Watched "Out of the Past" last night--an excellent, late-40s noir thriller. I paid especial attention to the hats. Here's what I noticed: 1) The hats were almost always cocked--but to various degrees. Mitchum's = very pronounced. 2) Fedoras were worn by Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglass, mostly but even others, farther back and higher than what I've seen "recommended" today. Mitchum's fed was mostly around four fingers from his eyebrows, three on the the cocked side (down on his ear on the other side). Most were up on their forehead fairly high most times. 3) Most fedoras, though not all, were in various states of disfigurement. This isn't to say they were completely crushed: they weren't. I'm talking minor crushed areas on the crown, brim misaligned, etc. This is to say that they were far from perfect, something that might bother hat wearers today (some I've come across get a little nervous when, say, a spot appears on their fedora). 4) These were mostly teardrop and diamond creased. 5) Most fellas didn't seem to be overly conscious of their lids, meaning, they sort of popped them on their heads and didn't really worry about "placement" too much (granted, this was really old hat for them anyway, pun there but not really intended...) So those are my observations. Other than that, a great film, and one of the most "smoky" noirs I've seen. Had me missing cigaretts after 10 years (for a second). At one point, Kirk Douglass offers Mitchum a cigarette, and Mitchum holds his hand out with cig and says, "Smoking." Priceless.