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Guest Eugene B. Connolly

When fiction becomes fact........

A/ Suddenly (1954)

B/ Ocean's Eleven (1960)

C/ Manchurian Candidate (1962)

D/ Seven Days in May (1963) (1964 Release)

(JFK vacated White House while this film (D) was being made)

What do the above films all have in common?

1/ All made before assassination of JFK (Seven Days in

May was filmed in 1963 and released in 1964).JFK was

keen that the film should be made and vacated the

White House to allow the filming of some scenes there.

2/ All made during the Cold War Years.

3/ All involve themes of subterfuge, political machinations and crime.

4/Two involve the removal by force of a democratically

elected President (A,D) or political candidate for high office.

5/ Ocean's Eleven involves the meticulous planning and

execution of the robbery of a Casino but in the end

crime does not pay.The robbery although skilfully

executed fails.The film is basically a romp.

For robbery substitute an assassiation

which does not fail.

6/ Three (A,B,C) except Seven Days in May (D) have Frank Sinatra in a leading role.

Sinatra's wife does have a leading role in Seven Days in May.

7/ Peter Lawford,JFK's brother-in-law,was in Ocean's Eleven.

Ocean's Eleven has a Mafia (Cosa Nostra) theme running through it.

It has been alleged that Frank Sinatra had Mafia connections.

Did some of Sinatra's alleged associates get ideas?

8/ Sinatra withheld Suddenly from distribution for several years after JFK assassination.

9/ Oswald is said to have viewed Suddenly several times and

it was supposed to have been his favourite film.

10/ All of the films above portray fictitious events.

Were some people "inspired" by fiction

to turn fiction into fact?

Query:

Is it possible that these films may have contributed

to the culture of political assassination and crime and

in particular to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

Did any, if not all, of the above films lay the foundations

for political assassination in the America of the late 50s and early 60s?

Did some people in America in those years having

watched these films forget the famous words of Alfred Hitchcock when he said:

"It's only a movie"?

EBC

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When fiction becomes fact........

A/ Suddenly (1954)

B/ Ocean's Eleven (1960)

C/ Manchurian Candidate (1962)

D/ Seven Days in May (1963) (1964 Release)

(JFK vacated White House while this film (D) was being made)

What do the above films all have in common?

1/ All made before assassination of JFK (Seven Days in

May was filmed in 1963 and released in 1964).JFK was

keen that the film should be made and vacated the

White House to allow the filming of some scenes there.

2/ All made during the Cold War Years.

3/ All involve themes of subterfuge, political machinations and crime.

4/Two involve the removal by force of a democratically

elected President (A,D) or political candidate for high office.

5/ Ocean's Eleven involves the meticulous planning and

execution of the robbery of a Casino but in the end

crime does not pay.The robbery although skilfully

executed fails.The film is basically a romp.

For robbery substitute an assassiation

which does not fail.

6/ Three (A,B,C) except Seven Days in May (D) have Frank Sinatra in a leading role.

Sinatra's wife does have a leading role in Seven Days in May.

7/ Peter Lawford,JFK's brother-in-law,was in Ocean's Eleven.

Ocean's Eleven has a Mafia (Cosa Nostra) theme running through it.

It has been alleged that Frank Sinatra had Mafia connections.

Did some of Sinatra's alleged associates get ideas?

8/ Sinatra withheld Suddenly from distribution for several years after JFK assassination.

9/ Oswald is said to have viewed Suddenly several times and

it was supposed to have been his favourite film.

10/ All of the films above portray fictitious events.

Were some people "inspired" by fiction

to turn fiction into fact?

11/

Query:

Is it possible that these films may have contributed

to the culture of political assassination and crime and

in particular to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

Did any, if not all, of the above films lay the foundations

for political assassination in the America of the late 50s and early 60s?

Did some people in America in those years having

watched these films forget the famous words of Alfred Hitchcock when he said:

"It's only a movie"?

ADDED 11/

11/

He Walked by Night (1948)

American film noir starring Richard Basehart

and Whit Bissell tells the story of an ex-serviceman killer who keeps his rifle wrapped in a blanket and who is pursued by two relentless police officers (Basehart and Bissell).One scene shows a policeman who stops a suspicious man (the killer) to question him.The police officer gets out of his car and is shot dead by the killer with a pistol.

The film was produced by Johnny Rosselli - although his name was not mentioned in the film credits.

Did Rosselli use this scene as a template for the ex-serviceman Oswald's(?) shooting of Officer J.D.Tippit?

The film is referenced in the book

Ultimate Sacrifice by Lamarr Waldron and Thom Hartmann.

EBC

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