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"You lost today, kid, but that doesn't mean you have to like it."
Garth to Indiana Jones[src]

Garth, also known as "Fedora", was the leader of a gang of hired treasure hunters who retrieved the Cross of Coronado from a canyon site in Utah in 1912 for the antiquities collector Panama Hat.

BiographyEdit

Cross of Coronado

Garth "recovered" the Cross of Coronado in Utah

On a looting excavation in Utah in 1912, Garth wore a leather jacket and brown fedora, unaware he was being watched by a young boy scout named Indiana Jones. While Garth's back was turned, Jones stole the Cross of Coronado and raced away on horseback.[1]

Garth and his men chased after Jones in cars, and followed when the boy transfered to the top of a passing circus train. The man in the fedora confronted Jones who backed away and fell through the roof of the lion car. Garth helped Jones escape the dangerous situation but after the scout declared that the artifact should be in a museum he retreated into Doctor Fantasy's Magic Caboose. Garth directed his men to make sure Jones couldn't double back and entered the caboose in time to see Jones hide inside a magic box. Knowing he had the boy trapped, Garth urged him to come out when the box suddenly collapsed with no-one inside. Garth rushed to the back of the train to see Jones flee home.[1]

Fedoras

Garth consoles the young Jones for failing.

Eventually, Garth and his gang approached the Jones house and recovered the salvaged artifact for his client Panama Hat with the assistance of the local Sheriff. However, Garth admired young Jones' attempt to claim it, for which he gave the boy some words of encouragement, along with his hat, which he placed on Jones' head before walking out the door.[1]

In 1941, during World War II, after nearly losing his fedora in a plane crash off the coast of Haiti, Jones told his friend George McHale the story of how he acquired his fedora when he was a boy scout and discovered Garth robbing the Cross of Coronado.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Garth was a grave robber who wasn't interested in the historical value of the artifacts he found with his gang in order to sell them to the highest bidder, as when he found the Cross of Coronado in 1912 and chose not to donate it to any museum despite its importance in history.[1]

However, unlike his companions and these negative traits, Garth had some good in him, as he sympathized with the young Indiana Jones who tried to steal the Cross back as when Jones was in danger to be killed by a lion, Garth urged the boy to throw his whip to him so he can be pulled to safety instead of leaving the boy to suffer a grisly death at the paws of the feline, in addition to give him his fedora once he concluded that the boy had lost and was sad for that.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Garth/Fedora was played by Richard Young in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A few months after the film's premiere, Young reprised the role in a live performance for the opening show (which was produced by Steven Spielberg) of the 1989 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. "Fedora" is the name of the character given in the script and credits. While the subtitles on both the 2003 and 2008 editions of the Last Crusade DVD acknowledge the Fedora name spoken by Roscoe, Ryder Windham's junior novelization of the film and the Spanish dub of the film gives his name as Garth.

During the development of the film's script, written by Jeffrey Boam, Fedora was originally going to be the central antagonist of the prologue sequence, before the Panama Hat character was created.[3] Early drafts also alluded to him being Abner Ravenwood, Indiana's future mentor.[4] However, all references to this identity have been removed from the final cut, although he still appears more prominently than the other hunters with close-ups.

Additionally, Fedora ended up being the only one who sympathized with the young Indy unlike his companions, prompting them to save the young Jones when he was in danger of being killed by a lion at the Dunn & Duffy Combined Circus train. Interestingly, in the storyboards for the film, Fedora was depicted urging Jones to leave the Cross of Coronado behind (in a manner similar to the film's climax when Indy implores Elsa Schneider to save herself) so he can be pulled to safety.[5]

The character seems to reappear in Wolfgang Hohlbein's novel Indiana Jones und das Verschwundene Volk (Indiana Jones and the Lost People) where it's suggested his name is Jake, though ambiguities in the story's narrative could be referring to Half Breed instead.

In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Fedora and his men chase both Indy and Herman onto the train after discovering them at the canyon site. After the defeat of his men, Fedora manages to reach the magic car but after realizing that the scouts have escaped, he surrenders, so he never regains the Cross of Coronado nor gives Indy his hat. Although the Young Indy sequence is omitted from the sequel, Fedora still appears in a photograph while Marcus Brody speaks with Indy and, in this version, Sallah about their mission to recover the Cross of Coronado.

There were plans by Hasbro in 2009 for an action figure of Garth and an Adventure Heroes set with action figures of the Young Indiana Jones and Garth, but the toyline was cancelled before these could be made.[6][7]

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