Anachronism : Hair gel for men

The PEPLUM genre exploded during the 1950s all the way up to the mid-60s and one popular but quickly fading look for men back then was the whole Brylcreem style which was fine on men in contemporary times but totally out of character for stories set in Antiquity. There might have been some product in those days which men used to sculpt their hair but it certainly didn't look like the greased-up Elvis Presley pompadour style.

Richard Egan in ESTHER AND THE KING (1960)

Rory Calhoun in COLOSSUS OF RHODES (1960)...oy!

Victor Mature in THE TARTARS (1961)


Roger Browne in VULCAN - SON OF JUPITER (1963)

Lex Johnson in THE RAPE OF THE SABINES (1962)

Kirk Morris is Brylcreem perfection in MACISTE - AVENGER OF MAYANS (1965). As a bonus, Luciano Marin, on the left, also has an anachronistic hairstyle.

2 comments:

Scott Ochiltree said...



Good point and first class compilation as usual.

Richard Svensson said...

Looking at old family photos, my mom's brothers were Brylcreem perfection too. One of them got lambasted by his mom for not cleaning out the gunk before getting into bed. It seems this very artificial hairstyle was the epitome of a man's man look back then.