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The Bonnie Parker Story
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The Bonnie Parker Story (1958)
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by William Witney
Release Date 1958
Studio American International Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Bonnie Parker Dorothy Provine
Guy Darrow Jack Hogan
Duke Jefferson Richard Bakalyan
Chuck Darrow Joe Turkel
Paul Baxter William Stevens
Tom Steel Douglas Kennedy


The Bonnie Parker Story is a 1958 crime drama loosely based on the real story of Depression-era bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Dorothy Provine made her major feature debut as Parker, while the Barrow character was renamed "Guy Darrow" and played by Jack Hogan. Aside from the name changes and many anachronisms, The Bonnie Parker Story focuses more on the fictional legend of the "cigar-smoking" gun moll than the known facts of the Barrow gang, though it does include elements like Bonnie's criminal ex-husband and the gang's deadly prison break that have not been featured in other major movies like the more famous Bonnie and Clyde (1967). This was an early release for low-budget production label American International Pictures (AIP) and was released alongside Machine Gun Kelly starring Charles Bronson as another real-life 1930s outlaw.


The following weapons were used in the film The Bonnie Parker Story:


Handguns

M1911A1

Bonnie Parker (Dorothy Provine) carries a M1911A1 as her preferred sidearm, often drawn to fend off the advances of her own gang.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Bonnie pulls an M1911A1 on Guy.
Bonnie with her M1911A1
Bonnie draws an M1911A1, this time on Duke.
Bonnie racks the slide after hearing someone at the door.
Bonnie with her M1911A1 during the armored car heist.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket

At one point, Bonnie Parker (Dorothy Provine) draws a Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket pistol while planning a heist.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket - .25 ACP
Bonnie, armed with her Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket, directs Duke and Guy.

Colt Official Police

An armored car guard fires a Colt Official Police at Bonnie, Guy, and Duke.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
The armored car guard fires his Colt.

Submachine Guns

M1921AC Thompson

Guy Darrow (Jack Hogan) and Bonnie Parker (Dorothy Provine) wield M1921AC Thompson submachine guns during their crime spree, though it's documented that the Browning Automatic Rifle was the preferred weapon of the actual Barrow gang.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
Guy Darrow shows off his Thompson
Guy unsafely wields his Thompson — finger on the trigger — in Bonnie's room.
Bonnie fires the Thompson from a getaway car.
Bonnie hides with her Thompson ready.
Bonnie and Guy collide weapons.
Guy covers Bonnie during the armored car heist.
Tom Steel (Douglas Kennedy) picks up a Thompson during the final ambush.

Rifles

Winchester Model 1894

Several police officers and vigilantes carry Winchester Model 1894 lever-action rifles.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Winchester-armed officers approach the gang's hideout.
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An officer named Frank carries a Winchester rifle as Steel organizes an ambush.
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Unidentified Rifle #1

Duke Jefferson (Richard Bakalyan) uses a rifle during the armored car heist.

Duke aims his rifle during the armored car heist.

Unidentified Rifle #2

Tom Steel (Douglas Kennedy) uses a sporterized bolt-action rifle to track down Bonnie and Guy.

Tom Steel carries his rifle.
Steel aims.
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Shotguns

Winchester Model 1912

Several police officers carry Winchester Model 1912 shotguns.

Winchester Model 1912 - 12 gauge
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Double Barreled Shotgun

Guy Darrow (Jack Hogan) and his brother Chuck (Joe Turkel) frequently use hammerless double-barreled shotguns.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
Guy paces with his shotgun while the gang camps out.
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Chuck fires his shotgun into the air.
Guy and Bonnie during the armored car heist.

Other

Federal L-5 Gas Riot Gun

A federal agent accompanying Tom Steel and his officers carries a Federal L-5 Gas Riot Gun.

Federal L-5 Gas Riot Gun - 37mm
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Toy percussion revolver

A young boy "corners" the gang with a toy cap gun designed to resemble an early percussion revolver like the Colt 1851 Navy.

The boy "captures" Bonnie, Guy, and Duke.

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