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Speeding Bullitt: The Life and Films of Steve McQueen

Feb 6, 2020

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery was based on true events that happened on April 24, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri, when career criminal Fred William Bowerman and two other men entered the Southwest Bank with the intention of stealing up to 200,000 dollars. Four years later Charles Guggenheim and John Stix made a movie about the incident staring Steve McQueen. Tune in to this episode to hear Andrew Wanko, Public Historian with the Missouri Historical Society, talk about the the details of the crime and the history of Tower Grove Park. Later in the episode, McQueen expert Marshall Terrill answers questions about McQueen’s experience filming the heist movie.