The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964 film)
|The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald
The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald is a 1964 American film from Larry Buchanan. It is the first speculative trial drama to be produced about Lee Harvey Oswald only a few months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy along with the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald himself. The film was made in Dallas, and served as an idea of what the trial would have been like had it occurred, if Oswald hadn't been killed by Jack Ruby. In the film, the prosecution asserts Oswald committed the crime due to his Marxist beliefs, while Oswald's attorney presents an insanity defense, claiming he suffered from untreated paranoid schizophrenia since adolescence. Since the viewer acts as a juror, no verdict is given.
Dallas criminal defense attorney Charles W. Tessmer appears after the film to summarize its contents and encourages viewers to debate among themselves.
- Charles Mazyrack as Lee Harvey Oswald
- George Edgley as Presiding Judge
- Arthur Nations as Prosecuting Attorney Atkins
- George R. Russell as Defense Attorney Tyler
- Howard Ware as a Bailiff