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Release Date:
14 January 1965 (Mexico) See more »
Not a Newsreel...A Full Length Motion Picture, Filmed Secretly in Dallas
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  (in credits order)
George R. Russell ... Defense Attorney Tyler
George Edgley ... Presiding Judge
Arthur Nations ... Prosecuting Attorney Atkins
Charles Mazyrack ... Lee Harvey Oswald
Joreta C. Cherry ... Court Reporter (as Joreta Cherry)
Howard Ware ... Bailiff
Don Gillespie ... Attorney
Dan Terrell ... Attorney
Bill Peck ... Attorney
Jenna Jordan ... Witness
Raymond Bradford ... Witness
Ted Mitchell ... Witness (as Theodore Mitchell)
Edwin Cherry ... Witness
Bill Bell ... Witness
Bill McGhee ... Witness (as William McGhee)
Jonathan Ledford ... Witness
Bill Thurman ... Witness
Charles McLine ... Witness
Tommie Russell ... Witness
Annabelle Weenick ... Witness (as Anne MacAdams)
Dale Howard ... Witness
Bob French ... Witness
Jack Dunlop ... Witness
Bill Carter ... Witness
Nathan Wyle ... Witness (as Nathan Wyll)
Robert Dracup ... Witness (as Bob Dracup)
Max W. Anderson ... Witness (as Max Anderson)
Shirley McLine ... Witness
James 'Ike' Altgens ... Witness (as Jim Altgens)
Barnett Shaw ... Witness
Wallace Edwards ... Witness
Armand Jones ... Witness
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles W. Tessmer ... Himself
Desmond Dhooge ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Buchanan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Buchanan 
Harold Hoffman 

Produced by
Harold Hoffman .... producer
Cinematography by
James R. Davidson 
Film Editing by
Larry Buchanan 
Set Decoration by
Bill Mitchell 
Sound Department
Bruce Howard .... sound mixer
Sheilds Mitchell .... sound recordist (as R. Shields Mitchell)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy E. Adams .... gaffer
J.H. Beall .... key grip
Olin W. Dalton .... assistant camera
Henry A. Kokojan .... camera operator (as Henry Kokojan)
Jack Specht .... assistant camera
Other crew
Ralph K. Johnson .... production assistant (as Ralph Johnson)
Betty Sooter .... script supervisor

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98 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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References Kings of the Sun (1963)See more »


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It didn't totally suck....and that was a disappointment!, 22 June 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film was directed by one of the worst film directors of the 1960s, Larry Buchanan. Up until he made "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald", he'd made a few porno films and following this film he made a small name for himself as a crap film maker--with such dreck as "Mars Needs Women", "Zontar The Thing From Venus" and "Curse of the Swamp Creature". In fact, his bad films are the reason I actually decided to watch this DVD. After all, the dozen or so of his films I have seen were hilarious--unintentionally so!. This is because they were so horribly made that they simply have to be seen to believed--and they'll induce laughs in the process! "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald" is not a terrible film...and this really surprised me. Now I am NOT saying it is good--there is a lot that is pretty poor. But, the overall idea is pretty good and I loved the printed text at the beginning of the movie--it served to set a great mood.

The movie purports of be what WOULD have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald had actually made it to trial. I am sure that when the film debuted the grieving public was no-doubt offended by its exploitational nature, but the idea was pretty clever. The only problem, however, is that the film is incredibly dull for several reasons. First, the perspective of much of the film is as if the audience is in the jury box. This makes the film feel very confined and static. Second, none of the actors are recognizable actors and mostly seem to be inexperienced--and their delivery often betrays this. This is NOT a film created by thespians!! Third, because it comes off like a court trial, it's pretty unexciting--because real court cases are pretty dull stuff. Fourth, there aren't too many surprises or interesting stuff. Conspiracy nuts and everyone else just won't find enough to keep them awake! Despite all the serious problems, the film at least has some merits and is an occasionally interesting curio. But, sadly, because there are so few interesting moments and it doesn't totally suck like the rest of Buchanan's films, it's certainly NOT a must-see.

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