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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Top Hat, Worn by Fredric March. "I'll show you what horror means!" vowed Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and he surely kept his promise. March won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1932 (in a tie with Wallace Beery of The Champ), and his celebrated performance widely reigns as the all-time best of the many actors who have starred in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tragedy of Good vs. Evil. This is the top hat March wore as the ape-like, shockingly sadistic Hyde in a portrayal still chilling 75 years after it first gave moviegoers nightmares. The hat size is approximately 7.5", with shiny black material and a thick band. The top of the inside is torn, and reads "Dunlap & Co., Dolph Martin, Minneapolis, Minn." Curiously, March wore a different top hat as Jekyll than as Hyde -- the Jekyll hat was higher and more tapered, the Hyde hat shorter and more stubby to suit the grotesque transformation. (One might fancifully imagine that the hat transformed too!) There appears to have been repair work over the past seven decades, especially with the inside band, and the overall result is Very Fine condition. This is a relic from an Academy Award-winning performance, one of the most daring films of the Pre-Code 1930s and an all-time milestone of the horror genre. Don this historic Mr. Hyde top hat and prepare to unleash your dark side!

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2007
    14th-15th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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