The Internet Archive is offering a freely downloadable digital video of the 1953 Westinghouse Studio One television production, The Trial Of John Peter Zenger.
The video had been removed from the archive some time ago, but is back, presumably because any copyright claims on the program have been resolved. It certainly would be ironic if a film of America’s first landmark freedom-of-speech trial ran into difficulties with modern media law!
Astute media historians will note that Anna Zenger, who kept the newspaper going while her husband was in jail, is played by Marian Seldes, niece of legendary journalist George Seldes. She also appears as a narrator in the documentary film about Seldes life, Tell the Truth and Run.
The Zenger trial also was dramatized by the radio series You Are There, which is also available at archive.org
(I’ve attempted to embed a video player for the Studio One episode here using Vodpod, but so far it isn’t showing up. I’ll leave the link for debugging purposes.)
Vodpod videos no longer available.