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Bloody Mama (1970)

359 Valley Street
Yellville, AR


This low-budget film directed by Roger Corman starred Shelly Winters, Bruce Dern, and a 26-year-old Robert De Niro. Featured in the film is the 34-room Cowdrey Mansion in Yellville. (top right photo)

A somewhat exaggerated account of Ma Barker and her sons, Herman, Lloyd, Arthur, and Fred, as they terrorized the mid West and the Ozarks during Prohibition. According to several accounts, Ma wasn’t capable of planning the crimes she and her gang were accused of committing. One account is by Alvin Karpis, who joined forces with the family in the 30s and was the last “public enemy” captured.

The production company put red velvet flocked wallpaper in the dining room. The paper is no longer there but a framed piece of it, along with an explanation, now hangs on the wall.


Encyclopedia of Arkansas


Yellville is located in the Arkansas Ozarks, approximately 130 miles north of Little Rock via U.S. 61 and Ark. 14. The town is famous for it's annual Turkey Trot Festival each October.


This was actor Robert De Niro’s film debut.