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They've Killed President Lincoln! (1971)

The events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, dramatized using simulated documentary footage.


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Host / Narrator
Richard Bauer ...
Colonel Porter
Mark D'Angelo ...
Samuel Chester
Brian Donohue ...
Morris Engle ...
Liesel Flashenberg ...
Cast of Our American Cousin
Grayce Grant ...
Dorothea Hammond ...
Donald Hotten ...
Tom Kocherry ...
Cast of Our American Cousin
Joseph Leisch Jr. ...
Robert Leonard ...
Carol Marney ...
Cast of Our American Cousin


Hosted and narrated by Richard Basehart, this dramatization of the events leading up to and following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, takes the form of a documentary as it might have looked and sounded in 1865, had motion pictures existed back then. Utilizing simulated footage and, in some cases, genuine historical photographs, this TV special speculates that assassin John Wilkes Booth was part of a broad conspiracy against the president, and that if such a conspiracy did exist, that Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton may have been involved somehow. Includes recreated excerpts of "Our American Cousin," the play Lincoln was watching at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., the night that history was forever and irrevocably altered. Written by Eugene Kim <gene_kim@earthlink.net>

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Release Date:

12 February 1971 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Robert Prosky's TV debut. See more »

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16 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this film in many years, but remember being intrigued by the conspiracy theory that was espoused by the film. I suppose that conspiracy theories in general were popular at the time, in the wake of assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK. The one pointing to Stanton does not seem to have gained much credence with serious historians, though the film makes a good case for it... Richard Basehart was appropriately grim and suspicious as the narrator and the documentary style filming gave the narrative an air of credibility that helped "sell" it's theory. I'd love to see it again, if it would be released on DVD or rebroadcast on the History Channel or something....

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