Dressed to kill

Trying out for Deep Mass.

Eileen Murphy marveled at this dapper would-be don at the auditions for the movie version of Black Mass at the old Bayside Expo Center yesterday.

She adds: "You know it's a Southie movie when a Hollywood hopeful brings a space saver to the casting call for Black Mass!"

Waiting in line for Black Mass



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That looks like a toned down zoot suit.

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I have a feeling Whitey is 'Post Zoot Suit".

Besides it was the sort of thing preferred by cultures Whitey isn't much known for liking.


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True Zoot suits were more common in LA, a kind of big band era Black and Chicano trend.


The 50s era Boston night club jazz scene had commonalities with the 80s/90s Boston Rock scene in how the audiences related to the music.

But Whitey was'nt too close to any of it.

It would be funny to speculate what his music preferences are, probably Elvis oldies.

The zoot suit is a really different animal

It has a bizarrely exaggerated silhouette: super-wide, thick-padded shoulders, really wide lapels on a very long jacket, pants with a waist at about mid-chest, very baggy on top and draping to tightly pegged ankles, plus some odd, specific accessories like long looping watch chains.

This actor is wearing a very conventionally-cut if ill-fitting business suit: he looks like an R-sized guy wearing a boxy L suit, hence the slightly overlong jacket.

Love those! I especially

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Love those! I especially like the one that "refused to open his eyes".
I wish hats for men were back, nothing like al nice fedora...

A few things wrong with this look

Suit looks more 80s vintage than the late-60s / early-70s looks requested in the casting call. Shoes are out of the 30s. Hat brim width is okay, but straw is wrong pre-Memorial Day. Tie, shirt collar, and pocket square are about the only period details that are correct. Fit of the suit is terrible (jacket and sleeves too long, stupidly baggy fit), but many criminal types sport lousy tailoring. And if you think only Italian-American mobsters dress like this, well, Whitey did do business with those folks.

Even Hollywood and TV costumers often mix up eras like this horribly. The recent W.B. Mason "Low Price Assurance Detectives" commercials are a good example: presumably aiming for a 40s film noir look but similarly mashing up elements of six different decades.

something doesn't belong

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there is something a little bit incongruous between the sepia toned print, the guy who looks like he belongs in the sepia toned print, and the woman with a bike helmet.

Or a later-period Bulger look

Grandma jeans, $2 web belt, saggy undershirt, and oversized Sox cap and shades that make your head look tiny. The longer Whitey's career went on, the sadder and chumpier he looked. He was a rat, and all public protestations to the contrary, he knew it, and everyone in the game knows it. In his circle of pond scum, that makes him the lowest of the low. He'll go to his grave claiming otherwise, but he is fooling exactly no one.