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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964)

A film that speculates how Lee Harvey Oswald's trial may have played out had he not been killed by Jack Ruby.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George R. Russell ...
Defense Attorney Tyler
George Edgley ...
Presiding Judge
Arthur Nations ...
Prosecuting Attorney Atkins
Charles Mazyrack ...
Joreta C. Cherry ...
Court Reporter (as Joreta Cherry)
Howard Ware ...
Don Gillespie ...
Dan Terrell ...
Bill Peck ...
Jenna Jordan ...
Raymond Bradford ...
Ted Mitchell ...
Witness (as Theodore Mitchell)
Edwin Cherry ...
Bill Bell ...
Bill McGhee ...
Witness (as William McGhee)


A film that speculates how Lee Harvey Oswald's trial may have played out had he not been killed by Jack Ruby.

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Not a Newsreel...A Full Length Motion Picture, Filmed Secretly in Dallas







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14 January 1965 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

El asesinato del siglo  »

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1.66 : 1
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The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald - 1964
5 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is half the length of the 1977 film of the same name, and a far superior effort. Made in black and white, it stages the trial Oswald might have had if Jack Ruby had not inflicted summary justice on him two days after the Kennedy assassination. It is more bland, but it has to be said, is also more accurate.

The film includes an extract from the radio interview Oswald gave in August 1963. Oswald does not take the stand in this film, and an insanity defense is set up, the only one feasible in view of the weight of the evidence against him. Anyone who hears Oswald's eloquent defense of an independent Cuba in the aforementioned interview is free to disagree with him in whole or in part, but no honest person could claim he was insane. Nevertheless, the verdict is left not to the scriptwriters but to the jury, which means you.

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