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The Texas Movie Trail

Filmed on location in Waxahachie, May Pearl and surrounding area the movie  is set in 1935 Waxahachie, Texas, PLACES IN THE HEART tells a story -- not unlike the familiar story told by the film "It's A Wonderful Life" -- of the delicate balance one life can exert upon so many others.

 When Sheriff Royce Spalding is accidentally killed by a drunken gunman, his wife, Edna, is suddenly thrust into the role of provider for her two small children, Frank and Possum. Then "Mose," an out-of-work black man begging for every meal in the racist South of the Depression era, happens along with a scheme to plant cotton on her forty acres. It is the only chance Edna has to keep her family together.

Meanwhile, Mr. Denby, of the bank which owns the mortgage on the farm, is quick to extend a "hand of charity" to Mrs. Spalding by depositing his blind brother-in-law (Mr. Will) with her for safekeeping. Margaret, Edna's sister and a local "beauty operator," is unable to provide much help; her beauty shop is all that stands between herself, her philandering husband, and a small daughter on one side and poverty on the other. A tornado offers their first challenge. Emerging from the storm cellar, blind Mr. Will asks "How bad is it?" "Well," Mose responds, "everything's a little bent, but it's still here."

Next, the bottom falls out of the cotton market and Edna's only chance to make the mortgage payment is that she be first to bring her crop to the cotton mill and claim the $100 first prize for doing so. In her way is the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan which objects to Mose's efforts to best a white man to the prize money. In spite of the church setting of the final scene of the film, it seems karmic in its implications.



 Tender Mercies - Filmed on location Palmer, Texas 1983 - A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Writer:Horton Foote
Stars:Robert Duvall, Tess Harper and Betty Buckley






Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American crime thriller film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film also stars Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans and Mabel Cavitt.

The screenplay for the film was written by David Newman and Robert Benton, and is adapted from the exploits of legendary crime duo Bonnie and Clyde. Robert Towne and Warren Beatty himself (who plays Clyde Barrow) provided uncredited contributions to the script, while Warren 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, in that it broke many taboos and was popular with the younger generation. Its success motivated other filmmakers to be more forward about presenting sex and violence in their films.

Bonnie and Clyde 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.


Time Line

1926: Bonnie marries Roy Thornton, who is later imprisoned
November 1929: Clyde is arrested, and later released, for a series of robberiesJanuary 1930
Clyde and Bonnie meetFebruary 1930
Clyde is arrested and incarcerated in the McClennan County jail
March 8, 1930: Bonnie smuggles a gun to Clyde, which he uses to escape.
March 19, 1930: Clyde is captured in Ohio, extradited to Texas, and sentenced to 14 years
February 2, 1932: Clyde is paroled due to the efforts of his mother.
April 18, 1932: The Barrow gang robs a hardware store in Kaufman. Bonnie is arrested on April 19 and then released after 3 months.
April 30, 1932: The Barrow gang robs a store in Hillsboro, TX, killing the owner, John Bucher.
August 5, 1932: At an outdoor dance in Stringtown, OK, Sheriff Eugene Moore is killed, and Sheriff C. G. Maxwell is wounded.
October 11, 1932: Clyde kills a grocery store owner, Howard Hall, during a robbery.
December 25, 1932: Doyle Johnson is killed as his car is stolen.
January 6, 1933: Malcolm Davis is killed after attempting to arrest them in Dallas.
April 13, 1933: A shootout occurs at their hideout in Joplin, MO. Officers Wesley Harriman and Harry McGinnis are killed. The famous
June 10, 1933: The gang is involved in a car wreck. Bonnie is severely burned and crippled.
June 23, 1933: After a slight wreck, a shootout occurs, and Marshall Henry Humphrey is killed.
July 19, 1933: A shootout occurs at some tourist cabins in Platte City, MO. Buck Barrow is severely wounded, and his wife, Blanche, is partially blinded.
July 24, 1933: The Barrow gang is camping out at Dextfield Park, IA when a large posse opens fire. Buck dies in custody several days later, and Blanche is imprisoned.

November 22, 1933: On the way to a visit with their families, Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by Dallas police. They escape with minor wounds.
January 16, 1934: A prison break is staged by Clyde to get Ray Hamilton out. One officer, Joseph Crowson, is killed, and four other prisoners escape.
February, 1934: Frank Hamer is hired to catch Bonnie and Clyde.
April 1, 1934: Two Grapevine police officers, E. B. Wheeler and H. D. Murphy, are killed by Clyde and Henry Methvin. Bonnie reportedly steps out of the car and shoots the dying officers again.
April 6, 1934: Two police officers stop to investigate their stalled car. Constable Calvin Campbell is killed. Police chief Percy Boyd is kidnapped, but later released.
May 23, 1934: Hamer and his posse, using information provided by a gang member's father, ambush and kill Bonnie and Clyde in Gibsland, LA.





 The Historic Pasano Hotel, Marfa, Tx - The Hotel Paisano was built by Charles Bassett of El Paso and opened in June 1930. It was one of five hotels that he built in west Texas and eastern New Mexico of the Gateway Hotel chain. He commissioned notable architect Henry Trost of Trost and Trost in El Paso for the architectural design.

The construction company was McKee Construction out of El Paso that had built most of the early Hilton Hotels around Texas in the 1920's and 1930's as well as most of the office buildings in downtown El Paso of that era.

The Paisano was for the most part a cattleman's hotel for its first 40 years. Ranchers from all over the area had business meetings here and bought and sold their herds from the lobby of the hotel. The railroad depot was two blocks away so many rail travelers stopped in for a night in their travels between California and San Antonio. The hotel was also the prime location for social events within a 100 mile radius of Marfa. Many weddings, parties, receptions, proms and meetings were held at the Paisano.

In 1955 Warner Brothers chose Marfa as the location for the filming of the epic movie Giant. In June of that year the cast and crew including James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson made the hotel their headquarters. Today, the hotel still has many visitors that come to see and remember Giant. James Dean's hotel room here is one of the most popular that we have to offer. In July 2005 the Chamber of Commerce is having a 50th anniversary celebration of the movie with hopes to attract some of the stars from the movie.

The hotel closed in the late 1970's as a working hotel. In 2001 the building was purchased with plans to be restored back into its 1930's splendor. After three years of renovations we now have 33 rooms and suites available for the public. Like in the 1930's the Hotel Paisano is again becoming a destination in and of itself in far west Texas for guests visiting local art foundations, (The Chinati Foundation), the Marfa Mystery Lights , Big Bend National Park, Mexico, and attractions such as McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, and the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop Highway .

While we visiting the hotel the clerk  told us that there had been reports from various guest who have experienced strange things happening in James Deans suite as well as Rock Hudson.  We cannot confirm any of this but it would be fun to try! I had heard this rumor from several people several months prior to our visit.

If you get hungry, there is a great restaurant in the hotel, Jets Grill.




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