Clint Eastwood as Joe Kidd, laconic hunter and former bounty hunter
New Mexico, Spring 1902
Film: Joe Kidd
Release Date: July 14, 1972
Director: John Sturges
Penned by Elmore Leonard, Joe Kidd is a unique revisionist Western starring Clint Eastwood as the titular ex-bounty hunter who finds himself reluctantly hired to join a posse tracking down a group of Mexican revolutionaries fighting for land reform.
Although the Joe Kidd character could be interchanged with any of Eastwood’s usual taciturn and iron-willed Western heroes (not that he’s any less entertaining for it!), the movie benefits from its interesting and oft-ignored setting and context as well as the usual Elmore Leonard touch of an array of unique characters populating the film’s world.
At the outset, Joe is locked up in the small town of Sinola, New Mexico as he awaits his trial for poaching. When he is asked if he knew it was illegal to hunt on reservation land, Joe responds:
Well the deer didn’t know where he was, and I wasn’t sure either.
What’d He Wear?
Audiences had become well-acquainted with the sight of Clint Eastwood’s familiar “Man With No Name” guise in Westerns, so it must have caught many audiences off-guard when Joe Kidd is first introduced in a suit – albeit, a raggedly worn one after his night in the slammer.
Joe’s three-piece suit is a muted brown plaid tweed. His single-breasted jacket has notch lapels that roll to the top of a 4-button front, which he leaves open (as he does with his vest beneath it). The jacket also has a welted breast pocket, flapped hip pockets, roped sleeveheads, 3-button cuffs, and a ventless back.
The aforementioned vest has seven buttons, always left open. Were he to button the vest, it would have a notched bottom.
Joe’s flat front suit trousers have belt loops, through which he wears a wide black leather belt. The trousers have frogmouth front pockets and a straight fit through the leg to a slight flare at the bottom over his boots.
Although he wears a belt, the brown leather straps from a pair of suspenders are also seen attached to his trousers.
Joe’s shirt is striped in various widths in tan, white, and pale blue. He wears it with a white detachable collar that fastens in the front and back with gold studs.
His wide and short tie is a series of large red ornate dots on a navy ground.
Joe wears a pair of plain black leather riding boots with raised heels.
Despite his boots, Joe isn’t yet ready to ride so he wears his “city hat”, a black felt derby with a black grosgrain ribbon.
Go Big or Go Home
Joe Kidd sets a new standard for manliness.
How to Get the Look
Not the traditional look associated with a Clint Eastwood Western role, Joe Kidd’s suit is worn with just as much contempt as you’d expect from such a character.
- Brown plaid tweed suit, consisting of:
- Single-breasted 4-button jacket with notch lapels, welted breast pocket, flapped hip pockets, 3-button cuffs, and ventless back
- Single-breasted 7-button vest with notched bottom
- Flat front trousers with belt loops, frogmouth front pockets, and plain-hemmed bottoms
- Salmon, white, and pale blue striped button-up dress shirt with white detachable collar and single cuffs
- Navy necktie with large red ornate dots
- Suspenders with brown leather button-hooks
- Black leather belt with large square steel single-claw buckle
- Black leather riding boots
- Black felt derby hat with black grosgrain ribbon
Do Yourself a Favor and…
Buy the movie.
Uh… he’s goin’ on a huntin’ trip. I’ll be back.