, though, the most important attribute of his iconic porkpie hat was its “mortality.” For more on the matter, we turn it over to Buster himself, as quoted at the Movieland Wax Museum on May 7, 1964.
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