Saturday, July 21, 2012

What colour was Sir Harpo Newton's wig?



Harpo's rather sweet appearance in The Story of Mankind lends further weight to the suggestion that his 'blonde wig' may have been light red, as opposed to the preferred red wig he wore on stage (seen looking almost black in The Cocoanuts and photos of the Day at the Races stage try-outs).
Or is he just taking advantage of colour film to get the old red one out of the box again and it's photographed a bit lighter in colour than it looks in black and white? If you turn down the colour on this clip, it could pass for the 'blonde' wig, familiar from the majority of the movies.
Or it could be a third wig, did you think of that?
On the other hand, the almost glowingly blonde one he seems to be wearing in fifties TV appearances (and A Night In Casablanca, but we can save that argument for another day) really is blonde, isn't it?
So that's four wigs. Do I hear five?

8 comments:

David C. said...

To say "Five" would be hair-raising.

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AnttiJ said...

That is a sweet appearance. Btw at 1:07 and 1:08 you can see how much he looks like Chico. Of course it's not news that the brothers all looked very much alike. But I still insist there is a resemblance.

LAGuy said...

Tony Martin has died. He's not exactly Allan Jones, but how many romantic leads from Marx Brothers movies can there be left?

Matthew Coniam said...

Exactly, and to my shame, I didn't realise he even was still around until he weren't no more.
I'll put up the Tenement Symphony as a tribute.
Are you on Facebook, by the way? We were blubbing late into last night there.

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My friends email me, which has always felt sufficient. The rest of the world can write a comment on my blog, I guess.

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I was the second last and felt exactly the same way.
But it's like emailing lots of people at the same time, and they all chip in on each other's emails as you go.
I have to admit it's fun.

Tony tribute just going up here now...