Why are steriotypical movie directors depicted wearing jodhpurs?

Like this.

What’s up with that?

Cecil B. DeMille, according to Wikipedia - very famous, of course. “He cultivated the image of the omnipotent director, complete with megaphone, riding crop, and jodhpurs. From 1936 to 1944, DeMille hosted Lux Radio Theater, a weekly digest of current feature films.”

I admit, I’m really only familiar with the name and the “I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille” (which is actually backwards from the way the line was in Sunset Boulevard, but is the phrasing I’m familiar with).

Apparently actually was the preferred uniform for early movie directors as seen here.


Or so says that one source anyway.

This one traces the style to Austrian director Eric Von Stroheim in the '20s. (Picture there as well.)

More on Eric Von Stroheim’s possible origination of the look.

Emphasis mine.

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Very often, the stereotype was played with a German accent, which also points to von Stroheim.

What about Merian C. Cooper? I wouldn’t be surprised if he contributed to that look.

Fun trivia. Sunset Boulevard directed by Billy Wilder featured Erich von Stroehim as Nora Desmond’s butler Max with a fun shout out in the movie.

That was already a comedy trope by 1938, when Tex Avery made “Daffy in Hollywood.”

(I’ll heff turrrkey mit all de trrrrrrrrrrrrrrimmings."