From Real to Reel

THE 1967 MOVIE





Cast of charactors
Warner Bros. Movie



Production Company       Tatira-Hiller
Producer                 Warren Beatty
Director                 Arthur Penn
Screenwriter             David Newman
                         Robert Benton

Warren Beatty            Clyde Barrow
Faye Dunaway             Bonnie Parker
Michael J. Pollard       C. W. Moss
Gene Hackman             Buck Barrow
Estelle Parsons          Blanche  
Denver Pyle              Frank Hamer
Dub Taylor               Ivan Moss
Evans Evans              Velma Davis 
Gene Wilder              Eugene Grizzard
Clyde Howdy              Deputy
Ken Mayer                Sheriff Smoot



MOVIE TRIVIA
Warren Beatty crawled on his hands and knees across the floor of Warner
Bros. mogul Benny Kalmenson's office, begging him for the money to make the
film.

Screenwriters Robert Benton and David Newman collaborated for ten years
before writing Bonnie and Clyde, a film that was rejected by 20 directors
before it was turned into a movie classic by director Arthur Penn.

Benton and Newman worked on the script late at night while listening
to Flatt and Scruggs' recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

The Bonnie and Clyde movie was originally planned to be filmed in Black & White

Faye Dunaway's contract stipulated that she shall not be called upon to smoke,
consume or otherwise inhale more than three cigars per day while working in her role.

In Jack Warner's memo on the "Bonnie and Clyde" script, he wrote,
"Who wants to see the rise and fall of a couple of rats?"

French director Francois Truffaut was originally slated to take on the task
of directing  Bonnie and Clyde. It eventually fell into the hands of Arthur Penn. 

Gene Wilder made his film debut in "Bonnie and Clyde" in his role as a hostage.  

Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson were both considered for the role of
C.W. Moss. It was a no go, but they later starred in 1969's "Easy Rider"

Cher (Bono) auditioned for the role of Bonnie Parker

Gene Hackman was considered to be cast as Mr. Brady in "The Brady Bunch".
The part of Mr. Brady ultimately went to Robert Reed.

Filming for "Bonnie and Clyde" began at 4:30 am daily, and took 10 weeks,
with only one day spoiled due to inclement weather.

Many locals who served as "extras" in the background were paid a hefty $12 a day.

The Dallas home of Lilean Burns at 1717 Caddo Street was shot up and trashed
by the "movie outlaws," but was later restored back to it's original condition. 

The Joppa Preserve (Lemon Lake) in Dallas County, which was once a rallying
point for blacks after the Civil War, was used for the Dexfield Park ambush
scene in which Clyde's brother Buck and sister-in-law Blanche were captured.

Over 30,000 blank rounds were used in the movie, with nearly 7,000 blanks
alone having been fired during the Dexfield Park ambush scene.

Six truants from a Dallas Reform School were used as deputized teens
in the reenacted Dexfield shoot-out scene. (In 1933, teens had been deputized
to bring firearms out for the battle against the real Barrow gang.)

Dub Taylor, the actor who played the father of CW Moss had gotten letters
after the movie, asking him why he set up Bonnie and Clyde to be ambushed.

One of the first independent female casting directors in Hollywood, Ann Palmer 
also played the part of Bonnie's sister in the family gathering scene.

Evans Evans who played Bonnie and Clyde kidnap victim Velma Davis,
was married for over 40 years to the late John Frankenheimer who directed
Warren Beatty in "All Fall Down", Gene Hackman in "The French Connection II"
and "The Gypsy Moths", Faye Dunaway in "The Extraordinary Seaman" and
Estelle Parsons in "I Walk The Line".

While in the Dallas area during the filming of Bonnie and Clyde, Faye Dunaway
and Warren Beatty dined at "Rose's Bluebonnet Sandwich Shop" where Rose prepared
breakfast for the two stars. Rose's husband James Stivers, now deceased, had
played the part of the butcher who was assulted during a robbery.

Rose Stivers "Rose's Bluebonnet Sandwich Shop"


Producer Warren Beatty re-shot a bed scene with costar Faye Dunaway because
the original, lensed on location in Denton, Texas was too sexy.

Gene Hackman was on the set one day when he noticed a guy standing behind
him and staring. The man said, "Hell, Buck would've never wore a hat like that."
Hackman turned around and looked at him and said, "Maybe not." He looked like
an old Texas farmer. The man introduced himself and said, "nice to meet you -
I'm one of the Barrows."

The real Blanche Barrow said: "That movie made me look like a screaming horse's ass."

