The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  26 February 1976 (USA)
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Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Alexander ...
Violet Sharpe
Sian Barbara Allen ...
Peter Donat ...
John Fink ...
Mr. Anderson
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Gov. Hal Hoffman
Frank Marth ...
Chief Harry Wolfe
Lt. Jim Finn
Robert Sampson ...
John Curtis
Joseph Stern ...
Dr. Schonfeld
Katherine Woodville ...
Betty Gow (as Kate Woodville)


Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.

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Crime | Drama






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26 February 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Entführung des Lindbergh-Babys  »

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Did You Know?


The character, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf played here by Peter Donat, was the father of Norman Schwarzkopf of Desert Storm fame. He also founded the New Jersey State Police and was a narrator of the radio series "Gangbusters". See more »


On the stand Bruno said he was gassed on Xmas 1918, the war ended on Nov. 11,1918. See more »

Crazy Credits

In deep appreciation this film is dedicated to Leonard Horn for whom it all began. See more »


Referenced in Without a Trace (1983) See more »

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Thought Provoking
23 December 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

It was a good thing that this enactment began directly with the crime itself, rather than lengthy Lindbergh background information. Hero parade footage under the opening credits sufficed.

The viewer was plunged into the night of the kidnapping, which was meticulously presented, as was every aspect of this torturous event.

One became aware of the media circus that ensured, spurred on by an invasive press and "nosey" public. One was struck by the absurdity of so many people reaching their own conclusions without being privy to actual case evidence.

What was particularly disturbing was the re-enactment of a capital punishment crowd brandishing its "eye for an eye" primitive philosophy. Likewise, was the extreme consequences offered by the price of fame.

A worthy cast included several veteran actors, bringing great feeling to their roles. Despite its over-length, the drama maintained interest.

The ending credits admitted to the story's being "based" on fact, with "some characters and incidents fictional." Just where the lines of demarcation occurred left one hanging regarding full script credibility (ironically, I caught this on the "True Stories" channel).

For a general background of this highly publicized case, this enactment provided useful informative.

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