Panama Hats in the Movies

Panama Hats in the Movies

Panama hats have appeared frequently on the silver screen. Naturally, they appear more frequently in movies made during times when Panama hats were popular, or in movies set during that period. My own hats appeared in The Legend of Bagger Vance, reshaped to look as though they had been worn for some time by the characters in the movie. Personally, I preferred how the hats looked when I shipped them compared with how they looked after the wardrobe department had their way with them.

Movie makers have always been more concerned with “the look” than with the quality. Most of the Panamas I’ve seen in recent movies are not very good hats. In fact, the Panama hat worn by Hannibal Lecter in the movie Hannibal really, really bothers me. Hannibal Lecter is the ultimate connoisseur, a meticulous perfectionist with a passion for things exquisite. That character would never wear the hat they have given him in the movie. Hannibal’s movie hat is an over-bleached, low quality, machine-blocked Cuenca hat. Dr. Lecter would certainly have worn a fine quality, hand-blocked Montecristi Panama.

The clips presented here, and the movies from which they were taken, are the copyrighted property of their respective studios. They are shown here so that visitors to this site who might be interested in owning movies featuring Panama hats will know what those movies are, and will be able to see a “preview” of the Panama hat in the movie. I am providing a link to for your convenience and to further encourage the purchase of these movies.

By no means is this collection complete. If you have any personal favorites that have not been included, please let me know and I will make every effort to add them. Enjoy.

Panama Hats -- The Naked Jungle with Charlton Heston

The Naked Jungle

Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker

Style: Monte Carlo

Panama Hat -- Casablanca with Sydney Greenstreet


Sydney Greenstreet

Style: Optimo

Panama Hats -- Casablanca with Paul Henreid

Casablanca (alt)

Paul Henreid

Style: Fedora

Panama Hats -- Fitzcarraldo with Klaus Kinski


Klaus Kinski

Style: Monte Carlo

Panama Hats -- Fitzcarraldo with Klaus Kinski -- Attention

Fitzcarraldo (alt)

Klaus Kinski

Style: Monte Carlo

Panama Hat -- Hannibal with Anthony Hopkins


Anthony Hopkins

Style: Fedora

Panama Hat -- Gone with the Wind with Clark Gable

Gone with the Wind

Clark Gable

Style: Monte Carlo

Panama Hats -- Mr. and Mrs. Bridge with Paul Newman

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Paul Newman

Style: Optimo

Panama Hat -- The Last Emperor with Peter O'Toole

The Last Emperor

Peter O’Toole

Style: Optimo

Panama Hat -- To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck

To Kill a Mockingbird

Gregory Peck

Style: Optimo

Panama Hat -- Just Cause with Sean Connery

Just Cause

Sean Connery

Style: Optimo

Panama Hat -- Key Largo with Edward G. Robinson

Key Largo

Edward G. Robinson

Style: Fedora

Panama Hat -- The Man Who Would Be King with Sean Connery

The Man Who Would Be King

Sean Connery

Style: Optimo

Panama Hats -- All the Kings Men with Broderick Crawford

All the King’s Men

Broderick Crawford

Style: Optimo | Greenstreet

Panama Hats -- The Year of Living Dangerously with Sigourney Weaver

The Year of Living Dangerously

Sigourney Weaver

Style: Breton (with flat brim)

Panama Hat -- Legend of Bagger Vance directed by Robert Redford

Legend of Bagger Vance


Style: Optimo | Fedora

Panama Hats -- The Natural with Robert Duval

The Natural

Robert Duval

Style: Fedora

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