Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Starsky’s White/Blue/Brown Plaid Shirt — March 6, 1979

Starsky’s White/Blue/Brown Plaid Shirt

The color description may be guesswork here. Might be black instead of blue.

Starsky wears it in:

04-18 Targets Without a Badge, Part 1
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

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Starsky’s White/Blue/Red Plaid — January 23, 1979
Starsky’s Brown Plaid Jacket —
Starsky’s Light Summer Plaid — September 12, 1978
Starsky’s Red/White/Green Plaid Shirt — May 10, 1978
Starsky’s Brown Plaid Shirt (S3-S4) — March 1, 1978
Starsky’s White/Black Small Check Shirt — February 8, 1978
Starsky’s White/Blue Small Check Shirt — November 26, 1977
Starsky’s Yellow Plaid Shirt — November 19, 1977
Starsky’s Red/Blue/White/Black Plaid Shirt — October 29, 1977
Starsky’s Purple Plaid Shirt — October 1, 1977
Starsky’s Navy Blue Shirt with White Trim — September 24, 1977
Starsky’s Red Plaid Shirt — March 19, 1977
Starsky’s Blue Plaid Shirt — March 5, 1977
Starsky’s Brown Plaid Shirt (S2) — November 6, 1976
Starsky’s Brown Leather Jacket — October 2, 1976

Starsky’s Brown Leather Jacket

This one needs no introductions: it’s the one that ends up with bullet holes in the back. It is as much part of Starsky as the Torino, and probably his favorite garment in the show. Enthusiasts mention it is a “Dockworker” jacket by the California-based sportswear label Golden Bear.

A quick count tells me Starsky wore the jacket in over a third of all episodes, of which all but one were in S2-S3. The exception, of course, is Sweet Revenge. It’d be easier to list the S2-S3 episodes in which he didn’t wear it, but for the sake of completeness, here goes:

Starsky wears it in:

02-01 Murder at Sea, Part 1
02-05 Gillian
02-06 Bust Amboy
02-07 The Vampire
02-08 The Specialist
02-09 Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back Into Your Hearts
02-11 Nightmare
02-12 Iron Mike
02-13 Little Girl Lost
02-14 Bloodbath
02-15 The Psychic
02-16 The Set-Up, Part 1
02-17 The Set-Up, Part 2
02-18 Survival
02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-20 Huggy Bear and The Turkey
02-21 The Committee
02-22 The Velvet Jungle
02-24 Murder on Stage 17
02-25 Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty
03-01 Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island, Part 1
03-03 Fatal Charm
03-04 I Love You, Rosey Malone
03-07 The Crying Child
03-08 The Heroes
03-09 The Plague, Part 1
03-10 The Plague, Part 2
03-12 Manchild on the Streets
03-13 The Action
03-14 The Heavyweight
03-15 A Body Worth Guarding
03-17 Satan’s Witches
03-18 Class in Crime
03-19 Hutchinson for Murder One
03-22 Quadromania
04-22 Sweet Revenge

PS. Here’s the jacket when Paul finally sold it in a charity auction in the 2000s. There are three bullet holes in the back, but also one on the side, and I’ve been told there was a fifth hole somewhere, possibly on the sleeve.

Starsky’s Donald Duck Jacket —

Starsky’s Donald Duck Jacket

I leave it to you to decide if this blue jacket with white details really belongs to Starsky or if he snatched it for temporary personal use from the endlessly outrageous Metro undercover garment stash: he first wears it in his undercover role as the ship’s entertainer in “Murder at Sea, Part 1”, but the second and last time he sports it (again with the memorable cut-off jeans) in his free time in the opening scene of “Vendetta”. It’s a pity it’s only seen in these two episodes – the strangely cross-eyed Donald Duck emblem on the breast somehow makes it perfect Starsky-wear – childish but worn with such attitude that you don’t mess with this guy just because he chooses to wear silly clothes. The long white drawstrings hanging from the hem perfect the goofy look.

EDIT: Not cross-eyed after all:

Starsky wears it in:

02-03 Murder at Sea, Part 1 (undercover)
02-10 Vendetta

Starsky and Hutch’s Red Sweater — March 3, 1976
Starsky’s Blue Windbreaker Jacket — September 10, 1975

Starsky’s Blue Windbreaker Jacket

Starsky wore this jacket regularly in Season 1 and occasionally in Season 2. It was part of one of his classic looks: blue Adidas, blue jeans, blue t-shirt/light blue shirt, and blue jacket. That outfit remains a cosplay favorite.

Some details for replica-seekers: the jacket is almost blackish blue, very simple cut with moderately sized collar, elastic in the cuffs, and two vertical pockets outside and probably two breast pockets inside (e.g. Hutch checks and Starsky himself pats both sides looking for a pencil in “Savage Sunday”). The tops of the seven metal snaps are slightly brighter blue than the fabric. Starsky usually closes only the two bottom snaps.

Starsky wears it in:

01-01 Savage Sunday
01-02 Death Ride
01-03 Texas Longhorn
01-04 Snowstorm
01-05 The Fix
01-06 Death Notice
01-07 Pariah
01-08 Kill Huggy Bear
01-11 Captain Dobey, You’re Dead
01-12 Terror on the Docks
01-15 Hostages
01-19 Jo-Jo
02-01 The Las Vegas Strangler, Part 1
02-07 Vampire
02-11 Nightmare
02-12 Iron Mike
02-19 Survival
03-07 The Crying Child (the opening scene recycled from Nightmare)

Starsky’s Pinky Rings — April 30, 1975

Starsky’s Pinky Rings

Starsky wears two rings in his left pinky all through the show, one golden with some kind of knot, and another a braided silver band.

The rings are Paul’s – he wore them outside the show, as well as in other projects before and after “Starsky and Hutch”. To my knowledge, Paul has never told where the rings came from or what they signified to him. According to dedicated PMG fans, he stopped wearing them sometime after marrying Elizabeth.

In fanon, there’s rather wide agreement that the rings belonged to Starsky’s father, but nothing is ever said about their history in the show.

When using stunt guys/doubles, they rarely bothered to add this detail to the Starsky costume, so when you see Starsky in action without his rings, or close-up of his hand without them, it’s almost certainly a stunt guy/double. Sometimes, like in “The Action” when he switches the dice, you do see a close-up of “Starsky’s hand” with a different ring on it.

There is a small curiosity about the look of the rings in S4 (see the pictures below). In previous seasons, the silver and gold bands sit closely together, but in S4 (maybe already in late S3) there almost always seems to be a wider gap between the rings that doesn’t seem to be just shadows. I’ll keep looking for clearer close-ups before making any definite claims, but an additional ring, maybe a narrow bronze braid, wouldn’t be impossible.

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