PAMELA BROWN SAID:
>>> "[David L. Wolper's 1964 film "Four Days In November"] has a narrow focus on the assassination. It parrots the WCR. What a surprise. No wonder "DVP" likes it." <<<
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
Damn right, "Pam". I love it. Have for years.
And that movie is just as fresh (and more importantly, valid) today as it was when it was first screened in New York City on October 7, 1964. And that's because executive producer David Wolper and director Mel Stuart FOLLOWED THE EVIDENCE WHERE IT LED THEM -- to Lee Harvey Oswald and his guns.
"Four Days In November", narrated by actor Richard Basehart, isn't tainted and marred by the conspiracy crazies like Jim Garrison and Mark Lane (etc.), because the movie was completed well BEFORE the Warren Commission even finished its work. And that fact has always amazed me somewhat too.
I've often wondered how the film could be based (at least in part) on the Warren Commission's findings, which it clearly says it is during the opening credits of "Four Days" (with the Warren Commission being listed at the very top of the credit marked "Film and Research Sources"), when those Commission "findings" weren't even known to the public until a mere ten days before the movie debuted in NYC on 10/7/64?
Perhaps Mr. Wolper and company were privy to some "inside" info from the WC before the Commission made its conclusions public on 9/27/64. ????
In any event, Wolper, Stuart, and writer Theodore Strauss probably also utilized a lot of their own common sense when putting the film together (plus there's a "United Press International" credit in the opening titles as well).
So even without the benefit of having some kind of advanced knowledge of the Warren Commission's findings and conclusions regarding the assassination, there would still have been a whole lot of accessible "Oswald Did It Alone" material to work with between November 1963 and the film's New York City premiere in October 1964.
Not to mention the fact that the film's executives talked to (and filmed) several of the actual witnesses related to the events of November 22, 1963 -- such as Buell Wesley Frazier, Linnie Mae Randle, Johnny Brewer, and William Whaley.
And as we all know, still to this very day, there is absolutely no hard evidence of a conspiracy in JFK's murder....which makes David L. Wolper's "Four Days In November" as accurate and praiseworthy in the 21st century as it was in 1964.
ANTHONY MARSH SAID:
>>> "Various posters are claiming that Frazier and Oswald never talked. Yet Frazier goes into depth about how they were discussing why Oswald wanted the ride out to Irving on Thursday afternoon." <<<
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
RELATED TOPIC (re: Lee Oswald and Wesley Frazier talking to each other):
During the filming of David L. Wolper's 1964 United Artists feature motion picture, "Four Days In November", Buell Wesley Frazier made the following comments concerning the paper package and the conversation that took place between Frazier and his soon-to-be-famous passenger, Lee Harvey Oswald, during their drive to work from Irving to downtown Dallas on the morning of November 22, 1963:
"I went out the back door; Lee was standing just outside the door; and we walked to the car. As we were getting in the car, I saw the package; and I said 'What's the package, Lee?', and Lee said 'curtain rods'. ....
"The only comment that was made on the way to work was about babies and the weather. I always managed to get some comment out of him [Oswald] about children, because he seemed like he was very fond of them. And I asked him, 'Did he have fun playing with the babies?' And he says, 'Oh, yeah' and kinda chuckled to himself. ....
"About the only other comment that was made was about the weather. It was a hazy day, and we both said if it didn't clear up it was sure gonna be a bad day."
[A little later, after re-creating the drive from Frazier's home in Irving to the Texas School Book Depository's employee parking lot....]
"He [Oswald] got out of the car, see, and picked up the package while I was charging my battery, see. The battery needed charging pretty bad. And then when I got out of the car, and [was] fixin' to shut the door, he started walking a little bit faster. And he finally got about fifty feet ahead of me."
RE: LINNIE MAE RANDLE AND HER "PACKAGE" OBSERVATIONS:
"About 7:10 AM in the morning, I was preparing lunches, I looked out the window and saw a man, whom I learned later was Mr. Oswald, crossing the street with a package approximately two-and-a-half feet long." -- LINNIE MAE RANDLE; AS SHE NARRATED HER OWN ACCOUNT OF EVENTS FOR THE 1964 FILM "FOUR DAYS IN NOVEMBER"; AUDIO FILE AVAILABLE HERE.
"2-and-a-half feet long" = 30 inches.
The empty bag found below the sniper's window = 38 inches.
Linnie Mae was only off by a little more than half-a-foot. And she certainly didn't have the slightest reason to scrutinize the dimensions of that paper bag Oswald was carrying at the time she noticed it (approx. 7:10 AM CST on Nov. 22, 1963).
Put yourself in Linnie's place -- i.e., you see a guy with a paper package. You have no reason to think to yourself at 7:10 AM (5+ hours before JFK is shot) that this guy with this package might be up to no good and might have a weapon inside that bag.
Therefore, why would you (or anybody in this same innocuous situation) say to yourself: Gee, I think I'd better mentally "measure" the length of that package, just in case I'm called upon to provide its dimensions to the authorities at a later date.
Linnie Mae Randle's "2-and-a-half feet long" estimate is fairly close to the length of the empty 38-inch-long bag (with Lee Harvey Oswald's prints on it) that was found abandoned in the Depository's Sniper's Nest on the afternoon of November 22nd.
Also --- I'm not entirely sure of the exact date that Randle made those verbal comments for David Wolper's "Four Days In November" movie (which is a film, btw, that was made just months after the assassination, and which had its New York City premiere on October 7, 1964, a mere 13 days after the completed Warren Report was handed over to LBJ).
So, it's possible that those filmed comments by Randle could have preceded her 1964 Warren Commission testimony, which is official testimony that includes these remarks:
LINNIE MAE RANDLE -- "What I remember seeing is about this long, sir, as I told you it was folded down so it could have been this long."
JOSEPH BALL -- "I see. You figure about 2 feet long, is that right?"
MRS. RANDLE -- "A little bit more."
David L. Wolper's 1964 television "companion piece" to
"Four Days In November", entitled "A THOUSAND DAYS: A TRIBUTE
TO JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY", also narrated by Richard Basehart:
David Von Pein