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Famous Umbrellas in Movies

Updated on September 29, 2014

Props have always been every actor’s bestfriend, as it builds a certain identity. For Wayne and Garth in Wayne’s World, it’s the Mirthmobile. Game Of Death, the elating Yellow Jumpsuit, for Star Wars, it’s the Lightsaber, and so on and so forth.

As for the movies listed below – or characters for that matter – it’s hard to imagine how a simple yet sturdy umbrella sealed the deal in making their characters significant, highly-acclaimed and some of the most memorable personas in the history of cinema.

Singing in the Rain

The famous song and dance number from the movie Singing In The Rain, where the actor, Gene Kelly blissfully sings the eponymous song as he tap dances while all soaked in wet, will definitely give you the worst case of LSS. But not only had this whimsical number made the movie memorable and influential, the props – include Kelly’s suit and umbrella that is – has created a valuable impact by itself, that it became one of the most referenced and parodied scenes in the history of the cinema. Some of these include A Clockwork Orange, Shanghai Knights, Volkswagen, Glee and The Simpsons.

Batman Returns

There are a number of memorable umbrellas used in this movie. And like Batman’s trusty utility belt, Penguin’s sunshades have various uses like flamethrowers, gun, blades, propellers, and even for misdirecting Batman. With all those plain-looking black umbrellas that director, Tim Burton incorporated to establish Oswald Cobblepot’s demented character, the swirl umbrella stands out as the perfect prop to define Penguin’s character (the similar umbrella pattern was also used in the original 60s Batman series). The animal carousel umbrella comes in second, which depicts a creepy contrast relating to Penguin’s backstory and grudge against the aristocrats and babies in the film (Being the deformed baby who was ditched by his parents in the sewer because of his appearance).

How I Met Your Mother

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There’s no way this particular umbrella will going to miss the cut. This simple plot device was well employed by creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays to help represent and connect the character of the “Mother” all throughout the series. And until the ending, this umbrella served its purpose in introducing and connecting the main character, Ted Mosby and the mother, which was finally appeared in the season 8 finale, and revealed its name, Tracy McConnell, in the series finale (Last Forever). The Yellow Umbrella became synonymous with the series, and became so popular that it even has its own (unofficial) website and Twitter page.

Lost In Translation

Lost In Translation is a story about two completely different individuals trying to adapt to the current state they’re both dealing with in a place they already considered alienating. Two of the things we really loved about the movie is how the characters, Bob and Charlotte dealt with their own struggles as they developed an unusually romantic friendship over the course of the movie. The other one is the clear vinyl umbrella, which Johansson effortlessly used with downright style in one her scene where her character roamed around the streets of Tokyo. This is one of those few reasons why Japanese clear umbrella sparked a fashion fad, not only in America, but all over the world as well… Okay, the Suntory Whisky commercial comes in as a runner up as well!

Mary Poppins

The kids were probably gone all ecstatic and exited when Disney put the classic children’s book, Mary Poppins on the big screen in 1966. It wouldn’t be a surprise since top billed actors, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews frontlined the musical fantasy movie. And the titular character wouldn’t be complete without her epochal parrot umbrella. During and after the movie’s epic success, the popularity of the umbrella began to rise, becoming sort of an unofficial trademark of the movie/book. 50 years after its release, the umbrella’s fame never faltered, and still one of the sought after movie souvenirs in Hollywood.

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