The Popeye Doyle (The French Connection)


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Inspired by the classic pork pie worn by GENE HACKMAN in “THE FRENCH CONNECTION”


“Do you pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?”

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With that one off-the-roof line,”Popeye Doyle” slammed into our consciousness like a rear end collision. Like Bogart’s ” Rick” in Casablanca, or Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry”, Gene Hackman is forever forged in our minds as the one and only New York Police Detective Popeye Doyle.

Although everyone from Steve McQueen to Jackie Gleason was offered the role, it is one of those great bits of movie magic fate that Gene ended up with it.

“The French Connection” was a ground- breaking film in every way imaginable.

Directed by then 32-year-old William Friedkin, and written by Ernest Tidyman (with a little help from legendary director Howard Hawks!), and based on Robin Moore’s true story novel, “The French Connection” broke virtually every rule in the movie making book. A great movie is one that has a scene that forever stays in your mind… yet “The French Connection” has a dozen! The “bar bust” in the beginning (where the now famous “Poughkeepsie” line is first heard coming from Popeye to a bewildered suspect); to the excruciating ironic inner-cutting lunch scene between the fancy warm New York restaurant with the French Drug Dealer Fernando Rey, and Popeye’s cold piece of pizza while on stakeout on the freezing New York street just outside; to, of course the famous car chase, which would change the course of screeching tires forever.

By the way, the car crash at the intersection was unplanned! The man whose car was hit had just left his house a few blocks from the intersection to go to work and was unaware that a car chase was being filmed. Fortunately, these were much less litigious times, and all the producers had to do to make him happy was pay to repair his car!

baron hatsThe film went on to win five Oscarså in 1971, including the Best Picture Oscar and one for William Friedkin’s original and intense direction. In a year that produced “The Last Picture Show” and “A Clockwork Orange”, this film’s win makes it even more impressive!

But with all the great direction, writing, editing, and acting… let’s face it: What would “The French Connection be without “Popeye’s” famous porkpie hat! Patterned after the hat that the real “Popeye”, Eddie Egan, wore (Eddie, who plays their over-heated Captain in the movie refused to give up his real hat, and they had to make reproductions), this porkpie immediately went into “movie hat history”. We have made many a porkpie. From Buster Keaton’s, to Johnny Depp’s, they are a style of hat that instantly makes a statement. You have to be a real original to wear one. You have to know who you are, what you want, and give not a rat’s hiccup what anyone thinks of you. If you’re independent, a bit iconoclastic, a strong believer in your individuality, and someone who takes no “guff” from anyone, especially those in authority… the “Popeye Doyle” is your hat! “

Inspired by this classic hat from a classic movie, we have created the “Popeye Doyle”. To get just the right stingy brim open telescope shaping we use specially made 100% Fur Blanks from Europe. These Dark Brown bodies, are then specially treated so we can create that infamous porkpie “pinch” in the front. The hats come with the over-sized matching grosgrain ribbon hatband (with the billow-buckle style bowing), a custom leather sweatband, silk-satin lining, our Lifetime Guarantee, and a personalized Signed and Numbered Certificate of Authenticity. We offer it in 100% Dress Weight Fur Felt, or 200XXX 100% Beaver. You can order the “Popeye Doyle” in one easy payment, or check below for our special FlexPay three monthly payment program. There’s no fee or interest for this service.

Baron Hats is pleased to offer a FlexPay Payment Plan for this custom order at no additional cost or interest.

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Our Classic Reproductions hats are custom hand-made-to-order, so please allow approximately EIGHT WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. If you must have the hat sooner, e-mail us for special Rush Delivery prices and your delivery date needs to:


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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.

Interested in having the hat in a different color than the original? E-Mail us with your color choice and we’ll let you know if we can custom craft it in that color for you.

“The Popeye Doyle” hat is made in the style of classic Porkpie 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 Twentieth Century Fox Studios.

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