I can’t remember where I heard it, but some film historian spoke disparagingly of actors who refused to cut their hair for military roles during the 1960s and 1970s. This, incidentally, excludes that *Ur-*longhair John Lennon, who quite willingly took a buzz cut to play Private Gripweed.
But anyhow, my question is whether there’s any truth to that. Did actors’ reluctance to cut their hair affect the accuracy of movies that were set in times and situations where men were expected to wear short hair? Did this reluctance even prevent some films from being made?
And on a related note, to what extent did soldiers and medical offiicers, as in MASH*, adhere to the grooming regs when they were in forward areas? Did enforcement get a little bit more relaxed, what with everyone being, shall we say, preoccupied with weightier matters?
It was Lennon’s WWII British Army issue steel rimmed glasses, incidentally, that really set off the hippy granny glasses fashion. Great film, with nearly every classic old British Army joke in it. (“Am I hurting you Private?” “No Sergeant.” “I should be–I’m standing on your hair!”)
“May I rub your balls sir? It gives me great pleasure.” - Private Gripweed
The worst examples I can think of for unhistorical hair styles were on the TV series MASH*, set in the early 1950s. One '70s hair style after another. Margaret Houlihan and B.J. Hunnicut were probably the worst offenders.
“This is our monthly “At Ease” weekend. It gives us a chance to let our hair down, although I see you’ve got a head start in that department. I shouldn’t talk, though, I’m getting a little shaggy myself. I’d better not stand too close to you, people might think I’m part of the band. I’m joking, of course.”
-Lt. Hookstratten (Fred Willard), This is Spinal Tap
Was your brother also in prison for eight years? He had Army hair in the opening scene before he went to jail.
If you want to nitpick something, nitpick Cage being sent to prison for eight years in the first place for accidently killing one of a gang of knife wielding drunks who were trying to kill him and rape his wife.
> The worst examples I can think of for unhistorical hair styles
> were on the TV series MAS*H, set in the early 1950s.
MASH was full of unhistorical attitudes. MASH was supposedly about the Korean War, but really it was a commentary on the Vietnam War. Despite the use of Korean War references to places and people, hardly anything about the show made sense in an early 1950’s sensibility.
I always hate how Major Hulihan is So Army, always having her hair up in the beginning years of the show then middle an later you see her hair is always down, except in Surgery. How did she get so un-Army?
That is the hair I was referring to in my post, not the “eight years in jail” hair.
That hairdo may have been ok for the regular Army (don’t know, my brother wasn’t a leg), but not a Ranger. Again, he should have had the sides & back shaved with the top about 1/4 to 1/2 inch, or completely shaved.
I was always curious about Robert DeNiro’s goatee in The Deer Hunter. I gather he was supposed to be in some sort of elite unit or something, but did soldiers ever wear beards in Viet Nam, particularly when they were on leave?