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In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted,... See full summary »
When the child of world-famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh is kidnapped from his New Jersey home, speculation about who took him and why grips the entire nation. During the subsequent investigation, the child is found murdered, and a German carpenter named Bruno Richard Hauptmann emerges as the primary suspect. The media buzz surrounding the trial is enormous, and while the facts seem to be against Hauptmann, the wild theories nevertheless continue to proliferate. Written by
The character of Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf (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 »
In the first 20 minutes of the movie (taking place in 1932) they showed a 1938 or 1939 Ford Police car (with siren). See more »
In deep appreciation this film is dedicated to Leonard Horn for whom it all began. See more »
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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