Movie costumes that have been used twice are quite often used yet a third time. After I posted last months inaugural roundup, I came across two of these "three-peats." They are both costumes that I recognized from another blogger's "discovery."
The first is from a recycle first brought to my attention by a favorite fellow blogger Caftan Woman. She shared this on her Twitter account a couple years ago and, being fascinated with recycles, I bookmarked it. Here is her tweet:
I spotted this unique costume on Fay Helm in The Falcon in San Francisco (1945). It looks like the neckline was slightly altered for the Dick Tracy film.
The next recycle was noticed by Kimberly Truhler from GlamAmor (you may know her from her TCMFF "Fashion in Film" talks and Film Noir Fashion book published last year) during a live tweet last May of They Won't Believe Me (1947). She noted it had first been worn by Claire Trevor in Murder, My Sweet (1944). I then spotted the dress in The Falcon's Adventure (1946). It looks like it may have lost a strip of sequins on the sleeve along the way. And, as you can see, the neckline was altered both times.
This suit worn by Madge Meredith in The Falcon's Adventure (left) also shows up in another of her films, Child of Divorce (right) from the same year.
And while we're still on the subject of The Falcon movies, here's Falcon regular Jean Brooks in a publicity photo wearing a sparkly gown spotted on an extra in The Falcon's Brother (1942) in a fashion show sequence (I had taken the screenshot for the "Victory" dress).
It just hit me that the costumes in this entire post are circa WWII era films and the recycles were probably also because of the clothing rationing!
I started off August with a bang, spotting two big recycles in Casablanca (1942), which I hadn't seen since I was a teen (12+ years ago). Right in the first scene inside Rick's Café I spotted this champagne colored gown worn by Olivia de Havilland in It's Love I'm After (1937) - in which Bette Davis co-stars. It's one of my favorite film costumes. It doesn't fit the extra very well though.
UPDATE: I also spotted de Havilland's gown carried by Ann Sheridan in The Doughgirls (1944), seen below. You can't miss those distinctive sleeves!
A few seconds later I spotted Bette Davis' beaded/sequined top from Dark Victory (1939)! Both costumes are still in existence. You can see Olivia reunited with her costume at the bottom of this article as well as a fantastic photo of it on this great WB Classic Studio Tour by Hometowns to Hollywood. A quick google search will bring you multiple images of Bette's.
I also spotted my first hat recycle! We all know Bette Davis' iconic hat when she steps off the boat after her makeover in Now, Voyager (1942). Well, I was looking for a certain costume in To Have and Have Not (1945) and spotted it on an extra behind Lauren Bacall! It may not be the actual hat worn by Davis - her stand-in had one too. Between this and Casablanca, that's a lot of Davis-Bogart-Henreid connections!