Tuesday, September 8, 2009
More on the toup-less pics.
So what is the deal with the two toup-less pictures that we presented in the previous post? We've been spurred to investigate further thanks to a reader who pointed out that the images were likely taken in 1957.
The bearded gentleman in the above picture is actor Lee J. Cobb. A joint venture search at Imdb.com reveals that Shatner and Cobb worked together three times: On the TV series Studio One - episode title "No Deadly Medicine" (1957); on the movie The Brothers Karamazov (1958) and in a 1965 episode of the TV show The Virginian.
Cobb is pictured to the left in the above image from The Brothers Karamazov (which was filmed in 1957 and released in early 1958). In Karamazov, Shatner wears a cap-like wig - he was portraying a novice in a monastery, after all.
The likeliest scenario for these toup-less Shatner pictures is that the actor brought his wife to the studio while filming Karamazov and they took some snaps during a tour of the MGM lot. After all, this was Shatner's first feature-film role and he must have been very excited to be in such a movie. The married couple had moved to Los Angeles specifically because of Shats landing this role.
On a separate note, we've managed to add a more detailed and enhanced section to the first photograph - we tracked down a close-up of part of the image and connected it to the rest. We should note that the original (the first picture we ever posted at this site) was sourced here.
The greater detail reveals the extent of the thinning taking place at the front and the missing section at the top rear. Bar one attempt at growing longer hair and combing it over (see here), while in front of the camera, this thinning would start to be concealed with a variety of toupees and hairpieces for the rest of Shats' career (until the Denny Crane "plugs" phase).
As for whether the pics were taken on the same day, it seems likely, although Shats' thinning hair does seem a little shorter at the top in one picture, but that could be a trick of the light.