Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Hutch’s Light Brown/Green Plaid Dress Shirt — March 6, 1979

Hutch’s Light Brown/Green Plaid Dress Shirt

Hutch wears it in:

04-18 Targets Without A Badge, Part 1
04-20 Targets Without A Badge, Part 3

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Hutch’s Silver Chain — October 24, 1978

Hutch’s Silver Chain

The silver chain here looks a little too thin and a little too long to be the chain of the claw necklace Hutch went on to wear regularly in S4. So this must be some other chain he wore just this once.

Hutch wears it in: 

04-06 Strange Justice

Hutch’s Claw Necklace —

Hutch’s Claw Necklace

One of Hutch’s S4 wardrobe additions, this necklace is often seen together with his favorite moon-and-star necklace.

Hutch wears it in:

04-06 Strange Justice
04-08 Dandruff
04-10 The Groupie
04-11 Cover Girl
04-12 Starsky’s Brother
04-15 Birds of a Feather
04-13 The Golden Angel (with the moon necklace)
04-14 Ballad for a Blue Lady (with the moon necklace)
04-16 Ninety Pounds of Trouble (with the moon necklace)
04-18 Targets Without a Badge, Part 1 (with the moon necklace)
04-19 Targets Without a Badge, Part 2 (with the moon necklace)
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3 (with the moon necklace)
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

In some of these episodes (e.g. Strange Justice), Hutch wears it under a t-shirt, but the shape can be seen through the fabric.

Hutch’s Shark Tooth Necklace — September 12, 1978
Starsky and Hutch’s Nike Le Village Sneakers —

Starsky and Hutch’s Nike Le Village Sneakers

Hutch’s mustache wasn’t the only major change in the guys’ Season 4 appearance: it was time to get new shoes for everyday wear! Hutch’s Tobaccos and Starsky’s SL-72s were never seen again. Both switching their Adidas to Nike at the same time sounds like The Powers That Be ordered some Nike product placement for this season. It’s funny that they ended up wearing the exact same model, the full leather version of Nike’s popular “Cortez” sneaker, released in the late 1970s as “Le Village”. Not just same model, but same color, too.

An advertisement from 1977 describes “Le Village”: “A beautiful stylish casual shoe with an athletic look. Soft, antique brown leather uppers. Cushier mid soles. As comfortable as they are long wearing.”
The price tag was $28.95.

In-universe, I love the fact that Starsky and Hutch somehow ended up with identical shoes – even if it was by accident, it didn’t bother them as they went on wearing them until the end. I wonder if they ever got their shoes mixed… Hutch probably has bigger feet, but it would still be funny if they eventually got frustrated and had to mark their shoes. Initials on the inside? Red insoles for Starsky?

I haven’t been able to track exactly the same model anywhere online (this 1979 model comes close, except for the orange text at the back), but many details can be seen well enough in the show:

Hutch’s Brown/Blue Plaid Shirt — February 15, 1978
Hutch’s Dark Brown Plaid Shirt — February 8, 1978
Hutch’s Red/Blue Plaid Hunting Shirt —
Hutch’s Brown Fur Collar Jacket — February 1, 1978

Hutch’s Brown Fur Collar Jacket

Even though it’s worn only three times in late S3, this leather jacket is a memorable one. Not only for its looks, but for its surprise appearance in Foxy Lady – in the early squad room scene, Hutch walks away to the water fountain wearing his favorite light-color leather jacket, bends down to pour some water and, whoa, next thing he’s wearing this jacket.

Hutch wears it in: 

03-16 The Trap
03-18 Class in Crime
03-20 Foxy Lady

 

Hutch’s Light Brown Plaid Dress Shirt — January 25, 1978
Hutch’s Big White/Brown Check Shirt — January 14, 1978
Hutch’s Brown/Red Plaid Shirt — October 29, 1977
Hutch’s Moon and Star Necklace —

Hutch’s Moon and Star Necklace

As necklaces go, this is one of Hutch’s favorites. It was one of those things I thought Hutch wore “all the time”, but surprisingly, its first ever appearance comes quite a few episodes into S3. In S4, he often wears it together with the claw necklace.

