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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 148

    Get Carter, 1971

    Price Realised  

    Get Carter, 1971
    A double-breasted trenchcoat of heavy black cotton embellished with buckled straps at the cuffs and matching belt, labelled inside Aquascutum... above the checked lining, with additional printed wardrobe label in the inside pocket marked with a typescript code:60631Reg42 supplied to Michael Caine as Jack Carter in the 1971 MGM film Get Carter; accompanied by a corresponding black and white photograph of Michael Caine wearing an identical coat on the set of the film whilst pretending to be a clapper loader in front of the vendor and the film's stunt team who were similarly pretending to be the camera crew -- 7½x10in. (19x25.5cm.) (printed later); and a letter concerning the provenance from Johnny Morris stating that this trenchcoat was one of two used in Get Carter by both Michael Caine and himself as his double, this particular coat was reserved for the fight sequences (3)


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    Although the vendor states that there were two trenchcoats used in the film, the whereabouts of the other one is unknown.

    Michael Caine's black trenchcoat is a key costume featuring throughout the film. It is first seen over Caine's arm as Carter leaves the train on reaching Newcastle. Carter then wears it throughout the film whenever an overcoat is used, even in the final sequence when he's assassinated on the shore.

    Johnny Morris was stunt director and technical advisor on this film. He was particularly keen that the fight sequences should be realistic. Unlike other action films of the period, such as Bond, where the fights went on for 5 minutes or more, he wanted them to be as close to authentic gangster fights as possible. In his words: "When someone got hit...they stayed hit. He persuaded director Michael Klinger and Michael Caine of the merits of this method and as a result the impact of these sequences was brutally shocking.

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    Post Lot Text

    Photograph courtesy of BFI stills
    C M.G.M