Two Rebels That Sparkled.

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Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby Mojo Filter » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:10 pm

I don't know if this as been spoke about before on here or if anyone has noticed it - i've not seen it anywhere on forums. So apologies if it has.

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We know Elvis loved James Dean and the movie Rebel Without A Cause he apparently viewed it several times at the Memphis cinema at the time of its release.

I recently watched it myself, about 3 months ago, I'd not seen it in about 5 years, so i pulled my DVD out and watched this classic movie.

Something had struck me. James Dean's sparkly jacket seen here is very reminiscent of Elvis' sparkly Dorsey jacket:

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I reckon James Dean's jacket is what inspired Elvis to buy a sparkly one himself.

What do you think?
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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby Colin B » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:27 pm

Mojo Filter wrote:...I reckon James Dean's jacket is what inspired Elvis to buy a sparkly one himself.

What do you think?


You could be right !

I reckon Elvis kinda saw himself as having a James Dean-type persona !

Unfortunately, his management didn't...
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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby Mojo Filter » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:54 am

Colin B wrote:
Mojo Filter wrote:...I reckon James Dean's jacket is what inspired Elvis to buy a sparkly one himself.

What do you think?


You could be right !

I reckon Elvis kinda saw himself as having a James Dean-type persona !

Unfortunately, his management didn't...

In all the years of watching the Dean film it only just occurred to me about the jacket in recent months.

Elvis certainly loved Dean and called him a "genius" on the Hy Gardener Show and admitted he would like to follow the kind of roles that Dean was doing if he was a good actor.

But management never understood the rebellious nature (or even cared) of teenagers of the time in films like "Rebel", and of course rock'n'roll music being in the same category.

And of course RCA was primarily a "Country Music" label where the music was clean and nice and didn't cause "bad publicity" like rock'n'roll. Unfortunately, they tried to carry on with this "clean" scenario right through the 60s when clearly things started to change in the perception of film making and music.

Also, it's all been said before, Elvis never took any interest in his own career, instead letting others run it for him.

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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby elvislady » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:42 pm

Nice thread Mojo. I think you maybe right about the jackets, They are very similar. I was watching King Creole... The Baracuta jacket elvis wore, was the Harrington jacket we wore here In England. I had a black one I Loved it. The one James Dean wore In, RWAC. I think a few other actors wore them, Ryan Oneal being another.
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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby Mojo Filter » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:43 pm

elvislady wrote:Nice thread Mojo. I think you maybe right about the jackets, They are very similar. I was watching King Creole... The Baracuta jacket elvis wore, was the Harrington jacket we wore here In England. I had a black one I Loved it. The one James Dean wore In, RWAC. I think a few other actors wore them, Ryan Oneal being another.


Thanks. The sparkly jacket is something that recently occurred to me.....surprised i didn't notice it years earlier.

The Harrington jackets were quite popular again in the late 70s and early 80s with the skinheads - with Jeans, braces and doc martin boots.

I had both red and black. You can still get them today.

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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby elvislady » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:35 am

Mojo Filter wrote:
elvislady wrote:Nice thread Mojo. I think you maybe right about the jackets, They are very similar. I was watching King Creole... The Baracuta jacket elvis wore, was the Harrington jacket we wore here In England. I had a black one I Loved it. The one James Dean wore In, RWAC. I think a few other actors wore them, Ryan Oneal being another.

The Harrington jackets were quite popular again in the late 70s and early 80s with the skinheads - with Jeans, braces and doc martin boots.

I had both red and black. You can still get them today.

I loved the the red. I had the black one. I think they will make another appearance at some point down the line.


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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby Mojo Filter » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:50 am

elvislady wrote:
Mojo Filter wrote:
elvislady wrote:Nice thread Mojo. I think you maybe right about the jackets, They are very similar. I was watching King Creole... The Baracuta jacket elvis wore, was the Harrington jacket we wore here In England. I had a black one I Loved it. The one James Dean wore In, RWAC. I think a few other actors wore them, Ryan Oneal being another.

The Harrington jackets were quite popular again in the late 70s and early 80s with the skinheads - with Jeans, braces and doc martin boots.

I had both red and black. You can still get them today.

I loved the the red. I had the black one. I think they will make another appearance at some point down the line.


http://www.elvisechoesofthepast.com/elv ... ta-jacket/

Thanks for the link. That is a cool article.

So Harrington is a nickname for the jacket after Ryan O'Neil's character Rodney Harrington in Peyton Place, that's something I didn't know. So the correct name for the jacket is baracuta.

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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby elvislady » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:57 am

Mojo Filter wrote:
elvislady wrote:
Mojo Filter wrote:
elvislady wrote:Nice thread Mojo. I think you maybe right about the jackets, They are very similar. I was watching King Creole... The Baracuta jacket elvis wore, was the Harrington jacket we wore here In England. I had a black one I Loved it. The one James Dean wore In, RWAC. I think a few other actors wore them, Ryan Oneal being another.

The Harrington jackets were quite popular again in the late 70s and early 80s with the skinheads - with Jeans, braces and doc martin boots.

I had both red and black. You can still get them today.

I loved the the red. I had the black one. I think they will make another appearance at some point down the line.


http://www.elvisechoesofthepast.com/elv ... ta-jacket/

Thanks for the link. That is a cool article.

So Harrington is a nickname for the jacket after Ryan O'Neil's character Rodney Harrington in Peyton Place, that's something I didn't know. So the correct name for the jacket is baracuta.



Yes mojo. I found this article a few years ago. When I was looking for diffrent colours of the Harrington. Thought I would share.
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Re: Two Rebels That Sparkled.

Postby Colin B » Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:00 am

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