The Asheboro branch now has two copies of Killers Three available on DVD and available for check out. The 1968 movie was shot in and around Ramseur and features many Randolph County places and people.
A hillbilly moonshine exploitation movie starring Dick Clark, Killers Three is the story of Johnny (Robert Walker, Jr.), a driver for a moonshine boss. His old Army buddy, Roger (Dick Clark) comes to visit Johnny, wife Carol (Diane Varsi), and their son Tony. They plan to blow up the safe of a bootlegger, steal $200,000 and head off for a new and better life in sunny California. Their plans fall apart when Roger uses too many explosives and draws the attention of the Federal agents who've been staking out the town. Things go from bad-to-worse and, according to the song lyrics, "they never meant to kill anyone, but now they're on the run." Heavily influenced by the film Bonnie & Clyde, they leave a very bloody trail for the posse to follow. By the film's end there are many bullet-riddled bodies!
Merle Haggard has a small role (until Dick Clark kills him!) and sings a few songs with the help of his band The Strangers. Bonnie Owens (former wife of Buck Owens and at the time of this film, wife of Merle Haggard), sings at a hillbilly party. The soundtrack-album featured Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens, Kaye Adams, and Jack Clement. Merle Haggard sings his own compositions including "Mama Tried." Mike Curb, Harley Hatcher and Jerry Styner were credited for the music score under Sidewalk Productions, Inc. Robert Walker Jr., Diane Varsi, Dick Clark, Norman Alden, Maureen Arthur, Tony York, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens, John 'Bud' Cardos, Beach Dickerson, Jerry Petty. Killers Three!
The DVD also includes several short subject anti-drug films from the 1960's.