MCM: Tuxedos – Happy New Year!


Obviously, I’m not going to cover every person who has ever appeared in a tuxedo on film, because that would be literal madness, take me weeks to compile, and bore everyone to tears. Instead, I’m going to feature my favorite shortlist of tuxedo into a work of art in a wide range of historical flicks!

Oh, and the Great Gatsby is officially 100 years old this year! Crazy how time flies! We did a round up of all the Gatsbys fit to film a while back, so have fun!


Richard Armitage in North & South (2004)

Richard Armitage, North and South (2004)

Set in the 1840s, this is really pre-tuxedo. But I’m including it anyway because it’s 1) white tie, and 2) Richard Armitage.


Rupert Graves in The Forsyte Saga (2002-2003)

Here we have another entry in the white tie category, worn by the perennially handsome Rupert Graves.


Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic (1997)

Ah, now we have a proper white tie tuxedo! Gotta love the peak lapel on Leo for maximum formality.


All of these guys from Downton Abbey


White tie and tails for only the very best of occasions.


Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in Jeeves & Wooster (1990-1993)

“If I might suggest, sir – it is, of course, merely a palliative – but it has often been found in times of despondency that the assumption of formal evening dress has a stimulating effect on the morale.”


Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria (1982)

1982 Victor Victoria

Somehow we have managed to not do a Woman Crush Wednesday featuring Julie Andrews, nor have we done a review of Victor/Victoria. Both of those things are getting remedied shortly!


Do you have a favorite frock flick tuxedo? Share it with us in the comments!

17 Responses

  1. Northcountry gal

    Aren’t most of these full evening dress (white tie and tails) rather than the less formal dinner jacket (also called tuxedo)? They are all nice anyway!

  2. Aleko

    But only two of these – Gatsby and Jeeves & Wooster – show tuxedos (or dinner jackets, on this side of the Pond)! All the other stills are of people in white tie and tails, which is an entirely different order of dress.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I think Morocco (1930), where she most famously wore a tux in a film, was set in the late ’20s / 1930, so it doesn’t really count as a historical costume movie.

    • M.E. Lawrence

      Oh, lord, yes! No one wore a tuxedo as well as Marlene. And I agree with Michael about the historical timeline.

      • Saraquill

        Agreed with Marlene. Every time I think of her in a tuxedo, I drool inside.

  3. Michael McQuown

    I would argue that by default any movie made before, say, 1940 is a costume movie. Which means most of them are probably historically accurate — unless they’re set in another historical period, then they’re fair game.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      Nope – we’ve addressed this in our FAQ before —

      Frock Flicks came about because we wanted to look at how historically accurate costumes are in film/TV. That rules out any productions set in their contemporary era because those are not historical costumes. There’s no challenge to “recreate” 1930s clothing when you made a film in the 1930s — but when you’re making a film in the 2010s & set a story in the 1930s, there’s a question of accuracy.

      • MoHub

        Thank you! Somehow, Michael seems to have missed the point entirely, so I’m glad you explained what this site is about.

  4. Brandy Loutherback

    Julie Andrews, practically perfect in every way! End of story.

  5. Heather Ripley

    Yes! Please do write a WCW for dear Julie and I can’t wait for the review of Victor Victoria, such a fun film with a few delicious costumes.

  6. Maryanne

    Very much there for a review of Victor Victoria, my favourite movie!

  7. Jillian

    Is it weird that I know exactly which episode of Downtown Abbey that pic is from?

    • Janet

      Nope👍🏻 🤣. You are not “weird” or alone…I knew as well ✌🏻😁

  8. Cheryl from Maryland

    Please when reviewing Victor/Victoria do not forget to mention how fabulous James!Garner!, Robert!Preston!, and Alex!Karras! were costumed in White Tie/Tuxedos. Not to mention their fabulosity period, along with the performance of Lesley Ann Warren. Thank you.

  9. Lily Lotus Rose

    Whatever Daniel Day Lewis was wearing in The Age of Innocence. HELL YES to that!! And also, just HELL YES to Daniel Day Lewis.