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Bonnie & Clyde Movie Car

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film features Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons, with Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans, and Mabel Cavitt. The screenplay was written by David Newman and Robert Benton. Robert Towne and Beatty provided uncredited contributions to the script; Beatty also produced the film. The soundtrack was composed by Charles Strouse. Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film, and is regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, since it broke many cinematic taboos and was popular with the younger generation. The film's ending also became iconic as "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history". The film received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It was among the first 100 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Bonnie & Clyde Death Hats

The actual hats, worn by Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, on the Day that they were ambushed and killed. This is the tan fedora hat, that Clyde Barrow was wearing, when he and Bonnie Parker were ambushed and killed on May 23, 1934, near Gibsland, Louisiana. The Hole in the brim of the hat was caused by one of the many rounds fired into the couple, while sitting in their 1934 Ford Sedan. The small sequined tam-styled hat belonged to Bonnie Parker and was recovered from the “Death Car” after the notorious Texas Outlaws were killed. This and some of the other personal items were returned to the family.

 
  

 
  
A Swatch of Cloth From The Wool Pants That Clyde Barrow Was Wearing at The Time He Was Killed by Federal Agents
Smith & Wesson 32L Revolver SN#348767 & and Bullets taken directly from from Bonnie & Clyde Death Car


 
  

 
  
Ray Hamilton 22 Colt Rifle

Used by Raymond Hamilton, who was part of the Clyde Barrow/Bonnie Parker Gang in 1934. This is the small frame Lightning .22 rimfire caliber, #56944, made in 1901. The rifle has a 24” octagonal barrel and is missing the buttstock and slide handle. Most of the metal has a dark patina and some fire scale with scattered light pitting ,the factory markings are legible. ”My name is John Curington. I am 73 years of age and practice as an Attorney at Law. I reside in Big Sandy, Upshur County, Texas ... My father’s name was Delbert Z. Curington. I am the owner of a .22 caliber Colt rifle which was given to my father by Bill Decker, Sheriff for Dallas County, Texas. The gun belonged to Raymond Hamilton, a well renowned criminal who was one of the Barrow Gang in the early 1930s ... Sheriff Decker and my father were close friends and he told my father that the rifle was used by Raymond Hamilton during an armed bank robbery in Texas. Sheriff Decker reported that the rifle had been seized during a shoot out between Hamilton, Barrow, and Parker and the authorities. Decker told my father that Bonnie Parker tried to burn the rifle by setting an outhouse on fire with the rifle in it.” On January 16, 1934, Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, and a young associate named Jimmy Mullins helped Raymond Hamilton and three other prisoners escape from the Easton Prison Farm. During the escape a prison guard by the name of Major Crowson was fatally wounded, which incensed Texas Department of Corrections Chief Lee Simmons so much that it led him to hire retired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. Raymond Hamilton was known to have robbed the R. P. Henry Bank in Lancaster, Texas on February 27, 1934, but it is not believed that Bonnie Parker was present. On March 6, 1934, Hamilton left the Barrow Gang and carried out two more bank robberies in Texas before the month was out. On April 5, 1935, Hamilton was captured in Fort Worth. On May 10, 1935, Raymond Hamiton was executed in the electric chair (‘Old Sparky’) at Huntsville’s death row for his part in the murder of Major Crowson during the January 16, 1934, prison escape.

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