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A Gallery of Cinematic Hats

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Much is made of computer animation and other technology in movies and TV, but I think one of the best special effects goes on top of an actor’s head. It shapes our whole attitude about a character, without so much as a transposed pixel. Here, without commentary, are some of my favorites.

HARRISON FORD AS INDIANA JONES

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN AS THE LITTLE TRAMP

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THE LADIES OF “DOWNTON ABBEY”

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CLINT EASTWOOD AS THE MAN WITH NO NAME

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SALLY FIELD AS “THE FLYING NUN”

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JON HAMM AS DON DRAPER

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THE CAT IN THE HAT

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CARMEN MIRANDA

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JIMMIE WALKER AS J.J. EVANS

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ALAN HALE JR. AS THE SKIPPER

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MAURICE CHEVALIER

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JOHN WAYNE

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MARY TYLER MOORE AS MARY RICHARDS

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BASIL RATHBONE AS SHERLOCK HOLMES

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MIKE NESMITH IN “THE MONKEES”

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FESS PARKER AS DANIEL BOONE

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DANIEL DAY-LEWIS AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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THE SORTING HAT FROM “HARRY POTTER”

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ART CARNEY AS ED NORTON

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B.D. IN “DOONESBURY”

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MINNIE PEARL

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LARRY HAGMAN AS J.R. EWING

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JOHNNY DEPP AS THE MAD HATTER

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BUDDY EBSEN AS JED CLAMPETT

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ARETHA FRANKLIN AT THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

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LIDSVILLE TV SERIES

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GENE HACKMAN AS POPEYE DOYLE

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ERROL FLYNN AS ROBIN HOOD

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HUMPHREY BOGART AS SAM SPADE

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MARGARET HAMILTON AS THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST

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That’s a LOT of hats! But even so, feel free to suggest a few more!

Downton Abbey Facts You Didn’t Know

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Now that the shocking Season Three finale of “Downton Abbey” is concluded – poor Matthew – “Downton” fans are no doubt going through some withdrawal pains. It will be a while before we see how Lord Grantham & Co. are able to soldier on, after their latest loss. But not to worry. The staff here at The Jimbo List has turned up some interesting nuggets of info that will give you a few things to consider as you wait for new episodes. Carry on.

THE DOWAGER COUNTESS WAS ORIGINALLY A CHARACTER ON “SESAME STREET”

IN AN EARLY DRAFT, BATES’ PRISON SCENES WERE TO BE NARRATED BY MORGAN FREEMAN

ACTRESS SHIRLEY MACLAINE ACTUALLY WAS A RICH HEIRESS FROM 1920 IN A PAST LIFE

ONE VERSION OF THE SEASON ONE PILOT INCLUDED APPEARANCES BY BATMAN’S BUTLER ALFRED AND MANUEL THE WAITER FROM “FAWLTY TOWERS”

SEASON TWO BLOOPER: O’BRIEN IS SEEN LIGHTING UP A CIG WITH A ZIPPO

COLLEGE STUDENTS IN BRITAIN DO A SHOT EVERY TIME CARSON SAYS “MILADY”

IN REALITY, VERY FEW BRITISH OFFICERS WENT HOME TWICE A WEEK DURING WORLD WAR I TO ATTEND BLACK TIE DINNERS WITH THE FAMILY

THE SHOW’S CREATORS SETTLED A COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT OUT OF COURT, BROUGHT BY ADULT FILM STAR “DOWNTOWN ABBY”

SEASON FOUR WILL BE SET AT HOGWARTS

UPCOMING “DOWNTON” DEATHS: O’BRIEN (LUNG CANCER), LADY GRANTHAM (CURLING IRON MISHAP), MRS. PATMORE (EXPLODING SOUFFLE) AND LORD GRANTHAM (MISTAKEN FOR A BADGER DURING A HUNT)

Do have a jolly day, won’t you?