Warren Beatty later directed the 1990 movie "Dick Tracy", once again donning his
30s Fedora in the role as Detective Dick Tracy, taking along his co-stars from the
Bonnie and Clyde movie days who played a part of that film. Michael J. Pollard
had played "Bugs Bailey" and Estelle Parsons had played Mrs. Trueheart.

Special effects technicians spent almost two weeks rigging the movie "death car"
for the bullet holes, splintered glass, smashed windows and exploding tires.

Warren Beatty squeezed a pear in his hand, as a "cue" to the effects crew to
fire off the squibs which were attached to his and Dunaway's bodies -  which
made it appear that they were being riddled with bullets. He originally wanted
to squeeze a peach, which would have been juicier, but peaches were out of season,
so they injected the pear with water.

Stills from Warner Bros. movie "Bonnie and Clyde"




Created for Faye Dunaway by make-up man Emile LaVigne
Above photo shows one of the special effects "skin pulls" that were used on Faye Dunaway for her bullet-wound death scene.


Movie techs had tied one of Faye Dunaway's legs to the gear shift of the car during
the ambush scene to keep her from actually falling out of the car as her body went limp
and hung suspended outside of the car following Bonnie's death.








Mabel Bruce Cavitt
Red Oak Cemetery

The Warner Bros scene which showed the family gathering had been filmed in Red Oak, Texas, 7 miles southwest of
Seagoville, in a gravel pit which was lined with deep sand. Mabel Cavitt, a local resident and school teacher was
standing off to the side, as a spectator, where she was spotted by Penn to play the part of Bonnie's elderly mother,
because she had the "hard life look" that Penn thought the real Mrs. Parker carried. Mabel earned $100 a day, which
came to $225 a day, with overtime for two days of filming which took place in October.


Stills from Warner Bros. movie "Bonnie and Clyde"


Stanley Bruce Cavitt Ph.D.
Mabel Cavitt's son, born in 1934 in group photo below.



What you may not know about Mabel Cavitt's son, is that he majored in Chemistry at the University
of Texas in Austin, where he had lived in later life. In 1958 he was the teacher's assistant at the
University. He went onto become a patented inventor and authored at least one book on chemistry.


As a Graduate of the University of Texas 1960
















Morgan Woodward who portrayed "Boss Godfrey" in the movie "Cool Hand Luke"
was originally slated to play Frank Hamer. The part played by Denver Pyle.







"DEEP NIGHT" HEARD OVER THE OPENING CREDITS

"Deep Night"
Music by Charles Henderson
Lyrics by Rudy Vallee
Performed by Rudy Vallee
(heard over the opening credits)









The original script had Michael J. Pollard's character, C.W., as this football
player who was to be a sexual partner to both Bonnie and Clyde. Beatty said
"I'm not playing a homosexual", but Arthur Penn thought that Clyde should have
some sexual dysfunction, so they came up with him being impotent.

It took the movie makers five hours of hunting around the cemetery in West Dallas
to find Clyde and Buck's graves in "this huge garbage dump with bramble bushes
and beer cans". Finally, they found the joint headstone, which read
"Gone but Not Forgotten."





STAGE 2
Indoor scenes for "Bonnie and Clyde" had been shot at a 5,000 square foot,
air conditioned sound stage in Dallas. It was Stage 2 at 5642 Dyer Street owned
by Bill Stokes Associates, Inc., a Dallas firm which provides facilities and
equiptment for filming. Extensive bedroom sets were constructed on Stage 2 for
scenes in the many tourist and rooming houses visited by Bonnie and Clyde on
their crime spree in the 1930s. 


Bedroom scene (Warner Bros. still) filmed at Stage 2







A little known fact about the movie. Several of the movie's scenes were shot in
the small town of Crandall. Crandall is a city located in Kaufman County, Texas
about 23 miles from Dallas on Hwy 175. 

The specific scenes were:
 
1) when the father of CW Moss is talking to Hamer in
the ice cream shop
 
2) the location where Bonnie and Clyde stole the
undertaker's car

3) the location at the end of the movie showing
Arcadia LA was actually downtown Crandall.

anonymous contributor





THE HAMER LAWSUIT
Filmed out at Lemmon Lake is this still from Warner Bros. movie "Bonnie and Clyde"
In 1968 Hamer's widow and son, Frank Jr. sued the producers of the movie
for their portrayal of Frank Hamer, for defamation of character and were
awarded an out of court settlement in 1971. 




Check out the Nick Guzan imfdb.com contribution
"Firearms used in the Bonnie and Clyde Film"






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