Inspired by the memorable hat worn by the late Pete Duel in the cult classic TV Western series “Alias Smith and Jones” originally crafted by Baron Hat’s founder: Eddie Baron!
The series was created by the equally legendary TV Producer, Glen A. Larson, who seemed to have found a formula in the 1970’s and 1980’s for creating TV shows that were, in many cases inspired by great classic movies.
(Besides, “Smith and Jones”, remember Battlestar Galactica _ “Star Wars”, “Automan” _ “Tron” and “Knightrider” _ “The Lone Ranger”).
But the formula obviously worked, and these and other Larson-created shows have gone down in history as some of our all time favorites!
It’s no secret that “Smith and Jones” was encouraged by the then box office smash “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, right down to the casting of two young actors who resembled Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The series had the same dry humor and was peppered every week with well known (or at least very familiar looking) western character actors, not to mention some other interesting casting including Sally Field and Rudy Valle!
Even though this series only lasted three years, and was hit with the most devastating of tragedy’s, it has continued to live on through a network of an ever growing fan base throughout the world, especially in the UK, now made even more popular with the release of the full Series on DVD. The casting of Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes (alias “Joshua Smith”), and Ben Murphy as Jed “Kid Curry” (alias “Thaddeus Jones”) was pure genius, and obviously was the reason for its popularity at the time, not to mention and all these years later.
For the uninitiated, the premise is a simple one. Heyes and Curry are two very “wanted” outlaws, beloved by everyone, except the banks and trains they have robbed through the years. Since the public loves them, the law isn’t too anxious to put them in chains or put ropes around their necks, so they offer them a deal. If they stay out of trouble for a year and take on new names (thus “Smith and Jones”), they will be free. However, that doesn’t stop them from using their smarts to help others in trouble and get into trouble themselves!
The series was headed for a long run, when at roughly 1:30 A.M. on Friday, Dec. 31, 1971, Pete Duel shot himself.
Hollywood, sometimes known for a brevity of emotion, didn’t wait too long to morn this tragedy, and in fact, the series went back into production right after the weekend the very next Monday, with actor Roger Davis taking over the role. Roger Davis had been the narrator of the series before this, and in fact had played a small part the year before (in which he was gun downed by Ben Murphy!).
One of Baron Hats’ associates was, at the time of this misfortune, a high school intern at Universal Studios, and he relays a rather spooking story about that strange Monday morning after Pete’s death: “I was working in post production, and heard the horrific news about Pete as soon as I came to the studio. Everyone was in shock. I was told to go to the dubbing stage to deliver some scripts for recording. At the time, I just couldn’t believe that it was possible that Pete was dead. My disbelief was heighten when I walked into the dubbing stage and saw Pete’s image projected up on the big screen in a scene from ‘Smith and Jones’. Suddenly I could hear his voice, as he was rerecording dialogue! I looked in the dark, and backlit from the screen was a man standing with his back to me, at a microphone. It had to be Pete! It sounded just like him. It freaked me out. What was going on!? All the news reports said he was dead, and there he was just ten feet away from me, rerecording dialogue! The lights went on, and I almost didn’t want to look, but suddenly the man turned around and said to me: ¥hey kid _ do you have new pages for me to read?’ Of course it wasn’t Pete, but Paul Frees, one of the greatest voice actors in the industry (and a big favorite of Walt Disney), who had been called in just hours before to impersonate and dub Pete’s voice. He had it down perfectly. It made you think how easy we are all replaceable in Hollywood! Which is something I have never forgotten in all these years I’ve been in the business!”
Without question the untimely death of Pete Duel has given both the actor and the series cult status, just as it did James Dean, Bruce Lee or Marilyn Monroe. But that has only heighten Baron’s resolve to make the Pete Duel hat as accurate as possible.
The original production hat was made of 200XXX 100% Beaver, which is the best on the market. However, we also make a reproduction in 100% Western Weight Fur Felt.
As beautiful as this classic high-scoped-crown
Western hat is, the special hatband is really what defined this as a “Hannibal”. Baron’s took special care and great research to craft the two silver Concho shapes so they would match the original as close as possible. Each “Hannibal” (both in Fur Felt and Beaver), comes with an exact recreation of the original leather hatband, with both hand-inlaid crescent and rhombus shaped “dedos del öngel” silver Conchos surrounding the band.
In the second season the Heyes hat had stampede strings. Some fans like them and others would rather have the hat without them. It’s a personal decision. If you do want them, we will install these special strings, each hand-woven to order, in the original pattern, for an additional price.
The hat is shipped to you brand new,but some people want us to do our special “aging” process as we do on our production hats, and as was done on the original hats series. The aging process, by the way, does not effect the integrity of the furs, so they are just as long lasting either way.
Since each “Hannibal” is hand crafted to order for you, please allow at least twelve to fourteen weeks, both creation of the hat, and the silversmithing of the original Concho hatband. And yes, we do ship to virtually every country. You can select various shipping options, both domestic and international, in our shopping cart once you place your order.
The “Hannibal” can also be ordered with our FlexPay payment plan. That’s four easy monthly payments with no interest or service fees.
Our custom “Hannibal” comes with an engraved leather sweatband, silk-satin lining, our special Lifetime Guarantee and a Signed and Numbered personalized Certificate of Authenticity. They are also packed in a custom Baron hat-box, which you can use to permanently store your “Hannibal” for safe keeping!
It’s been years since fans of this great series have asked us to put this hat on our site. And now that we’ve perfected it to their satisfaction… and ours… here it is for you all to enjoy!
|Felt Quality||100% Western Weight Fur Felt or 100% 200XXX Beaver|
|Crown Shape||Pinched Western telescope|
|Shaped Crown Front||4″|
|Shaped Crown Back||3 3/4″|
|Brim Width||3 1/2″|
|Brim Shape||Hand curls on sides|
Conchos spaced 1″ apart
|3/4″ Special Leather and Silver Conchos Hatband|
|Stampede Strings (optional)||Hand-Woven Leather|
The special conch’s “Hannibal” are custom made to order so please allow approximately TWELVE TO FOURTEEN WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. If you must have the hat sooner, e-mail us for special Rush Delivery prices and your delivery date needs to: email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: HATS PURCHASED VIA FLEXPAY WILL NOT BE SHIPPED UNTIL ALL PAYMENTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED
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By submitting this order you understand, agree and accept all conditions as set forth in our Service Agreement, including, but not limited to our custom hat refund policy. Unless otherwise noted, shipping dates as they appear on your invoice, are approximations. Conditions beyond our control including, but not limited to availability of special custom materials can effect completion dates.
©1971 Universal /MCA _ all rights reserved
COMING SOON! “THE K.C.”
INSPIRED BY THE HAT WORN BY
BEN MURPHY AS”KID CURRY”
AND ORIGINALLY MADE BY EDDIE BARON
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* Disclaimer: “Alias Smith And Jones”” is Trademarked (TM) and © (or copyrighted) 1971 by Universal City Studios. Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is prohibited. “The Hannibal” hat and “The K.C.” are made in the style of classic hats as are standard in the costume industry. Baron Hats, Inc, is not affiliated in any way, nor do they by fact or inference imply to hold any rights or authorization, rights of association or sponsorship or endorsement of the use of any copyrights or trademarks as held by any individuals, or companies mentioned or pictured in association with this offer, including, but not limited to Glen A. Larson, Ben Murphy, Pete Duel, Paul Frees, Roger Davis, their representatives and assignees, or their Estates and their representatives and assignees, nor to Universal City Studios, or American Broadcast Company (ABC), nor their representatives and assignees.