On this day, April 24, in 1953, robbers were gunned down in what became known as the Great St. Louis Bank Robbery. The crime was adapted into a movie by the same name starring then-unknown Steve McQueen.

The actual bank heist went awry, and police officers and thousands of onlookers were waiting outside for the three robbers to emerge.

The subsequent siege ended with an injured police officer and two dead bank robbers, one of whom took his own life, after vowing, "They'll never take me." A third robber made a getaway but was quickly arrested.

The movie came out in 1959. McQueen played the college dropout who gets lured into becoming the getaway driver.

In the movie, Mel Stein, a St. Louis police officer who shot and killed one of the robbers, played himself.

-Scott McCabe