White hat (film)

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In the movie industry, a white hat was a hero in a western movie. In such a movie the hero character would wear a white cowboy hat in contrast to the villain's black hat. Examples of such hero characters are Red Ryder, Tom Mix, and The Lone Ranger.

Rob Brydon riffed on this iconic use of the white hat in the TV series Director's Commentary when his character, director Peter De Lane, discussed making a 'good' character in a Western wear a black hat: "Can a good guy wear a black hat? Can a bad guy wear a white hat?"