This weekend if full of many activities across the State and throughout the county as well. Once such event is going to take place in Poteau that is going to be an "EPIC" and you can be a part of a reenactment of LeFlore County History.
Sugarloaf Mountain Productions is shooting part of the Bonnie and Clyde bank Robbery in Downtown Poteau on Saturday August 31, 2013. "Be sure to come out and show your support," stated Eric Standridge, Director of Main Street Matters."We hope to have downtown Poteau full."
Standridge has been working with Steven Sewell of Sugar Loaf Mountain Production to try and get everything as authentic as possible. The Hotel Lowrey is all set up and ready to look like it did in 1930's.
People are encouraged to come out and watch the event. T Shirts will be available in sizes from small through XXL. Cost will be affordable. Proceeds support Poteau Mainstreet.
It's sure to be a fun-filled event. So come out and show support for the "Clyde Project" and the city of Poteau.
"I want to thank Eric Standridge, the Poteau Police Dept and all the rest involved for all they are doing to prepare for Saturdays shoot," said Sewell. "SMP will have the shot list/schedule of production events posted on the front windows of Poteau Main Street for the public's interest. We will break for lunch at 12:00."
NOTE: General parking will be located in front of Dollar General and at City Hall. Because Witte will be closed off, pedestrian traffic will have to use the Dewey Plaza walkthrough.
If you are on location Saturday watching the filming please respect the call for "quiet on the set." Foreign to the scene sound pickups will result in us having to shoot a scene over again. Vocal sounds such as: babies crying, sneezing, coughing, screaming, yelling, laughing, crying, object sounds such as cell phones ringing, music playing, etc. - Thank you.
A little bit of Hollywood is coming to Poteau as Sugarloaf Mountain Productions works on it latest film project about the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
The film will depict an accurate account of the Central National Bank robbery in Poteau by Clyde Barrow and his gang in 1934. Steven Sewell of Sugar Loaf Mountain Productions working in conjunction with Eric Standridge, Historical writer and Director of Poteau Main Street Matters are recreating the robbery on film, helping to preserve a part of LeFlore County History.
So far SMP has cast Andrew Billy of Poteau in the role of Clyde Barrow and Sarah Bennett in the role of Bonnie Parker. Bennett is no stranger to SMP, having appeared in the SMP 2013 production of "Broken Faith." "We are looking forward to working with them on this project," said Sewell.
Here is what happened on that Thursday January 25, 1934, according to Sewell and Standridge.
Shortly before noon, Clyde and his gang drove a stolen blue Plymouth sedan down Dewey Avenue, turned right onto McKenna, and parked just outside and towards the rear of Central National Bank, which was then on the corner of Dewey and McKenna. Dressed in expensive-looking suits, Clyde Barrow and Raymond Hamilton got out and calmly walked through the front door of the bank. Joe Palmer remained in the car with the engine running, waiting for their return.
After entering the bank, Clyde and Raymond raised the shotguns they had concealed on the way in and pointed them at C. P. Little, a customer, and cashiers May Vasser and W. A. Campbell. Little and Campbell were immediately ordered to lie on the floor while Vasser was allowed to sit in a chair.
After quickly subduing the people inside, Clyde moved behind the counter, opened the bank drawers, and stashed all of the currency and silver into a bag. He then forced the employees to open the safe. He then took all of the cash that was inside.
While Clyde was busy emptying the drawers, another customer entered the bank. Pat Fulson was oblivious as to what was going on at first, but once he saw Raymond's shotgun he quickly understood. He soon joined C. P. Little on the floor.
Outside, J. M. Butler became suspicious after seeing the mud-covered Blue Plymouth sedan parked along the side of the bank. The rear window of the car was knocked out. Butler thought that it was possible that a machine gun was probably concealed in the rear. This suspicion prompted Butler to grab a gun and enter the bank.
During this time, Clyde was busy emptying the vault, which left Raymond alone to guard the hostages. J. M. Butler entered the bank, but wasn't prepared for what greeted him as he walked through the door. Raymond was waiting, and after promptly relieving Butler of his gun forced him to join the others on the floor.
Clyde and Raymond exited the front of the bank with $1,500 and ran down McKenna Street to the waiting car. Anticipating a lengthy chase and possible gunfight, they stopped briefly to put the front windshield down so they could shoot their guns if they needed to. Joe Palmer was already on the move when Clyde and Raymond jumped in the car.
Having been notified of the robbery, E. G. Goodnight, president of the bank at the time, accompanied officers as they chased the bandits. The chase lasted around ten minutes before the officers gave up chase. It soon became obvious that Clyde had lost them somewhere in the hills near Wister.
Clyde and his gang would see their final demise four months after the robbery in Poteau. Bonnie and Clyde's reign of terror ended with a bloody shoot-out on May 24, 1934, when the couple were ambushed and gunned down in Gibsland, Louisiana.
Sugarloaf Mountain Productions works with high-end technology equipment and software to develop high quality in studio photography, and open air documentaries, commercials, music videos and movies. SMP was created in the fall of 2011 when pre-production work began on a short film entitled "The Book" and the newest release "Broken Faith" premiered in July 2013.