Texican Movie Hat
Texican Movie Hat – our take on Audie Murphy’s favorite Cowboy hat
This classic cowboy movie hat has a type of Cattleman crease called the Canadian, which is a rectangular shape when viewed from the top.
Audie Murphy was recruited by Hollywood because of his WWII fame, and was soon an up and coming movie star.
The Texican Movie Hat was worn by Murphy in many of his most memorable westerns, of which he made many. Films like Seven Ways from Sundown, The Texican, Destry, Gunsmoke, Ride a Crooked Trail, and The Unforgiven are just a few.
To Hell and Back
Medal of Honor recipient
At the age of 20 and standing only 5’5″ tall, Audie Murphy looked nothing like the most decorated (including the CMH) combat soldier in American history, but he was. And with his movie star good looks, he was invited out to Hollywood where he soon became a Matinee Idol. In 1948 he wrote his autobiography; To Hell and Back, which quickly became a best seller.
In 1955, To Hell and Back became a major motion picture, with Murphy playing himself. The movie traces how Audie ended up in the army, and the battles he was part of, but it’s focus was more on the comradery between the men in his platoon. This film was Universal Pictures top money maker until Jaws in 1975.
Murphy was an aw-shucks kind of guy, who seldom spoke of his medals or war exploits, and who apparently insisted that a ghostly roll call be included at the end of the movie, in tribute to his fallen friends. The entire movie can be watched on line at YouTube.
One of our favorite war movies, it is the only one we know of where a Medal of Honor recipient played himself. And at first Murphy refused, he wanted his friend Tony Curtis to take the part. The movie was a huge hit and has several memorable scenes and lines including this one from Marshal Thompson, “Come on! They can kill us, but they can’t eat us! That’s against the rules!”