Hutch wears it in: 

03-08 The Heroes
03-11 The Collector
03-12 Manchild on the Streets
03-13 The Action
03-15 A Body Worth Guarding
04-13 The Golden Angel (with the claw necklace)
04-14 Ballad for a Blue Lady (with the claw necklace)
04-16 Ninety Pounds of Trouble (with the claw necklace)
04-17 Huggy Can’t Go Home
04-18 Targets Without a Badge, Part 1 (with the claw necklace)
04-19 Targets Without a Badge, Part 2 (with the claw necklace)
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3 (with the claw necklace)
04-22 Sweet Revenge

Details for replica hunters: The color is off-white or very pale yellow, material most likely some sort of plastic. I think it’s next to impossible to find a readymade replica out there, so it might be worth getting in touch with a polymer clay artist who takes custom orders (e.g. on Etsy). With very little material and a simple one-color design, a custom job might not cost much. Just specify the size of the moon charm and ask the artist about how the charms would be best attached on a chain/string so that they stay at a fixed distance from each other. I’d say the moon charm is about 0,8-1 inches high (though consider its size in proportion to the face of the person wearing it). It has some man-on-the-moon face details on it, and it’s identical on both sides, as Hutch wears the necklace both ways (with star on the right or star on the left), which leaves a question of how exactly the charms are attached to the chain. They do not hang loosely from the chain, they are *on* it. The star could be a bead style charm, meaning there’s simply a hole through it, or it could have a tight loop at the back. The moon probably has a small, tight loop at the back curve of the top tip. The chain itself might not be metal, it never sparkles or moves like a metal chain would – some sort of string might be a better choice.

The original necklace was David Soul’s own: there are a few versions of where it came from (from Lynne Marta, from a party thrown by Aaron Spelling…). At some point after Starsky and Hutch ended, the moon charm was replaced with a new one that doesn’t have any moon face details.

Hutch’s White/Green/Red Plaid Shirt (with green collar lining) —
Hutch’s Pink/Black/Grey Plaid Shirt — October 22, 1977
Hutch’s Ring — February 5, 1977

Hutch’s Ring

Hutch takes to wearing a large ring with a flat, green-ish stone setting during the second season. The ring was David Soul’s own, according to some sources a gift from his then girlfriend Lynne Marta (see e.g. S&H UK monthly magazine, issue 23, page 26). You can see him wearing it in his post-S&H works, too, such as Salem’s Lot. It is an impressive piece of Native American jewelry, either Navajo or Zuni. The UK magazine mentions the design has not only turquoise but also jet in it, but it’s hard to find a good, sharp close up of the stone. The more I look at it, an intricate turquoise/malachite/coral/opal/jet inlay wouldn’t be impossible.

This is the best photo I’ve found so far:

I think the ring first appears in 02-18 “Survival”, although there it looks like David Soul just forgot to take it off: Hutch doesn’t have the ring when he hurts his finger while cooking, but it’s on him when he drives out to the supposed meet. Then, the ring disappears for the duration of Hutch’s ordeal in the canyon, only to reappear in the tag. In “Survival”, Hutch wears it on his right ring finger, but he often switches it to the left hand (not sure, but it might be on his index finger sometimes, too).

The ring comes and goes for a while, but becomes a signature piece of jewelry for Hutch by Season 3; by Season 4, you rarely see him without it.

Hutch’s Dark Green/Orange Plaid Shirt — January 22, 1977
Hutch’s Red/Black Plaid Jacket —
Hutch’s White/Red/Black Plaid Shirt — January 15, 1977

Hutch’s White/Red/Black Plaid Shirt

 

This is an occasion where the garment “doubles” seem to have a story to tell. You can see from the tips of the collar that the shirt Hutch wears in The Psychic and that gets torn and bloody in the end is not the same one that appears in later episodes. So, one is inclined to think that Hutch really, really likes this shirt and either bought two of them to begin with, or got himself a new one after the first one got destroyed. Or maybe it’s another replacement type of gift from Starsky (like the car in Survival)?

Hutch wears it in:

02-15 The Psychic (shirt #1)
02-21 The Committee
02-22 The Velvet Jungle

Hutch’s Christmas Necklace — December 25, 1976

Hutch’s Christmas Necklace

I’m calling this the Christmas necklace, because the only time Hutch ever wears this large triangular pendant is at the 1976 Christmas party at Kiko’s. It looks like a stone inlay set in silver, but it’s hard for me to say what types of stones are used. But I can guess: the red bits in the middle might be coral, and maybe the blue areas are pieces of turquoise and opal? It is most likely a piece of Native American jewelry (Navajo or Zuni), possibly an arrowhead type of pendant with its slightly rounded sides.

Hutch wears it in: 

02-13 Little Girl Lost (tag)

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