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How to Wear a Tuxedo

March 29, 2011

Some of my favorite looks for black tie dressing.

Patrick McGoohan - Double breasted Ivory dinner jacket - Danger Man - Early 1960's

Marlene Dietrich - White tie and tails

Humphrey Bogart - Great shawl collar on the white dinner jacket


Rod Serling - Winning his fourth Emmy Award - Awesome bowtie!

Rod Serling #2 - Here at the 1959 Emmy's with his wife Carol. - I love the narrow shawl collar

Josephine Baker - White tie and tails

Nat King Cole - Great white dinner jacket with mohair trousers

Walter Cronkite - Shawl collar and cummerbund. Love the ivory pocket square

All Night Long – 1962

August 7, 2009

Let’s keep the jazz posts rolling…


Skipper Bartlett, the man behind the amazing blog “Like…Dreamsville”, recently posted some great screen shots from the 1962 British film “All Night Long”. The film is a noir style adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. After searching high and low, I was finally able to snag a copy. The film features appearances by jazz legends like Dave Brubeck (who performs “Blue Rondo a la Turk”), Charles Mingus, and Johnny Dankworth. It also features Patrick Mcgoohan on skins (rumor is that he locked himself in a room with a drum set and practiced for months before shooting the scene) This film is classic cool!

I love this amazing telephone.

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An early Ericofon prototype (Image: Ericofon.com)

An early Ericofon prototype (Image: Ericofon.com)

The Ericofon may have been the inspiration for the Telephone that was used by #2 in the British Spy classic “The Prisoner”

#2 on the red telephone that may have been inspired by the Ericofon.

#2 on the red telephone that may have been inspired by the Ericofon.

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AMC has released a group of amazing production photos from the 1967 super spy/science fiction classic “The Prisoner.” Also, AMC has the original 17 episodes on their site for you to enjoy prior to the release of the re-make with James Caviezel and Ian McKellen. Below are some of my favorite production photos from AMC’s 1967 Prisoner page.

From "Arrival"

From "Arrival"

From "Free For All"

From "Free For All"

From "The Schizoid Man"

From "The Schizoid Man"

From "The Schizoid Man"

From "The Schizoid Man"

From "The General"

From "The General"

From "Many Happy Returns"

From "Many Happy Returns"

From "Dance of the Dead"

From "Dance of the Dead"

From "Checkmate"

From "Checkmate"

No. 2's set

No. 2's set

From "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling"

From "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling"

From "The Girl Who was Death" - McGoohan here in the 1967 Lotus Elan

From "The Girl Who was Death" - McGoohan here in the 1967 Lotus Elan

Related Posts:
AMC’s Remake of “The Prisoner” – As Good as the Original?

I’ve often looked around to see if I could find a list of spies that people like other than James Bond. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

Derek Flint from "Our Man Flint"

Derek Flint from "Our Man Flint"

John Drake from "Danger Man"

John Drake from “Danger Man”
Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise

Jeff Costello from "Le Samouri"

Jeff Costello from "Le Samouri"

Cary Grant, having many alias in "Charade"

Cary Grant, having many alias in "Charade"

Alec Leamas in "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold"

Alec Leamas in "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold"

Here are a few really fun gadgets that you can see at the “International Spy Museum” in Washington DC.:

Shoes with transmitters in the soles

Shoes with transmitters in the soles

Coat with a hidden camera

Coat with a hidden camera

I am anxiously waiting the 2009 remake of the 1967 cult science fiction television show “The Prisoner”. AMC will be airing the original series starring Patrick Mcgoohan as “Number 6” prior to the release of the new television series. AMC’s remake will feature James Caviezel in the lead role as “Number 6” and Ian McKellen as “Number 2”. The show is about a secret agent who resigns angrily from his job and is taken to an island called “The Village” where the leaders try to break him for information. He is referred to as “Number 6”, and he tries to escape and find out who is behind “The Village”

The original series was ground-breaking when it was released in 1967. The show features Patrick Mcgoohan’s progressive social views on a variety of controversial topics of the late 60’s. It was the first show of it’s time where the plot continued from one episode to the next without a conclusion. The show also featured the most up-to-date design elements of the era. Check out some of my favorite design details from the show below:

The show featured the build it yourself "Lotus 7"

The show featured the build it yourself "Lotus 7"

I love the dark jacket with the white piping; this trend has been current in menwear for the past few years

I love the dark jacket with the white piping; this trend has been current in menwear for the past few years

The original ball chair by Aarnio Eero was featured.

The original ball chair by Aarnio Eero was featured.