Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Making a Stetson (a/k/a Birth of a Hat) - circa 1940ies

Country: United States
Review by Ben Model, extracted from his channel on You Tube
"Making a Stetson" is a one-reel short in 16mm that I picked up on eBay several years ago, missing its main title. I couldn't find out anything about the film, until a print of a ca. 1920 film called "Birth of a Hat" turned up in 2010 at the New Zealand Film Archive. My print, probably from 1940s, is almost identical except that the factory scenes in the last half of the film appear to have been re-shot, for some reason. For a comparison, you can watch the original "Birth of a Hat" (1920) preserved from 35mm nitrate at

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