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Posted By - Brian Falk
Aug 29, 2013 at 2:27pm | Filed Under “Parkland

“Presidents in Peril”

Here at The American Film Company, we've now made movies based on the two most famous assassinations in American history. And while the murders of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy have always captured the nation's attention, many forget that there were two other presidents assassinated, not to mention "serious" attempts on several others:

1901 - Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of William McKinley, is apprehended by members of the crowd at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, NY after shooting the President. He is later viciously beaten by authorities, sustaining injuries that, at the time, many believed could prevent him from standing trial.

1912 - Teddy Roosevelt survives an assassination attempt thanks to the contents of his breast pocket -- a 50 page campaign speech and metal glasses. He even speaks for 90 minutes after the shooting, claiming "it takes more than that to kill a bull moose."

1950 - Two Puerto Rican Nationalists attack Harry Truman while he lives in temporary quarters during the White House renovation. Truman escapes the attack unscathed.

1975 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempts to shoot Gerald Ford but fails to chamber a round in her Colt. 45. Immediately following the failed attempt, she yells "It didn't go off. Can you believe it? It didn't go off."

1981 - Ronald Reagan is the only sitting president to survive a gun shot wound, in this case at the hands of John Hinckley, Jr. Hinckley asserted that he was trying to kill the President in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster.

That still leaves James Garfield, Andrew Jackson, Herbert Hoover, FDR, Nixon, Bush, Clinton and more.

Join this chat to discuss presidents in peril, both famous and obscure.



  • Kressel
    12/30/2013 at 4:22pm


    Sarah Vowell's ASSASSINATION VACATION taught me all about the assassinations of Lincoln, McKinley, and Garfield. I followed up on the Lincoln assassination with MANHUNT by James Swanson, which is really about the chase for John Wilkes Booth. Together, both books are good preparation for "The Conspirator," but though "Parkland" does not advocate any conspiracy theories, the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy is what convinced me that a conspiracy was behind JFK, too. On the other hand, the McKinley and Garfield assassinations were both perpetrated by lone wolves, so I suppose it is possible.

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  • Karacook
    10/03/2013 at 9:44pm


    Parkland isn't coming to Panama City. ): I'm so sad now I have to wait even longer to see it.

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  • JohnnyAppleseed
    09/04/2013 at 8:10pm


    And Squeaky's famous exclamation made the cover of Newsweek magazine!

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Brian Falk

President, The American Film Company

Brian Falk recently directed GHOSTS OF THE PACIFIC for The American Film Company. His producing credits include THE CONSPIRATOR and PARKLAND. Brian has also produced more than eighty hours of broadcast news, documentaries, and television series worldwide for a variety of outlets including PBS,... More

Brian Falk


“The first doctor to treat President Kennedy was Dr. Jim Carrico, a 28-year-old, first-year surgical resident.”

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