The film King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
(1970) was shown by the Office of the Chaplain. Made two years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, produced by Eli Landau, directed by Richard Kaplan with screen sequences by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz and featuring appearances by over a dozen stars such as Paul Newman, Ruby Dee, Joanne Woodward, Bill Cosby and Walter Matthau, the film’s sounds and images played King’s words and deeds against the violence of both contemporary whites and blacks.
Shown originally for only one night at some 600 theaters nationwide, the three-hour film, at five dollars a ticket, raised some $3 million for The Martin Luther King, Jr., Special Fund. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film appeared occasionally on television after 1974.