THE FIRST DEADLY SIN
Edward Delaney (Frank Sinatra)
Signature “Jay Lord” fedora
Item # D0372
This fedora was worn by the character “Edward Delaney” played by legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra in the 1980 motion picture “The First Deadly Sin” also starring Faye Dunaway. This was Sinatra’s signature hat worn throughout the film as Delaney tries to track down a serial killer that’s terrorizing the streets of New York.
The charcoal gray hat by Jay Lord is constructed of an unidentified fur felt with a black grosgrain ribbon hatband. The interior band has traces of makeup Mr. Sinatra wore during filming and has his initials “F.A.S.” stamped in gold. Also included is the original hatbox from Jay Lord Hatters of New York that it has been stored in ever since its use on the production. The lid of the box has “# 2 Hat” handwritten, with “F.S. Hat” and “Box #3 Back Bedroom” written on the sides.
This hat was acquired directly from Mr. Sinatra’s personal costumer and longtime friend, Michael Castellano. Mr. Castellano began working with the entertainer in 1976 after replacing Sinatra’s previous personal aid, Eddie Fitzsimmons. Mr. Castellano quickly became Sinatra’s “right hand man” and performed numerous duties for Mr. Sinatra while maintaining his stage and personal wardrobe collection.
Mr. Castellano was Sinatra’s personal costumer and assistant on “The First Deadly Sin” and verified that Sinatra retained this hat and several other screen used wardrobe items in his personal possession after the production was completed. Mr. Castellano received this hat as a personal gift from Sinatra prior to leaving his service in 1981. The hat is in vintage screen worn condition with minor evidence of age and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Mr. Castellano.
Frank Sinatra co-produced “The First Deadly Sin”, and the film featured his last performance in a major motion picture. The film is also notable for actor Bruce Willis’ first onscreen appearance (in an un-credited background role). The movie was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award for “Best Motion Picture” in 1981.
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